SMITHVILLE – North Heartland Community Church, 4800 NW 88th St., Kansas City, will hold a candlelight vigil to honor Kolby Ruff, a sophomore swimmer in Smithville who is currently suffering a traumatic brain injury following a two vehicle accident Christmas has come.
The vigil will be held on Sunday, March 21st at 7 p.m. near Smithville Dam on Smith’s Fork Campground. The service takes about half an hour. Kozak Cares then offers cocoa and cookies. GT Tow Service and Corkill Media are also helping to run the event.
His mother Yvonne Ruff continues to update her son’s status in a private Facebook group.
Yvonne said the family had received a lot of help and support from their church and ward. The family received letters “almost every day” from people saying they were praying for Kolby.
“People turn to us almost every day to share their survival stories, and all of that love, support, and concern help us.”
Kolby has taken steps to enable types of rehab over the past three months. He recently did a push-up after starting from a resting position on two medicine balls.
Yvonne said that even with activities like sitting in a chaise longue to get more time out of bed and being in an upright position, she has seen improvements that Kolby needed less support in such situations.
She said the family’s insurance company hadn’t accepted a motion to move Kolby from Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City to a more specialized rehab facility like Madonna Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.
“We are grateful that Children’s Mercy Kolby is helping with various therapies,” said Yvonne. “However, brain injuries are not her specialty and we hope to have him on a rehab program soon.”
For more information on supporting the Ruff family, visit the Kolby Ruff – Kolby Strong Facebook group at facebook.com/groups/242606267062571.