“I have known Kayley since she was 18 months old. Even from that young of age I have noticed her perseverance and determination. She has always impressed me with her will and wit. I was lucky enough to be her caregiver over the years and form a lasting friendship with her and her family. Kayley has taught me many lessons on how to be a better person and professional. Her strength, determination, drive, energy, humor, and attitude has gotten her through some very rough times. I am honored to know her and call her my friend.” – Julie Dowling


“Kayley is the type of student you get once in a career.  She inspired me on a daily basis to be a better person and a better teacher.  You can’t be a part of her life and not be touched by her strength, her beauty, and her desire to succeed.  And she has done that over and over again.  I consider myself blessed to have been her teacher, and now to call her my friend. – Paula Hawks, SD Legislature


“Some people might know Kayley as the girl in the wheelchair. I know her as my BEST FRIEND!! We have been best friends since I can remember; we were in the same classes together and always had a great time in school. I remember when it was too cold outside, she got to pick one friend to stay inside – I was lucky enough to be chosen every now and again. From playing Putt Putt Saves The Zoo (which we finally beat and we thought we were the coolest kids in class), to Oregon Trail, or even ALWAYS having gum with her, we have always had a great time. She’s always been my best friend and is there whenever I need something. We don’t talk as much as we used to, but when we start we pick up right where we left off. She ALWAYS has a smile on her face, even if she is in pain. She is and will always be my best friend.” – Joy Schumacher


“For nearly twenty years and counting, Kayley has never once failed to amaze me. I personally have never prayed so hard for so many consecutive years for someone so special to overcome such great odds—most of which you and I will never ever face in our precious time on Earth. Often times we find ourselves “overwhelming the skies with prayers” for Kayley. In times of triumph. And always in times of tribulation. She has taught me so much in life and I will be eternally grateful for all these things—patience, acceptance, incredible strength and smiling through so much pain. She blows me away crushing goals and lighting up this community with her smile.” – Kathryn Wynthein