Caring for Kailyn |

Caring for Kailyn

While most of us were back to our everyday lives following Easter weekend, Kailyn Forsberg was at Copper Mountain striving to match or beat the silver medals she had earned earlier in the USASA National Freeskiing Championships. Her attempt during the aerial competition met with a horrific accident instead. Airlifted to Children’s Hospital in Aurora, Kailyn underwent surgery on her spine and then her pelvis a week later. She is currently undergoing rehabilitation at Craig Hospital.

Kailyn’s rehabilitation to independence will be a time-consuming process. She currently has no motor movement and minimal feeling from the chest down. Her progress has been steady, though. As she has healed from her surgeries, she has worked on her strength and balance. Recently advancing to a manual wheelchair, she has taken one more step toward independence.

Kailyn is the daughter of Kim (Manuppella) Forsberg and Mitch Forsberg, of Eagle. Her maternal grandparents are Mickey and Carol Manuppella of Silt. With family members throughout the valley, Kailyn’s story is spreading. You can read her inspirational story and view her progress online at The website also contains a link to a fundraiser started to help offset medical bills. The goal is $150,000 by Kailyn’s 16th birthday on Jan. 24, 2016. With the support of her family and friends, this is a reachable goal.

As Kailyn so aptly put it: “Could you imagine going through this without friends?”

Gail Manuppella


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