Mike Kaucki is a member of the Grace family in need of our help. Mike has had various health issues over the years, and has long been on the waiting list for a pancreas transplant. The good news is that a match was found, and Mike received his new organ on Februrary 14. The bad news is that he’ll be in the Mayo hospital in Rochester for at least a month—and life goes on for his family, even if he’s not yet home.
Mike and his wife Rebecca have three children, 11 year-old Isaac and 2½ year-old twins Gus and Matty, all active kids. Rebecca works full-time at Eli Lilly, and Mike has been a stay-at-home dad. Obviously, getting through each day becomes more complicated with Mike recuperating in Rochester.
During Mike’s recuperation period, he and his family need our assistance in attending to their normal day-to-day activities. We’re asking members of Grace to pitch in and help the Kauckis with the following:
- Provide meals
- Help with laundry
- Transport children to activities
- Help with childcare
- Play with kids so Rebecca can attend to other household tasks
- Visit Mike in Rochester (at the Transplant house) and when he returns to Rosemount for further recovery
If you can help with any of these activities, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page or contact Patty Matthews directly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update: March 16th
Mike is now back home with Rebecca, Isaac, Matthew, and Markus. Mike and Rebecca thank the family of Grace for their support and continued prayers.
About Mike and Rebecca
Mike & I were married in September 2002. We had our beautiful Isaac the following summer in June of 2003. Since then, we have moved several times with my company—I work for Eli Lilly & Company, and am in sales. We moved from Toledo, OH, then to Indianapolis, IN, then to Ankeny, IA, and now to Rosemount, MN. We are hoping to really plant some long-term roots here. Along the way, in Ankeny, IA, we were blessed with Isaac’s two younger twin brothers – Matthew (Matty) and Markus (Gus). Matty was born with a rare heart defect and had to have open-heart surgery at 8 weeks old in Omaha, NB. It was a crazy time—but our family got through it, but not without the help of so many others.
Each time we have moved, we have gone farther and farther away from family, who all reside for the most part in Ohio. With that said, being away from our family has only brought us all even closer. Being a family of five now, life is busy. Isaac is in his first year of middle school as a 6th grader, at Rosemount Middle School, and seems to be holding onto all A’s for the second trimester in a row, as well as managing his first year on a traveling basketball team, confirmation classes (including all of the volunteer hours), and helping out tremendously at home with his twin brothers—by the way, who idolize him! Mike is busy at home with the twins.
Mike was diagnosed as a type 1 diabetic 20 years ago, so has struggled with taking care of these busy boys and the pain of his neuropathies. Needless to say, we were so blessed when we got the call on February 13 (who said Friday the 13s were bad luck – I think we have proved that entirely wrong!) that a pancreatic organ was on its way from the west coast for Mike. The organ was a perfect match … what a miracle. We are now on the long road to recovery with Mike. The boys miss him terribly as does he miss them. He will be in Rochester, MN in the Mayo Clinic area for the duration of his recovery – about a month in all.
While this is challenging in many ways, we all know that this is a small moment in time, but a lifetime change for Mike. We thank all of those who have come into our lives and into our home and have helped us in ways we couldn’t have even imagined. God Bless all of you!