Over here at hoopla skateboards, we recently received one of the most heartwarming stories that it needed to be shared with all of our friends. About a month and a half ago, our sweet friend Colie Sawinski gifted a hoopla skateboard to a little girl by the name of Kenzie Patcher. Her strength and enthusiasm to keep skateboarding really inspired us and we hope you enjoy the letter she sent us. Thanks again to Colie for making this happen and bringing a smile to Kenzie's face.
My name is Kenzie Pachter, and this is my story:
In July of 2010, I got my first skateboard, and I really loved it. I wanted to be a skater for a long time, and now I finally had my own board. I got it from my Mom, when she and I had a double birthday party. My birthday is in September, and my Mom's is in August. I am 10 years old now. I got a helmet, pads and everything. I was a little shaky at first, but I started getting better and better. The same day, my BFF Madi also got her first skateboard at my party. My Mom is so cool!
Then, the next month, I got some really bad and scary news. I had been getting really bad headaches once in a while sometimes every day, and sometimes a few a month. So my Mom kept taking me for tests. One day, I had an MRI of my brain. That's when they put you in a giant magnet and takes pictures of the inside of you. A couple of weeks after, I was at my Dad's house and my Mom called us there. She said that my Dad had to bring me home right away, because of something on the MRI. When we got back there, she told us about something in my brain called an AVM. That means that the veins and arteries didn't form correctly, and it's very dangerous because I could have had a stroke or an aneurism at any time. The doctors told her that I would have to have multiple brain surgeries. After that, my life changed. I had lots more tests, but I still kept having fun and practicing skateboarding with my BFF Madi.
Around this time, my Mom would sometimes take me to the skate shop at the mall. That's where I met my best adult friend, Colie at the Zumiez shop. Colie taught us lots stuff about being skaters, and where parks were and stuff. Mom got me new wheels, and Colie helped us pick out better bearings for my board. She taught me how to put them on too! She also gave me some really cool stickers. Once I am totally healed my Mom is going to get me a membership at a skatepark.
On November 1st 2010, I had my first surgery. They did an embolization, where they pump this gunky stuff into my AVM. I had to have two of those, and then the big surgery on Friday, November 5. That was where they took out the whole AVM. I spent almost 3 weeks in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. (PICU) The nurses were all awesome and nice. I had lots of visitors, and my Mom stayed there almost the whole time with me. My Dad were also there a lot, and my BFF Madi came when she could. Guess what? Colie came to the hospital like 3 or 4 times, and the first time she brought me some awesome gifts from Hoopla Skateboards. I got a Bones hat, 3 shirts, some Hoopla stickers, and a Hoopla skateboard just like the one on their website! Then Colie told me that there was going to be an article about me on the Hoopla website! That's why I'm writing this today. I hope you like my story.
I just wanted to say thank you for all of the great stuff you guys and girls sent with Colie for me in my hospital room. I REALLY love the Hoopla board, and the hat, shirts, and stickers. This stuff really cheered me up during my recovery from my brain surgeries.
Thank you so much!
P.S. I am half blind, (left side of both eyes) but my AVM is gone and I am safe now.
Kenzie Pachter - 11/28/2010