Senior steps up to help family in crisis

Jailyn Schroeder

Jailyn Schroeder

An early January car accident has left one Delavan-Darien High School alumna in critical condition and a community looking for ways to help.

Current DDHS senior Jailyn Schroeder took it upon herself to organize a lunchtime bake sale at the school and pass-the-hat fundraiser at a recent DDHS basketball game.

In just three days, her work, and that of the dozens of students and families that helped, raised more than $2,000 to support Kaitlyn Vegter and her family. Kaitlyn remains in intensive care for multiple head injuries.

Kaitlyn Vegter

Kaitlyn Vegter

“It didn’t feel right just sitting around while this amazing family was going through the worst possible time,” said Schroeder, who knew Kaitlyn from choir and musicals. Kaitlyn’s younger brother David is also in Schroeder’s class.

Despite the tragedy, David and his family still put on a bone marrow registry drive at DDHS on Jan. 16. They had been planning it for months after a bone marrow donor from Germany helped save the life of Lisa Vegter, Kaitlyn and David’s mom.

“I’m so very thankful for everyone who participated by donating and baking items, and for showing support in general,” Schroeder said. “None of this could have been possible if I didn’t have so much help from the community. It was amazing to see so many people come together in a family’s time of need and show all the support they did.”

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