The Jenna Kast Believe in MIRACLES Foundation
Nominated by: Karin Stahl
The mission of The Jenna Kast Believe in Miracles Foundation is to enrich the lives of Michigan children suffering from life-threatening medical conditions by buying gifts and bringing joy and hope to their lives. Along with their gift, each child receives a personalized trophy to acknowledge their courageous fight.
The Jenna Kast Believe in Miracles Foundation was founded in 2005 by then 5th graders, Brett Kast and J.D. Sterba. The inspiration came from Brett’s youngest sister Jenna, who was battling brain cancer. While Brett and his sister Nancy would accompany Jenna on her trips to Children’s Hospital, Brett became increasingly aware of the suffering and hardships many children face.
As a result, he became determined to help these children in some way. Brett had undoubtedly been influenced by the kindness and support that his family received from the community during their most trying times. After discussing the idea with his friend, JD, the two 10 year old boys came up with a plan to design and sell wristbands. The money raised from the sale of the bracelets would be used to buy a gift for a child that was suffering, with the hope that they could forget about their illness for a while. “I think that’s what God wants us to do,” said Brett. “I think that’s what we’re supposed to do.”
Donations will be used to fulfill 1-2 wishes for a child / children with a terminal illness in the Troy and Southeast Michigan Area.