Announcing the 2016 Spragg family Christmas LOVE FUND

The I’VE BEEN THERE Ministries board of directors has established the 2016 Christmas Love Fund.  This year’s fund will benefit the Paul, Staci and McKeehan Spragg family.  Read an expanded description below under  the heading BACKGROUND.

If you’ve been looking for a way to make a difference in the lives of those who are struggling this Christmas season, you’re invited to click on the this DONATE ON-LINE link to make a generous on-line donation to the Spragg Family Christmas Love Fund.  100% of all donations to the Fund will be used for special needs as this family tries to adjust to this tragedy.  All remaining donations to the 2016 Christmas Love Fund will be disbursed by the end of the year.

Additional family and other photos are available on the I’VE BEEN THERE Facebook page.


McKeehan Spragg is the only child of Paul and Stacy Spragg.  He turned age 18 on September 22nd of this year. McKeehan is a great musician, good student, and very active in his church and community.  He is a senior in high school in Carlisle, Iowa.  He had planned to join the military after graduation.

On September 11, 2016, McKeehan had a terrible automobile accident while driving home on a Saturday night.  His car rolled over at least four times.  The officer at the scene said it was a miracle he survived such a horrible accident.  Fortunately, he did survive thanks to driver and side impact airbags.   Unfortunately, however McKeehan’s injuries were quite extensive having fractured his T2-T3 vertebrate and the trauma to the spinal cord is so severe that the chances of McKeehan being able to walk again look bleak barring another miracle.

McKeehan and this family’s life has changed on a dime forever.  His mother Staci was by his side (and his dad Paul between work commitments) for 3 months in Colorado where McKeehan was flown from Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines to the Craig Rehabilitation Center for Spinal Cord injuries in Denver.  His recovery has and will continue to be long and challenging with intense physical therapy and adapting to his new way life.

McKeehan and his mother will be arriving home on Saturday, December 3rd for the first time after being gone for 12 straight weeks.  Naturally, the Spragg’s are in a fog not knowing what to expect in the weeks ahead.   They have been forced into a “new normal” way of life moving forward.

Needless to say the family has been thrown into wide-ranging unexpected expenses including medical bills involving surgeries, physical therapy, as well as numerous other expenses related to the necessities required for persons with this serious of injuries.   One major expenditure has involved extensive remodeling and modifications to their house to accommodate McKeehan’s special needs.  This has all been done over the past 12 weeks while McKeehan and his mom have been gone to Colorado for his treatments.

In establishing the 2016 Christmas Love Fund, the board of directors of I’VE BEEN THERE Ministries hopes to inspire involvement and participation from the community at large by making a generous donation as we combine our resources to bless this family in their time of need.

You are invited to click on this DONATE ON-LINE link to make an on-line gift to help this family in crisis.  You can also choose to send your donation by mail to:

I’VE BEEN THERE Ministries
Spragg Family Christmas Love Fund
P.O. Box 75637
Des Moines, IA 50317


For questions contact:

David L. Burrier
Founder & President
I’VE BEEN THERE Ministries


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