Bastyr Family Benefit at Brainerd International Raceway

Thank you to Kristi and Jed Copham, owners of Brainerd International Raceway (BIR), for inviting me to participate in a benefit for the Bastyr Family on October 6, 2012. Lisa Bastyr is fighting for her life, as she is hospitalized in the burn unit at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN, after enduring severe burns to 65% of her body.

Lisa’s husband John, his sister Linda, and her step-daughter Desiree were in attendance at the event, along with BIR racers and their family members who wanted to share their support and well wishes with the Bastyrs.

Bastyr Family

Having spent a few hours with John and Desiree prior to the fundraiser, it was my privilege to address those in attendance with a message about the mission of the International system and my personal platform, as well as, experience as it related to the Bastyr family.

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Specifically, I shared with them the message of a burn injury having not only a devastating effect on the victim, but also on the whole family. It was important for them to know that their presence at the event is an act of kindness that is simply priceless to the family.

Ingman Family
Kristi Copham

Further, I was able to offer my willingness to answer questions or concerns anyone had regarding the burn experience, as this is often too much for a family to handle when they are still enduring the trauma.

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Please join me in keeping Lisa and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

With sincere appreciation,

Sarah Bazey
Mrs. International 2012


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