Kelly is the proud mother of Kenadi Jean, Kannan Marie, Kirby Jay and Kohen James, and founder of the Kenadi Jean Weis Foundation. She went to school at South Dakota State University and works as a Registered Nurse for Regional in Spearfish, SD where she resides with her family. She misses her little June bug every moment of every day. She misses everything from her beautiful long eyelashes and gorgeous big blue eyes to her contagious smile and excited squeal to her crooked big toes. What she would give to share one more dish of coffee flavored ice cream with her, one more bath time routine, one more book to read and enjoy together, one more picnic, one more cuddle, one more day … but we all know that it still wouldn’t be enough. Until we meet again sweet girl … today we are one day closer!
The world would be a beautiful place if we all lived with the determination, strength, love, and happiness that Kenadi achieved during her short time here on earth.
Randy is Kenadi’s honored Randpa and gladly serves on the Board of Directors. He has been a land surveyor since 1979 becoming registered in 1991 and is licensed in multiple states. Randy is the co-owner of Professional Mapping & Surveying and holds memberships with numerous state and national professional societies. In addition to the KJW Foundation, he volunteers his time on several local boards and service organizations where his input is truly valued.
Kenadi gave Randpa the best excuse to stay in bed in the morning and together they’d watch Bubble Guppies and Dora. She loved reading books with him in his over-sized ‘papa bear’ chair especially the audio book, Around the Farm, where his imitation of the butterfly always elicited a smile. They shared six-wheeler rides; racing her remote control car; playing on the iPad and an afternoon smoothie.
Randpa asserts that he is the man he is today because of Kenadi and believes that there is nothing like a grandchild to put a smile on your face, a lump in your throat, and a love in your heart.
Lori is Kenadi’s Gramma Jean. Although she has a strong financial background and currently operates Professional Mapping & Surveying a woman-owned company, she claims that nothing is more rewarding that being a grandma. Kenadi taught her more about living in five and a half years than she could ever hope to learn in an entire lifetime. Gramma Jean misses her days spent with Kenadi sharing peanut butter waffles; swimming at the Rec Center pool; reading books in the library Mystery Room; singing along with Jack Johnson’s Better Together; making fruit smoothies, and lasting memories. She will never forget the sparkle in Kenadi’s eyes, her knowing side smile; and happy ‘dolphin squeal’ or her quiet determination and unspoken love for her family.
Gramma Jean continues to live and love in rural Spearfish, SD, and dreams of the day she and her beautiful Kenadi Jean will be reunited in Heaven. Until then, she will continue to advocate for all children with special needs and their families.
Tessa is Kenadi’s Auntie Tess and a proud board member of the Kenadi Jean Weis Foundation. She currently calls Rapid City, SD home but grew up in Spearfish. There she teaches natural childbirth instruction, is an essential oils enthusiast, enjoys entertaining others through community theater, and makes a home with her husband and two children.
Kenadi opened up a world of positive change and taught her auntie about patience and how to stand up for what is right. She misses making her laugh by doing crazy (sometimes body-bruising) stunts, her sideways gaze and all-knowing smile, and watching some of her favorite T.V. shows with her.
KC is known as Kenadi’s “Papa.” He lives in South Dakota with his family. He is our quiet yet determined volunteer – give him a task and it will get done! Innovative, full of ideas “outside the box,” and full of useless/useful information. Always giving us a different angle with the most giving heart, especially for children with special needs. He misses dancing in the rain with his princess.
Jamey is Kenadi’s daddy. He lives in South Dakota with his two cats that he received on Father’s Day from Kenadi, Foxy and Brick. He works as an electrician for Spearfish Electric and Heating. He has years of experience modifying equipment and coming up with creative solutions. He misses everything about his sweet Kenadi Jean and especially the feeling of her rubbing her nose against his shoulder when he held her.
Chris is known as Kenadi’s Uncle Topher. He is the owner/ operator of Jewel Window Washing in Rapid City and can also be found sharing his musical talents by strumming his guitar, singing, or playing the piano at any of the KJW Foundation events. He is our calm, unwavering volunteer who is willing to lend a hand no matter the circumstance. What he misses most about Kenadi is her belly laugh and what he had to do in order to get one out of her!
Matt is Kenadi’s Uncle Maka. He lives in Spearfish with his wife and two children, Brevin and Teyvin. He graduated from Black Hills State University with a double major in Education and Business. He is currently a geometry teacher at Spearfish High School and enjoys coaching basketball, watching football, and spending time with his family. He misses his eye conversations with Kenadi, her flirty side smile, and beautiful eyelashes that they both share.
Amber is Kenadi’s Auntie Amber. She lives in Spearfish with all three of her boys. She went to school in Rapid City and is a cosmetologist. She enjoys her time baking, being active in the beautiful Black Hills, and cheering on the Denver Broncos. She misses Kenadi’s loving smile and sparkling eyes and misses being her favorite hair stylist. She continues to advocate for other special needs children including her son who has Tourette’s Syndrome.
Although for most of Kenadi’s formative years Uncle Cha was away attending school to become a Sound Engineer he had a special relationship with her. When in her presence, he would patiently sit next to her, oftentimes holding her hand, as she snuck glances at him and eventually offered him an omniscient smile. Kenadi could always make Chase laugh with her quiet antics and playful grin. Their unspoken love for each other evident. Chase admired Kenadi’s strength and determination, and despite her many challenges considered her the family’s real prodigy, a rare and shining star. He believes that there are no true endings, only everlasting beginnings and remains eternally grateful that Kenadi is a part of all that. He hopes to one day soon write a song and dedicate it to her.
Kannan is Kenadi’s little sister. Kannan has the best big sister and they were able to spend the first year of Kannan’s life together – lying in the grass, having picnics, watching morning cartoons, and sharing meals together. They both share the love of swimming, popsicles, reading books, and mommy’s hugs. Kannan continues to learn about her sister through stories, videos, pictures, and memories – “Sissy!”
Kirby is Kenadi’s little brother, hand-picked for Earth by his sister in Heaven. He shares some of her famous traits including his bright eyes, infectious smile and tugging at his shirtfront when frustrated.
Kohen is all of God’s grace in one sweet little face and Kenadi’s youngest brother. He loves warm baths, puppy dog kisses, peanut butter waffles and tender hugs- just like she did. Sisters and brothers are the truest, purest forms of love, family and friendship, knowing when to hold you and when to challenge you, but always being a part of you.
Kenadi’s cousins continue to make waves in her honor wherever they go. They have currently attended nearly every meeting including local playground representative presentations. They all possess a little Kenadi in them that we get the privilege of seeing on a daily basis. From their compassionate nature and loving hearts to Bubble Guppies and Jack Johnson music as well as the occassional fit and pouty lip … Kenadi lives on through these kiddos. They look forward to growing up in a world where children of all abilities play, learn, and love side-by-side.
Our newest Junior Volunteer made her way earthside! Eva Sofia Weis was born on October 30, 2017 weighing 7 lbs. 2 oz. and measuring 18.5 inches long. Kenadi is sure to be dancing with the angels at the arrival of her baby sister! Proud parents, Jamey and Heidi, are overjoyed at their newest addition.