Kori Van Wanseele was born on January 21, 2007 and was a happy and healthy child. Kori was very active and loved getting into mischief. Kori’s favorite pastime was driving her big sister, Kaylin, crazy by stealing her toys and getting into Kaylin’s special things.


On February 8th, 2009, just three weeks past her second birthday, Kori came down with a high fever and had a febrile seizure. Kori was rushed to the hospital and presented with symptoms of croup. On February 9th, after going into cardiac arrest, Kori was taken by Flight for Life to Children’s Hospital Colorado, where she was admitted into the pediatric ICU. Kori went into cardiac arrest several more times during those two days, and the fourth and final time she went into cardiac arrest, Kori died at Children’s Hospital Colorado on February 10th, 2009. After Kori had passed away, tests came back that Kori had contracted Influenza A, which her body was unable to fight.

Kori was a mesmerizing little girl. She had an infectious smile, bouncy curls, loved to play practical jokes, was very playful, ran everywhere instead of walked, was quick to give out hugs and poochie kisses, loved Spongebob Squarepants, loved M&M’s, loved outside, wanted to be next to you learning new things, loved her daddy to tickle her, loved to sit next to Kaylin to eat breakfast while feeding herself,  She loved Cheerios, loved grapes, loved to push her dollies around in the pink dolly cart, loved lullabies, loved smelling flowers, loved peanut butter, loved ice cream, loved to play with the older kids, and most of all she loved her family. We take comfort in the fact she lived her whole life playing. No loss of a best friend, no heartbreak from a boy, no bills, no stress, just pure fun, joy, and laughter.

​​“Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.”

Corinne McMurray and I met when we worked the Alice 105.9 36-Hours for Kids Radiothon raising money for Children’s Hospital Colorado. We immediately had a connection, and told each other our stories of losing our sweet angel girls. We have been featured live on air together during the 36-Hours for Kids Radiothon several times, and we have raised money for Children’s Hospital Colorado separately.

Please visit www.blacktie-colorado.com and enter the event code Greens17 to participate.  

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Remembering Kori Van Wanseele