The LOK Story

Lindsey O’Brien Kesling, May 13, 1988-November 9, 2010

Lindsey lived larger in her 22 years of life than most people live twice her age. She knew no boundaries while exemplifying character, hope and perseverance. She encouraged others to boldly stretch outside their comfort zone, be themselves and not judge others.

What appeared to be an abrupt end to Lindsey O’Brien Kesling’s life at the age of 22 due to accidental carbon monoxide poisoning was not a “period”, but rather a “comma.”

Lindsey’s family and friends transformed their grief into something new and beautiful: The Lindsey O’Brien Kesling (LOK) Wishing Tree Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to honoring the fullness of Lindsey’s short life by supporting her passions: helping children achieve their dreams, mentoring those less privileged, supporting their potential in the performing arts and by being a friend. We have also made it a priority to help prevent accidental carbon monoxide poisoning for others by raising awareness and distributing free and low cost CO alarms.

Live love. What does that mean?

It means knowing firsthand that we only have today. So, become a part of the vibrant pulse that will continue blessing the young lives that are so deserving.

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Where there is great love, there are always wishes.

Willa Cather, Author

The Wishing Tree

Lindsey O’Brien Kesling was moved by a “Wishing Tree” she saw while traveling in England.

A wishing tree is a popular custom in many different cultures. The tree is used as a place to share wishes, offerings, prayers and blessings. Visitors may leave wishes written on tags, strips of fabric or other memorabilia depending on local custom.

The Kesling family planted a tri-colored beech tree in Lindsey’s honor in her hometown of LaPorte, Indiana, as a living memorial that expresses the potentiality and hope that surrounds us. We invite you to visit the tree See the wishes, dreams, and prayers that many have already hung there.

The Foundation has chosen The Wishing Tree as its symbol to signify our mission and our desire to make wishes come true in the lives of young artists.

Explore our site to learn about success stories of wishes fulfilled and young lives transformed.

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