The Edmond Sun

Local News

February 9, 2013

Edmond's Weeden aids Children's Hospital

Ex-Santa Fe star, OSU Cowboy keynotes OC’s Athletic Hall of Fame induction



Adam Kuykendall and Weeden’s future wife Melanie met while working at a shipping company. The families became fast friends. Weeden, a star quarterback at Edmond Santa Fe High School and for the Oklahoma State Cowboys, just finished his rookie NFL season with the Cleveland Browns.

Weeden was at OC to be the keynote speaker Friday night for the induction ceremony related to the OC Athletic Hall of Fame. He is also working with the Children’s Hospital Foundation to raise money to establish an endowed chair for a heart surgeon who would be staffed there.

“We’ve been at Children’s Hospital a lot,” said Faith Kuykendall. “It’s a teaching hospital and a lot of families can’t afford to take their kids anywhere else. There are no options sometimes but to let them pass away. Medical technology has advanced and so many kids now are living through these surgeries, but we have to have the right person to do it.”

Plans for the 2013 Brandon Weeden Annual Golf Challenge — Swing from the Heart — are in the final stages, Weeden said. Proceeds raised go directly to the foundation. A couple of other fundraising ideas are in the works, Weeden said.

Information about this year’s event, which was at Oak Tree National in 2012, will soon be posted at www.brandon, Weeden’s official website. Weeden said last year’s event exceeded expectations.


Today, Gavin is an active kindergartner who soon will be playing baseball. The family attends the Broken Arrow Church of Christ. His mother said the pacemaker did wonders for him.

“He can pretty much go non-stop,” she said. “He’s pretty energetic.”

Based on their smiles, answers to questions and the way they interacted with each other it was clear that Gavin and the NFL quarterback were best buds. When the Browns called Weeden to tell him he had been drafted, Gavin was sitting beside him.

Weeden said when he got into a position where he was able to help he wanted to get involved on a one-on-one level.

“He’s truly an inspiration,” Weeden said of Gavin. “You’d never know he had any problems. He’s a little normal 6-year-old kid who unfortunately was dealt a lot of adversity.”

Friday morning, Gavin was on the OC campus, sitting on Weeden’s knee, brightening up the room with his pep and infectious smile. He was asked what he likes about football.

“I love watching him play football because every time he plays football I feel like I’m playing football too,” Gavin said.

Gavin said the Browns, the Eagles and OSU are, not surprisingly, his favorite teams. While Gavin and Weeden were talking about what they do together, including playing with Weeden looked at him and said, “Who wins?”

“You. And me. It’s not just about you,” Gavin quipped, drawing a lot of laughs.

In the game of life, it’s clear that they both have won.

FOR MORE information about OU Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital Foundation, call 271-2260 or visit | 341-2121, ext. 108

Text Only
Local News
  • Anderson Properties continues to grow

    Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties recently announced the acquisition of Tulsa-based Prudential Alliance Realty, an eight-office, 150-agent brokerage operating in Tulsa and Oklahoma City and Edmond.
    The transaction gives Anderson Properties, a full-service real estate agency a total of 38 offices and more than 600 agents.

    July 28, 2014

  • Logan County pays off jail tax early, seeks new one

    Logan County is paying off a sales tax ahead of schedule and needs a new one to be able to afford funding jail operation and maintenance, officials said.
    Citizens vote on the county sales tax which is split for redistribution by state law. The tax is collected by the Oklahoma Tax Commission and redistributed back to the county as specified by voters.
    In 2005, citizens passed a 10-year sales tax, scheduled to end next month, to fund the building, operation and maintenance of the county jail, which operates on a $1.3 million budget. Jail capacity is 188 without anyone in a holding cell or a temporary bunk. Thursday it was holding 130 inmates, said Logan County Chief Deputy Richard Stephens.

    July 26, 2014

  • MS_Andy Billups.jpg Local man relies on experience in July 4 emergency

    Andy Billups just happened to have gained experience as a combat zone firefighter/medic while he was serving as a civilian contractor in Iraq.
    The Edmond businessman just happened to have a friend with a place on Grand Lake where he has been viewing Independence Day fireworks for a number of years, and he just happened to be there July 4.
    And he just happened to be relaxing on a hammock when he heard a some kids making a commotion.
    Located two blocks east of Disney on State Highway 28 in the foothills of the Ozark Mountain Range in northeast Oklahoma, the 59,000-plus surface acre Grand Lake is known for its state parks, marinas, restaurants, motels and fishing.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • -1.jpg 5-year-old learns valuable lessons

    It is never too soon to learn about giving and receiving. An Edmond 5-year-old recently learned about both.
    Kendall Kingry will be entering kindergarten at Will Rogers Elementary this fall and she is already looking forward to November.
    “I get to go to Disneyland in November,” Kendall said.

    July 26, 2014 2 Photos

  • Edmond School District’s change orders anticipated

    When building new schools and classrooms there may be additional costs, but when renovating older buildings those costs can more than double, according to a Edmond School District official.
    “When remodeling, you have unknown and hidden costs and you need to include in your budgeted funds for the built-in items you can not see,” said Bret Towne, Edmond’s associate superintendent of general administration.

    July 25, 2014

  • OC welcomes missionary, military families

    For the ninth consecutive year Oklahoma Christian University will host missionary and military families returning to the United States at Global Reunion 2014.
    The July 23-27 camp has doubled in size in the last two years with 150 participants from 43 countries on campus.
    The camp is for children who are known as Third Culture Kids (TCKs) though parents are allowed to attend sessions as well. Directors Kent and Nancy Hartman, missionaries-in-residence at OC, give tools and resources to families that have lived outside the United States and are now seeking to reenter U.S. culture. The Hartmans spent more than 10 years as missionaries in Australia and were surprised by the challenges of reintegrating their family into America.

    July 25, 2014

  • Planning Commission approves rezoning

    The Edmond Planning Commission this week voted 4-0 in favor of rezoning from a single family district.  Peter and Kimberly Roberts made the request to allow a planned unit development on the southeast corner of Jackson and Lincoln Avenue, said Bob Schiermeyer, city planner.
    “They would like to have D-2 family (neighborhood commercial) zoning for duplexes, 14,000 square feet,” Schiermeyer said. “They can put four units on the property.”

    July 25, 2014

  • Out of the stressful wreckage: Scholarships for car crash victims

    After the dust has settled, the injuries have healed and there’s a replacement car in the driveway, victims of automobile accidents often still face an uphill battle trying to move on with their lives. According to psychologists, for some the fear never really goes away. It’s common enough that the National Institutes of Health gives physicians specific recommendations for patients exhibiting acute stress symptoms and PTSD after motor vehicle accidents. With more than 3 million injury accidents a year nationwide, the San Francisco Bay Area personal injury law firm Appel Law Firm LLP, sees their share of the aftermath — only they decided to do something about it.

    July 25, 2014

  • Agencies ask for volunteers to support grandparents who raise grandchildren

    Local law enforcement agencies are helping Sunbeam Family Services provide much-needed school supplies to grandparents who are faced with the challenge of raising their grandchildren. According to a recent census poll, there are nearly three million grandparents raising more than five million grandchildren in the United States.

    July 25, 2014

  • 7-26 YARD OF THE WEEK.jpg Ganns earn Yard of the Week honors

    This week’s “Edmond Yard of the Week” winner has been in existence for 44 years at 105 Barbara Drive, but looks fresh and new thanks to longtime residents Betty and Gordon Gann as they fill their garden spaces to overflowing with colors and textures.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
NDN Video
'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Chapter Two: Designing for Naomi Watts Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH) She's Back! See Paris Hilton's New Carl's Jr. Ad Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years

If the Republican runoff for the 5th District congressional seat were today, which candidate would you vote for?

Patrice Douglas
Steve Russell
     View Results