Alyssa and Eddie Kerns
Alyssa and Eddie Kerns are the parents of Carter Lee Kerns. Carter was the
victim of an accidental death just one day before his first birthday. Carter
is no longer held in their loving arms, but that doesn't stop the love felt
for him. Love was showered on their only son, and his passing leaves a loss
impossible to replace... and that love for him will never end. Broken
hearts were felt by all that knew Carter, Alyssa and Eddie. The loss of a
child is every parentís worst nightmare. Though it would have been easy to
be bitter and upset, Eddie and Alyssa Kern decided to carry around
positivity and spread it to others during this time. In return, the life
they have built is nothing less than good.
and Alyssa have been married five years. Eddie is a life-long resident of
Loogootee, and decided to bring his wife here to begin their family as well.
Eddie is a local insurance agent. Alyssa works for Humana and has bachelor
and master degrees in nursing as well as a Master of Business Administration
degree. The two of them love spending time outdoors in their free time.
Whether it be hiking, gardening, or boating, they are in for the next
adventure. In addition to their busy lives, Alyssa serves as Treasurer of
the Martin County Historical Society and teaches Sunday School. It is
apparent Eddie and Alyssa have already achieved such a great life, but
something was still missing after Carterís passing.
In 2016, the Kerns adopted three boys and are in the process of adopting
their sister as well. They were able to adopt brothers and sisters all of
the same biological family! In the kidsí free time, they enjoy the outdoors,
watching TV, and playing video games. The Kernís are truly inspirational to
many. Carter Kerns is an irreplaceable being, but the outpouring of love
this family has for their adopted children is indescribable.
The Carter Lee Kerns Memorial Fund was established with the Martin County
Community Foundation as a means to honor the memory of Carter. Its purpose
is to enhance the lives of children and families in Martin County. The
first ďCarterís Legacy 5KĒ run was held on May 16, 2015 to further honor
Carterís memory and build the endowment fund. The Kernís have put together a
5K every year since to honor their sweet, little boy.
Because the Fund is permanently endowed, distributions to help the
community will be made essentially forever. Anyone interested in honoring
the memory of Carter by donating to this Fund can contact the Martin County
Community Foundation. All gift amounts are confidential and tax-deductable
to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS. The Kernís desire to help children
across our community is an absolute blessing.