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Baby Starr Never Forgotten

My little angel was brought into this world on Jan. 24, 2005 and passed on April 12, 2005. Saphfyrre Starr passed in her sleep, perfectly healthy, nobody knew how and why it happened. Only God knows. The short period of time that she was here… she touched many lives. There is not a moment or a day that goes by without knowing she was present. We celebrate her life everyday! My oldest daughter is now 11 and talks about her baby sister to everyone! Words will never explain the pain, but knowing we’re not alone in this big world is very comforting.

New Landscape Plan for Faith’s Lodge

At the July Board planning retreat, the new Master Campus Plan was presented and accepted with great enthusiasm “in concept” (meaning, more strategic details that involve cost, timing and implementation will need to be worked on and brought to the board for more decision-making).  Faith’s Lodge thanks landscape architect Dan Sjordal from Outworks Design, who donated all his creative time and design as a gift to Faith’s Lodge. Take a peek at the new landscape plan:  Full Size Campus Master Plan

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Video – We Remember Isaiah Fern-Denzer

Thank you to Tina and Travis Denzer, for sharing their story about Isaiah, and committing to raising money for Faith’s Lodge through June as part of the We Remember Campaign. If you are interested in sharing your story this way, please contact

If you can support Travis and Tina’s fundraising campaign, please visit our donation page after viewing the video.  Thank you!


We Remember – Isaiah Fern-Denzer from ElevenOlives Creative on Vimeo.

Welcome to our New Website

Hello Faith’s Lodge families, friends and supporters!  Welcome to our new website.  We are thrilled to present this to you after many months of brainstorming, editing, programming and all the other many (geeky) details that go into a project like this.

A huge thanks to our friends Randy, Jason, Chris and the rest of the team at The Shinebox; Chris and his team at GoKart; and Atomic Data.  Thank you also to our board members Libby Costello Amaris and Jadin Bragg for their assistance with this project, and to Joe Duca and The Caprio Group for ensuring a smooth transition to the new site.

During this time, we thank you in advance for patience as we work out any final details.  In addition, we welcome your feedback and hope you will share your story with us in the Parents’ Journal.  Thank you for your continued support of Faith’s Lodge!

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Thank You Tree Planters!

Thank you to the 150+ Faith’s Lodge family members and volunteers who came out Saturday, April 28, in spite of chilly weather and looming rain to further beautify our grounds!  Over 80 trees were planted in honor or memory of the special children in our lives.  Thank you to KARE 11 and WCCO who made the trek as well — click below to view more:

WCCO Tree Planting Story
KARE 11 Tree Planting Story

If you were unable to attend the tree planting, but would like to purchase a tree to be planted at Faith’s Lodge this summer, please contact the office at 612/825-2073 and we can take a tree order over the phone; or click here to donate.  Thank you so much for your support!



What’s Happening in 2013?

4th Annual River’s Run and Ride Rally

Saturday, May 4th:  Milltown, Wi

Consider joining in for this fun event where a portion of the proceeds benefit Faith’s Lodge.  If you cannot attend, you can order t-shirts or walk in spirit, online.


Hunt 4 Hope

Saturday, May 11th:  Long Lake Regional Park, New Brighton, Mn

Come out for a day of fun held in honor of Hunter Dennis Stuckey who passed unexpectedly from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).  All proceeds benefit Faith’s Lodge.  Got to for more information and to purchase tickets.


Bowling For Babies

Saturday, May 11th:  Park Tavern, St. Louis Park, Mn

Ella’s Halo is hosting its 4th annual bowling event at Park Tavern in St. Louis Park. Fee is $20.00 per person ($10.00 for kids 12 & under) and includes: 2 games, shoe rental and entry for door prize.  Raffle tickets and silent auction items will be available for chances to win a variety of great prizes.


Swing for Sophia

Friday, June 7th:  Deer Run Golf Club, Victoria, Mn

Polish up your clubs and hit the links in memory of Sophia Lenmark.  Rain or shine, it will be a great day with golf, refreshments, auction and dinner.  All proceeds benefit Faith’s Lodge. Register online at



Friday, September 13th:  The Depot, Minneapolis, Mn

Oh — its going to be a good one.   Block this off on your calendar and stay tuned for more information regarding entertainment and tickets.


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Restore the Hope Open House


Restore the Hope Open House: Help Faith’s Lodge Replant and RecoverState Farm Donates $10,000 to Help Replant Trees

WHO:   Faith’s Lodge guests, supporters, friends and families WHAT: People are invited to help Restore the Hope at Faith’s Lodge by purchasing and planting a tree in honor or in memory of a special child in their life. A devastating storm hit Faith’s Lodge on July 1, 2011. The main building, housing a resource library and gathering spaces, suffered only minor damage. But the surrounding 80 acres, providing families with plentiful paths and quiet spaces to reflect, grieve and heal, were wiped out. Thousands of trees need to be planted on the grounds this fall and next spring to begin restoring the peace and serenity that Faith’s Lodge offers its guests.
State Farm will kick off the tree replanting effort with a $10,000 grant to be presented Saturday by Agent Corey Arnold. “The grant reflects the State Farm commitment to helping people recover from the unexpected,” said Elizabeth Tharp, Vice President State Farm for Wisconsin. “The storm damage at Faith’s Lodge was a terrible loss. We’re pleased to help restore this special place for families seeking peace.”
Note to reporters – Excellent photo opportunity as Faith’s Lodge supporters dig holes for new trees and plant new trees as well as help clear brush etc. on Faith’s Lodge property. Many past Faith’s Lodge families will be there planting trees in memory or honor of their children.

WHEN: Saturday September 17, 20119 a.m. to 11 a.m. CT – Pancake Breakfast11:30 – Opening Ceremony at Faith’s Lodge Island

WHERE: Faith’s Lodge (about two hours from the Twin Cities and about one hour from Duluth)                 6942 County Road C, Danbury, WI 54830

ABOUT FAITH’S LODGE: Faith’s Lodge provides a place where parents and families facing the serious illness or death of a child can retreat to reflect on the past, renew strength for the present, and build hope for the future. Faith’s Lodge provides a peaceful escape for families to refresh their minds and spirits while spending time with others who understand what they are experiencing. Prior to the July 1 storm, the Northwoods setting of Faith’s Lodge was a large part of that peaceful experience. Now, Faith’s Lodge is beginning in the process of Restoring the Hope to the grounds and trails.