Kristin McLain was a Flight Nurse for StarFlight in Travis County, Texas when she was killed during a rescue incident in 2015. She had an insatiable love for life and the outdoors. Kristin devoted her life to the care of others and utilized nature and her time on the water as her own means for dealing with exhaustion, post-traumatic stress, emergency responder shift-work fatigue and sleep disorder.
Kristin was an advocate in her community for the importance of mental and physical health. Additionally, Kristin, whose honor the Foundation was created in, along with several of our board members and ambassadors, were very involved with fundraising for The Flatwater Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to providing mental wellness programs for individuals battling cancer. When several first responders inquired with us about similar care, we soon discovered there was not an organization that currently provided funding for confidential counseling for first responders. Similarly, we had a passion and background for providing outdoor activities for individuals and their families dealing with stress, illness or loss, to gain mental clarity, release and wellness.
We are humbled and honored to create a nonprofit program that could provide both to our First Responders.
In the first responder community, 10 codes are used to efficiently communicate and in that language, 1023 means “arrived on scene”. Ironically, Kristin’s badge number was 1023. Thus, in her memory and honor, Foundation 1023 was formed.
Foundation 1023 “has arrived on scene” to provide confidential care, community services and awareness to First Responders in need.