They lost two children in a tragic crash, now they’re expecting again

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — The Kentucky parents who lost two children in a wreck on Panama City Beach in 2020 say they are now expecting twins.

The news was shared during a golf tournament to honor the boy and girl who captured the hearts of the beachside community.

Louisville couple Matt and Lauren Kirchgessner created the Addie & Baylor Kirchgessner Foundation in memory of their children who were killed last December, in a car accident in Panama City Beach, Florida.

Four-year-old Baylor and six-year-old Addie loved to play golf alongside their dad.

“Golf was a close bond that we had with the kids so it means a lot to come out and swing the club a little bit,” said Matt Kirchgessner.

This is the second golf scramble to honor Addie and Baylor. The first one took place back home in Kentucky, raising around $130,000 for their foundation.

Almost 100 golfers signed up for the scramble, raising around $25,000 for the community. The Kirchgessner’s said the money they raise in Panama City Beach will stay within Panama City Beach.

“We’re having a book fair at West Bay Elementary and we have a partnership with west bay so every kid will be able to come in and pick two free books,” said Lauren Kirchgessner.

Golfers like Robert Uptegraft were excited to make their way out to the course and help any way they can.

“As a parent, it is so hard to lose a child and then wonder what to do,” Uptegraft said.

But the Kirchgessner’s also had an exciting update to share.

“We knew shortly after the accident that we were not done being parents so we went through the IVF process and are now expecting twin girls,” said Lauren Kirchgessner.

They say that while they are excited for the times ahead, the news is bittersweet.

“Nothing is going to replace Addie and Baylor. Nothing,” Matt Kirchgessner said. “The foundation is set up to outlast all of us. They are going to help people and make this world a better place for a very long time.”

Through their foundation, they’ve been able to complete projects that include a library remodel, new playground equipment, and thousands of books donated to elementary schools. New golf bags were also purchased for The First Tee, a program to build strength and character through the game of golf.

More information on the Bay Point Golf Scramble and how to donate to the Addie & Baylor Kirchgessner Foundation can be found here.

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