About Kacey

Kacey Ruegsegger Johnson, a survivor of the savage 1999 attacks at Columbine High School, uses her message of faith and resilience to inspire hope in the face of diverse challenges.

Over My Shoulder

On April 20, 1999, Kacey Ruegsegger was a newly transferred junior at Columbine High School. As she sat down to read a magazine in the library that morning, she had no idea she would soon find herself at the center of an American tragedy, an event that would forever change the course of her life. In the aftermath of the infamous shooting, Kacey had to fight for her life and nearly lost her right arm. Thanks to a doctor’s genius and a lifesaving bone and tissue donation, she recovered and found herself on a path to helping others heal. In this story of faith and courage, Kacey recounts how she overcame unimaginable trauma—both physical and spiritual—to build a life, a family, and a home unscathed by the evil she endured.




Kacey is honored to share her powerful story with audiences and organizations across the country and around the world.


Regular Teenage Heroism

“I saw a spirit of heroism rise up from what appeared to be regular teenagers in the Columbine library, students

Columbine Anniversary

20 years. Crosses with pictures of those lost. Tears. I’ve lived with this ‘new normal’ longer than I lived with

The Gift I Didn’t Want to Need

I’m a gift-lover. I certainly never mind receiving one, but I find so much joy in carefully wrapping a thoughtfully

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