Patrick and Jessica Downes Recovery
Patrick and Jessica Downes are newlyweds who were enjoying Patriot Day in Boston while viewing the Boston Marathon. As our community and Nation watched in horror these amazing young couple were in the epicenter. Both Patrick and Jessica have suffered major injuries and have a long road to recovery ahead of them. Jessica had another surgery this morning.
Written Jun 7, 2013 2:51pm
A note from Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes
During the past several weeks, as we struggled through the initial days after the Boston Marathon attacks and then began the long road to recovery, we have known every moment that we are blessed with enormous support. While preparing this note of gratitude, we realized that there are simply no words adequate to express how we feel. But we will try.
Though the enormity of the tragedy that befell our beloved city took precious lives, harmed hundreds, and irrevocably changed our collective future, this reality is offset by the outpouring of kindness, generosity, and love. At a time when it would be easy to despair, we have chosen faith and hope. Each of you has played a role in that.
Our families never contemplated being called upon to help us recover from something like this. Individually and collectively they have been at our side for both the mundane and the momentous. They are a source of stability in a world turned upside down. We know that whatever the future holds, our family has become stronger and will persevere. Thank you to all of you; we love you.
At the same time that the very worst was occurring, countless acts of selfless behavior took place on Boylston Street. We have survived because of strangers who placed the health and safety of those injured above their own and the first responders who moved quickly to place us in the hands of the best hospitals in the world. Thank you to each of you; we will never forget what you did for us.
Our personal experience as patients has deepened our appreciation for those who have helped us make it to this point. The combined expertise and caring of the staffs of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Boston Medical Center are without peer. Their strengths, recognized around the world, were equaled by their many acts of daily compassion. While dealing with the personal nature of the attack that occurred to Boston, our caretakers continued to dedicate themselves to the preservation of life. Thank you to our caregivers; you have helped heal our bodies and our hearts.
Generosity and support have flowed from people who have known us all of our lives to those whom we have yet to meet. From the overwhelming financial generosity to the countless messages of inspiration, there is evidence at every turn that we are not alone. Thank you; you have lifted our spirits.
The last several weeks have been difficult and the road ahead remains uncertain. Our physical recovery will take many months and it is hard to see beyond that at this time. We appreciate that you have respected our need to heal. Though this has been a very public tragedy, our recovery is personal and private at this time.
We can, however, share with you how happy we are to finally be together at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, where compassionate, expert care continues to help us prepare for our future. Loving each other as we do, we are committed to each other's recovery and renewal.
Our deepest gratitude,
Jessica and Patrick
I am sending the check from this fund to them TODAY!
Thank you from the bottom of my HEART for all the compassionate, supportive, and encouraging words... the prayers for healing and strength... and the contributions that will immediately relieve the financial impact of this tragedy for Patrick and Jess.
Each of you have made a difference by contributing, and the impact as a whole has been priceless!
With Warmest Regards,
Jessica and Patrick are DONE with surgeries!!! The grafts have been successful and the wounds are healing! Thank you for all those prayers!! In the next week they will go into the rehabilitation phase of their recovery!
Their families continue to walk this daily path with each of them and as a whole they have provided each other with strength, courage, and optimism.
A big part of this site, the Brown family, have traveled from California to visit the Kensky family over the Mother's Day weekend . I hope the company is uplifting and comforting for them.
The doctors were pleased how the surgery went on Thursday, and now are in a critical waiting period to see how the skin grafts take. Please send all prayers of healing her way!
We all hope Jess rests comfortably this weekend and she and her family recoup from a very eventful week.
Love to all!
Patrick and Jessica I hope you're recovery is going well. I know the privacy is important but everyone who saw what happened to you two is still hoping and praying you get to bounce back from everything you two have been through. The hardest part must have been going through it all away from each other. The angels at the two hospitals that got you two together for date night are the best of what modern medicine has to offer. You can't heal the physical without the emotional.
My thoughts and prayers go out to both of you daily. Although I have never meet you I know Katy and Sarah and have heard what wonderful people you both are. Please know all of us in Sacramento are thinking of you and appreciate the updates. My love to you both and your families!
Jess & Patrick - From the University of Arizona Sacramento Alumni Chapter all of our thoughts and prayers are with you. We wish you two the very best in your recovery. We are proud that you once called Sacramento home and are forever a Wildcat. If you are ever in Sacramento we would love to me you. -SactownCats
This page was set up before we were aware of the other fund. My family has known the Kensky family for over twenty years, and we as well as other California friends were wondering how to help. Every dollar will be given to Patrick and Jessica to use as they see fit as they navigate their recovery and future. Many of our friends have donated with compassion and kindness and we will be making a book of all the messages to send to Jessica's family. My husband has been in contact with Jess's Dad daily. I hope this addresses your concerns. Sincerely, Leslie Kelly
How come there are 2 pages? http://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/ygf1/helpforpatandjess