Care for Kevin

$12,900 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 174 people in 17 days
Created April 5, 2018
My dear friend Lynde Greene Devine's husband Kevin Devine suffered a major stroke on Wednesday morning April 4. He was in hospital fighting for his life  until Sunday April 8, when he went to heaven to be with God and live amongst the angels. They are self-employed, they own Kevin Devine Photography, so when they can't work they don't get paid. I have no idea what the plan is for the business now.  They have no medical insurance and the bills are huge and this family's need is great.
Their lives changed in the blink of an eye and they need help, love, prayers, and monetary support. Please help if you are able. If you can't give anything please share this, perhaps someone you know will be able to help! They were honestly such a sweet, loving, generous couple and what Lynde and her family are going through right now breaks my heart.  Every little bit will help as they go through this difficult chapter in their story.  Thank you so very much for any and all love, prayers and support that you can give! 28894346_15229568740_r.jpeg
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Today...today is going to be a really hard day for all of the people that knew and loved Kevin Devine. The Celebration of Kevin's Life takes place today.

Lynde is asking this...I know that 1000's of you have sent your prayers, comforting words, and shared your memories of Kevin...when you have a moment, and if you wouldn't mind, please add your memories, or condolences to his memorial page. Your kind words, photos, and memories will be included in a book that our family receives. The page will be open for comments for 30 days. God Bless. https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/gladstone-mo/kevin-devine-7817637/add-memory

I was not lucky enough to know him personally. I am a very good friend of Lynde and through her love for him, I felt like I knew him. Through her eyes and her words I feel like I know the kind of man he was. I see him as a man who adored his wife. A man who loved his family and his friends. I see a talented man with a true passion for photography. I see a man who's passion for his work turned his clients into friends. I see a man with a lust for life, who found joy in ordinary. A man who loved to make those around him smile. A joker who loved a good laugh. I wish I had met the man who meant so much to so many.
Today I ask that you each say a prayer for strength, comfort and peace for those who loved Kevin so dearly, for his beloved family, for his closest friends. Thank you and God bless.
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First let me say thank you. I am obsessively grateful for all of the prayers, love and donations that everyone is sending to my friend and her family.
As always please keep praying, share this, give if your are able. If you prefer to send donations in some other way you can send it via PayPal (choose friend & family option, and contact me for that information). You can send it through Facebook Messenger payment (contact me for that information). You can send it to this address if that is how you prefer:
Kevin Devine Photography
11265 N Summit St
Kansas City Missouri 64155
Today, I find myself mourning for my friend who lost her soulmate, her best friend, her business partner, her lover, the man who loved her children like his own, her travel companion, her dinner date, her room mate, her laughter, her biggest supporter, he was quite literally her world. How must it feel to lose such a huge part of your existence, such an essential piece of yourself?
When you wake, you roll over and the bed is empty beside you, yet you have to get up and function in a world that now feels foreign and unwelcoming to you. You do not have your partner to share a cup of coffee with, no one to discuss the business of the day. No hugs, no kisses, no cheeky smiles, no jokes or pranks, no knowing smiles...how do you come to terms with so much loss? Eating is too lonely now, that empty chair just sitting there...the house does not feel much like home the heart of it has moved to heaven now, and you are left alone.
You feel broken, lost, small, vulnerable, alone...so alone. You feel weak, fragile, scared, sad, so, so many tears. The weight of the grief feels like it is crushing you, drowning you, smothering you minute by minute, hour by hour day by day. Oh the pain, you want to scream from the pain, how is it possible he'll never kiss you again? He can't hold your hand, or caress your neck, you would give anything to hear him say, I love you, one more time...just once more.
I mourn for my friend, she will never be quite the same...such a loss is going to leave a scar. I love this lady and I will do all I can to help her as she adjusts into this new, lonelier chapter.
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Today I am here to share the arrangements for the Celebration of Kevin's Life. This is the the information from his Obituary.

All are welcome to celebrate Kevin's beautiful life on Sunday, April 15, at White Chapel Funeral Home (6600 NE Antioch Rd, Gladstone, MO 64119) from 3-5pm. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to a Go Fund Me account for his family at: https://www.gofundme.com/6jr4t9-care-for-kevin Our family would like to express our deepest thanks to the doctors and nurses at Saint Luke's Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute for their incredible care and compassion.

You can read the entire obituary at this link https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/gladstone-mo/kevin-devine-7817637

As you see they are asking for donations to this fund in lieu of flowers so please keep the generous donations coming to this grieving family.

Thank you and God bless.
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Today I want to say thank you so much for all of your generosity! The fund has collected just over $10,000 since I started it . It has been shared 897 times on Facebook. 152 people have donated. These numbers are wonderful and we are off to a great start. The need is even greater than these numbers.

This family has lost the center of their world. There was no insurance, they never expected this kind of tragedy to visit them. They are left mourning, in shock, broken, lost, scared and on top of all that is the financial worry... The grief makes it hard to get up and function day to day.

We are helping but trust me when I say, what we have raised so far is not gonna make a dent in the medical bills. I know it sounds overwhelming to say that $10,000 is not going to make a dent but anyone who has spent time in a hospital and seen the bill before insurance knows that it's true.

I am asking that you keep sharing this, keep it on people's minds, keep praying for peace, for comfort, for help, and for guidance for this family. Give what you can when you can, Lynde and Kevin have always given generously when others have needed help and now they need the help.

Lynde and the family are finalizing the arrangements today and I will post the information in tomorrow's update.

God bless.
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Raised by 174 people in 17 days
Created April 5, 2018
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