Gabe Kennedy Rehabilitation Support Fund

$39,290 of $125k goal

Raised by 499 people in 27 months
Solea Kennedy   COUPEVILLE, WA
Gabe has made a great deal of progress in his recovery.  Every step of the way you have been with him.  Your prayers and support have been a God-send! He is now walking with a prosthetic leg and without the use of a cane or crutch!  Most of his cognitive abilities have returned.  He still suffers from extreme fatigue (due to brain injury) and intermitten pain (due to the amputation of his leg and reconstruction of his shoulder).  Yet, overall, his recovery has been miraculous and we anticipate him being able to eventually live a full and functional life!
Although the person who hit Gabe was tried and convicted of felony hit and run, they do not have any assets and are currently unemployed.  Contributing less than $35 per month, they are not really able to  help with his past medical bills or his living expenses while he is in recovery.  (Gabe is now on Washington Medicaid, but there were previous bills not covered.)
        Gabe has been denied Social Security Disability.  We have hired attorneys to appeal and expect to win, but the court date has not even been set and won't be until sometime next year.  At this time, Gabe receives $189 per month from the state of Washington disability.   Since he cannot live on this, we have been relying on contributions from all of you to help cover his cost of living, care, legal fees and other expenses that are not covered by Medicaid.
I have no idea what we would have done if we had not had your support.  We are so thankful for all of you!           
I was recently talking with a friend who was surprised to hear all of this, she said that she heard that the person who hit Gabe was helping with his care.  I told her that not only was this not true, but we are getting close to running out of funds to cover his expenses.  Gabe is actively seeking employment, but since he cannot be awake all day, he may only be able to work part time.  In order to work, he will likely need to drive again (no transit here on weekends or evenings.)  He is now working with Vocational Rehab and they are going to help outfit his car with hand controls so that he can drive again.  There are mandated costs of repair to his vehicle in order to get it fit for the hand controls, so we have that expense as well. Also, he will need to work enough to cover the costs of driving.                                                                                                 My friend suggested I let everyone know.  We talked about how if even half of the people following Gabe's recovery contributed a small monthly amount , it would likely be enough to cover his living expenses!  Gabe needs a few more months of help in order to get back on his feet.  If you can afford to and would like to help, please consider contributing $5, $10 or $15 per month for the next 6 months.  Hopefully by mid next year Gabe will start receiving Social Security until he can return to work full time.
I appreciate your consideration and even if you cannot afford to contribute, I am thankful for your continued thoughts, prayers and support!
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Update 158
27 days ago
Gabe will soon be receiving Social Security Disability! He had a trial date set for the 25th and they decided to settle with him before the trial!
He was very relieved. He did not want to deal with the hearing. Thank you, God!
He is still struggling with getting enough nutrition and also pain issues. Please keep up your prayers for him. Thank you for all of your support, for seeing us through!
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Update 157
5 months ago
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Yesterday Gabe had his first outpatient surgery clinic appointment. It looks like his incision is healing well. The sight of it could still make you weak in the knees though! Gabe has done well with his liquid diet so they are graduating him to a soft food diet as long as he chews everything excessively! Yesterday he had a piece of pizza (without a stomach, he has to eat small meals throughout the day). He said it was so good, a couple of hours later he had another piece, than another later in the day and then guess what he had for breakfast? Right! Cold pizza!
He is still having a lot of pain, which is normal. He says his new look is a permanent grimace. They have also been concerned about his spleen not functioning, so he has to be careful with his immune system. Overall, his recovery is going very well. He looks pale, weak and frail, but his spirits are good.
He is thankful for all of your prayers and support.
Gabe and Aleyah
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Update 156
6 months ago
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Gabe was released from Harborview Medical Center yesterday! Chris and I packed up his things on Friday while Claudia and daughters got a room ready. A new comfy bed was delivered as well.
Gabe was so happy to be out of the hospital! He is still on a liquid only diet and has a tube coming out of his side. He has to change his wound dressing a couple of times a day. His pain is still pretty high, but is diminishing as well. He's doing great considering, but was pretty tired as he settled into his room.
Your continued prayers are appreciated. Thank you for all of your support!
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Update 155
6 months ago
Today they are saying Gabe might be able to be discharged tomorrow! His white blood cell count is coming down, slowly, so it depends on what it looks like tomorrow. He is able to change his own wound dressing. He's tolerating trading liquids by mouth and already tired of both and Jello! :)
Chris will help me move stuff out of Gabe's apartment tomorrow and he'll stay with Uncle Chris and Aunt Claudia for recovery.
I was surprised when I saw Gabe yesterday and he was up walking around! I had left and came back with his guitar so he is now playing and working on getting his lungs strong again, for singing.
Thank you for all your prayers and support. Gabe has another long road ahead for his recovery and life may be even more different, but he's got a great positive attitude and is thankful for what he does have!
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Jenny Moser
17 months ago
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Gabe, I am so happy and excited to see you smiling and working so hard! Continually praying for your recovery!

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Nancy Caterini
26 days ago

I'm very happy for you, but I can't help thinking, what took them so long?

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Solea Kennedy
27 days ago

Thank you, Dorothy. Gabe can handle some protein powders and others aren't as good for him. The best are the pure whey protein concentrate. If you want to send some to him, please send me an email and I can give you his mailing address. Thanks again!

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Dorothy Townsend-Tyers
27 days ago

And...So happy you are getting some disability money!

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Dorothy Townsend-Tyers
27 days ago

Do liquid protein powders work for you? I keep buying new ones and not using them. You're welcome to them.

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Aloha Hart
6 months ago

Solea, I am praying for Gabe and for you and have asked my church's prayer chain to pray for him as well. He is such a fine young man and I have so enjoyed getting to know him. May God's peace be with you both.

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April Maunu
18 months ago

Yay! New leg!:) you are looking good!

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April Maunu
24 months ago

You keep looking better and better, Gabe!! Paul and the kids and I continue to pray for you. You are such a strong fighter and I know without a doubt God has a purpose for you for good! I'm glad mom (grandma) gets to visit for awhile. All of us far away would love to just pick up camp and move by you right now. So glad that God has provided friends and therapists that can be there for you right now.

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Karen Rain
24 months ago

Gabe is doing SO well in such a short amount of time! Blessings on all of you.

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Kay Foote
25 months ago

And we on Whidbey r so blessed to have Gabe here!!!

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Dorothy Townsend-Tyers
25 months ago

Wonderful news! Is there something we can help with when you get home?

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Kay Foote
25 months ago

VERY IMPRESSIVE!!! Excellent work Gabe!!!

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Molly Sturdevant
25 months ago

Gabe we are so happy for your great progress & determination! Keep up the great work and positive outlook, all your Juneau friends are rooting for you.

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Tawna May
25 months ago

What a blessing to see Gabe up and about!

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Colleen Reiter
25 months ago

Wow, You are doing awesome Gabe!!!

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Kay Foote
25 months ago

Soooo excited for u Gabe!!! :-)

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Geri Stoll
25 months ago

It's good to see another smile on your face again Gabe! Hang in there!

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Geri Stoll
25 months ago

I'm glad to see a smile on your face Gabe! I read all of the updates posted by your mom. Sending hugs and prayers for you from sunny Juneau! :-)

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Kay Foote
25 months ago

It was so good to finally meet u Gabe! I was totally amazed at how well u r doing and what a positive attitude u have and a wonderful way with the other patients and even the staff! Congratulations and now the prothestic! Way to go to both u and ur Mom!!!

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April Maunu
25 months ago

You are truly doing amazing!!! Love to see that smile returning. You continue to be in our prayers.

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$39,290 of $125k goal

Raised by 499 people in 27 months
Created May 13, 2014
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$35
UNcle Glenn & Aunt Beth Dick
19 days ago (Monthly Donation)
$50
Julie & Gordy Olson
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$10
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$40
Anonymous
1 month ago (Monthly Donation)
UD
$35
UNcle Glenn & Aunt Beth Dick
1 month ago (Monthly Donation)
$10
Anonymous
2 months ago (Monthly Donation)
Jenny Moser
17 months ago
1
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Gabe, I am so happy and excited to see you smiling and working so hard! Continually praying for your recovery!

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Nancy Caterini
26 days ago

I'm very happy for you, but I can't help thinking, what took them so long?

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Solea Kennedy
27 days ago

Thank you, Dorothy. Gabe can handle some protein powders and others aren't as good for him. The best are the pure whey protein concentrate. If you want to send some to him, please send me an email and I can give you his mailing address. Thanks again!

+ Read More
Dorothy Townsend-Tyers
27 days ago

And...So happy you are getting some disability money!

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Dorothy Townsend-Tyers
27 days ago

Do liquid protein powders work for you? I keep buying new ones and not using them. You're welcome to them.

+ Read More
Aloha Hart
6 months ago

Solea, I am praying for Gabe and for you and have asked my church's prayer chain to pray for him as well. He is such a fine young man and I have so enjoyed getting to know him. May God's peace be with you both.

+ Read More
April Maunu
18 months ago

Yay! New leg!:) you are looking good!

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April Maunu
24 months ago

You keep looking better and better, Gabe!! Paul and the kids and I continue to pray for you. You are such a strong fighter and I know without a doubt God has a purpose for you for good! I'm glad mom (grandma) gets to visit for awhile. All of us far away would love to just pick up camp and move by you right now. So glad that God has provided friends and therapists that can be there for you right now.

+ Read More
Karen Rain
24 months ago

Gabe is doing SO well in such a short amount of time! Blessings on all of you.

+ Read More
Kay Foote
25 months ago

And we on Whidbey r so blessed to have Gabe here!!!

+ Read More
Dorothy Townsend-Tyers
25 months ago

Wonderful news! Is there something we can help with when you get home?

+ Read More
Kay Foote
25 months ago

VERY IMPRESSIVE!!! Excellent work Gabe!!!

+ Read More
Molly Sturdevant
25 months ago

Gabe we are so happy for your great progress & determination! Keep up the great work and positive outlook, all your Juneau friends are rooting for you.

+ Read More
Tawna May
25 months ago

What a blessing to see Gabe up and about!

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Colleen Reiter
25 months ago

Wow, You are doing awesome Gabe!!!

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Kay Foote
25 months ago

Soooo excited for u Gabe!!! :-)

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Geri Stoll
25 months ago

It's good to see another smile on your face again Gabe! Hang in there!

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Geri Stoll
25 months ago

I'm glad to see a smile on your face Gabe! I read all of the updates posted by your mom. Sending hugs and prayers for you from sunny Juneau! :-)

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Kay Foote
25 months ago

It was so good to finally meet u Gabe! I was totally amazed at how well u r doing and what a positive attitude u have and a wonderful way with the other patients and even the staff! Congratulations and now the prothestic! Way to go to both u and ur Mom!!!

+ Read More
April Maunu
25 months ago

You are truly doing amazing!!! Love to see that smile returning. You continue to be in our prayers.

+ Read More
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