Gabe Kennedy Rehabilitation Support Fund
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!
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 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!
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!
The nurse had me change his wound dressing. Let's just say that isn't for the squeemish! Large, open incision down to muscle tissue. I'm surprised Gabe can look at it, but he said he's going to change dressings himself. There's about a 10" long incision with a one inch gap in the center that I had to pack wet gauze into. I'll spare you the rest of the details!
There is a little concern about the color of discharge and the white blood cell count.
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.
Yay! New leg!:) you are looking good!
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.
Gabe is doing SO well in such a short amount of time! Blessings on all of you.
And we on Whidbey r so blessed to have Gabe here!!!
Wonderful news! Is there something we can help with when you get home?
VERY IMPRESSIVE!!! Excellent work Gabe!!!
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.
What a blessing to see Gabe up and about!
Wow, You are doing awesome Gabe!!!
Soooo excited for u Gabe!!! :-)
It's good to see another smile on your face again Gabe! Hang in there!
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! :-)
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!!!
You are truly doing amazing!!! Love to see that smile returning. You continue to be in our prayers.
Woo-hoo!!! Excellent news!!!
Glad you are doing so well!! Dori
Gabe you are in our thoughts very often. Glad to see your progress and that you're settled in Washington!!!
Happy 4th Gabe!! How wonderful and blessed you are to be alive and recovering. Hope you are milking this positives around you while watching some awesome fireworks. Your Florida Friend, - Brooke