Dillon Narko Family Tragedy

$196,741 of $150k goal

Raised by 1,137 people in 27 days
Daniel Cotter
on behalf of Kathleen Dillon Narko
 CHICAGO, IL

Please read this story.  My good friend, Kathleen, and her family are suffering a great tragedy. This story is from her sisters.  Please give if you are able.  Dan Cotter

In late January, our sister Kathleen’s husband, Kevin, went running along a Chicago lakefront path and did not return. After seven long weeks of waiting and praying, we have just learned from the police that a passerby spotted a body in Lake Michigan, and it has been confirmed that it is Kevin. Kevin was 52 years old. The police and we believe that due to a medical condition or accident, Kevin fell into the lake, but the cold lake temperature prevented his body from being found until now.

Kevin with his two sons

The incredible heartbreak that our sister is experiencing barely begins to account for the unbelievable financial strain on Kathleen’s entire family. Kathleen, who has severe multiple sclerosis and is unable to walk or to drive, is a law professor. In addition, Kathleen and Kevin’s older son has severe autism. Both of them need live-in help 24/7.  This is a crisis situation, as both Kathleen and their son with autism have lost their primary caregiver.

Kevin and his younger son were best friends. Kevin made it to every game his son played on many sports teams over the years.  Kevin stayed up late with him when he had to study or write a paper.  Kevin was always there as his biggest fan and supporter. The emotional loss for his younger son is immense. With the loss of Kevin's income, the family is now struggling to pay his son's expenses to stay in college.

 

Kevin worked tirelessly as a solo practice attorney to support his family, and he did the physical and emotional heavy lifting at home.  Kevin was Kathleen’s lifeline and also cared for their son as only a loving father can, attending keenly to his special physical, emotional, and educational needs. They went everywhere together – to the store, movies, and church.


Kevin and his older son

Last October the family experienced another serious health situation when Kevin suddenly collapsed as a result of a previously unknown irregular heartbeat. Kevin was unconscious for several days, and Kathleen sat with him at the hospital every day. Thanks to outstanding medical attention, the love and prayers of his family, friends, and faith in God, Kevin recovered.


Kevin and Kathleen

One of the things their older son loved to do was to go running with his dad.  He was a state qualifier for the Special Olympics and was excited to return to running with Kevin. Kevin began to resume his life and was cleared for running by his doctors. On January 30, 2017, Kevin went running on a regular route along the lakefront and did not return.   


Kevin and his son with autism did many races together

 We are trying to raise money to help Kathleen with the astronomical expenses of her own and her son’s 24/7 care, daily transportation, food, housing, and clothing, as well as college tuition costs for Kathleen’s younger son.  They have not only lost Kevin’s income, but they have gone from needing help for only certain hours each weekday to having to hire skilled caregivers around the clock every day of the week.  Anything will help.  Your kindness and generosity will be appreciated so much by Kathleen and her family during this tragedy.  Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you for your support and for your prayers. 

 

Please spread the word and share this GoFundMe page.

 

With heartfelt gratitude, Kathleen’s sisters




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Update 11
Posted by Daniel Cotter
5 days ago
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On behalf of Kathleen and her family, we continue to be overwhelmed with the love and support so many have shown. Friends and family and strangers alike have all been generous and kind, with warm stories and rememberances and spiritual support and prayers. The kind words and donations continue to come in, and the famiky gives a heartfelt thank you for the blessings you have bestowed.
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Update 10
Posted by Daniel Cotter
8 days ago
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Thank you to everyone who has provided emotional and financial support to the family during this very difficult time. We just passed the revised campaign goal thanks to almost 1,000 donors. The memories, thoughts and prayers are very moving.
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Update 9
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8 days ago
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We are less than $12,000 from our revised campaign goal. On behalf of the family, we are so grateful for so many kind people. Your support, memories, thoughts and prayers are very moving and the family is so grateful to everyone in this time of need. Thank you for spreading the word far and wide.
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Update 8
Posted by Daniel Cotter
9 days ago
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On what would have been Kevin's 53rd birthday, we continue to be overwhelmed by the outpouring of support, financially and spiritually. We are touched by the love. Please keep the notes and words coming as we close in on our goal.
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Tricia Anne
11 days ago
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It has been truly amazing watching all the support and love everyone has showed Aunt Leen and the boys, whether it be through donations, or prayer. Uncle Kevin was an amazing husband, father and uncle. My mom would take me and my brother to Chicago all the time when we were younger and him and Aunt Leen would always takes us on wonderful Chicago adventures. Thank you to everyone who has supported the family through this tragic loss we really appreciate it.

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Mary Cooke
12 days ago
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To Everyone who is Giving - It brings me to tears each time I see the generosity of so many who give to help my sister. We appreciate this support for Kathleen so very much. Thank you, thank you.

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Frances Dillon Kline
12 days ago
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I want to thank everyone who is donating. As Mary says, it does bring tears... but also smiles to see so many people helping my little sister. You are all appreciated! Fran

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Toni Summers Hargis
11 days ago
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I think I met Kevin but I live in the neighborhood and know many people who know the family. My sincere condolences for this terrible loss and the situation they now find themselves in.

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Janet Sattler
9 days ago
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To the family- Please accept my sincere sympathy for your loss. The news shook me when Frances told me and it still haunts me. The grief has to be tremendous, but I hope you are finding peace and closure with the discovery of Kevin's body. May you all find strength during this most difficult time. With respect, Janet Sattler

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Kate Clanton
9 days ago
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There are programs out there to assist with caregiver expenses for the older son. Please feel free to reach out to me and I will do my best to guide you.

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Daniel Cotter
11 days ago
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I echo the previous comments. It is very moving to see the comments, thoughts, prayers, support and love of so many people. Thank you on behalf lf Kathleen and her sons.

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$196,741 of $150k goal

Raised by 1,137 people in 27 days
Created March 1, 2017
Daniel Cotter  
on behalf of Kathleen Dillon Narko
MB
$100
Marca Bristo
2 hours ago

The Access Living family is thinking of you in this difficult time.

$500
Anonymous
2 hours ago
$100
Anonymous
3 hours ago
$25
Anonymous
12 hours ago
DD
$50
Dan Dahle
15 hours ago

With prayers for healing & support

MZ
$50
Maria Zaczyk
20 hours ago
DL
$100
D & J Lewandowski's
21 hours ago

Prayers from your Ignatius family

$1,000
Anonymous
1 day ago
JG
$1,000
Jim & Bridget Gross
1 day ago
JO
$300
Jeryl Olson
1 day ago
Tricia Anne
11 days ago
5
5

It has been truly amazing watching all the support and love everyone has showed Aunt Leen and the boys, whether it be through donations, or prayer. Uncle Kevin was an amazing husband, father and uncle. My mom would take me and my brother to Chicago all the time when we were younger and him and Aunt Leen would always takes us on wonderful Chicago adventures. Thank you to everyone who has supported the family through this tragic loss we really appreciate it.

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Mary Cooke
12 days ago
5
5

To Everyone who is Giving - It brings me to tears each time I see the generosity of so many who give to help my sister. We appreciate this support for Kathleen so very much. Thank you, thank you.

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Frances Dillon Kline
12 days ago
4
4

I want to thank everyone who is donating. As Mary says, it does bring tears... but also smiles to see so many people helping my little sister. You are all appreciated! Fran

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Toni Summers Hargis
11 days ago
3
3

I think I met Kevin but I live in the neighborhood and know many people who know the family. My sincere condolences for this terrible loss and the situation they now find themselves in.

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Janet Sattler
9 days ago
2
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To the family- Please accept my sincere sympathy for your loss. The news shook me when Frances told me and it still haunts me. The grief has to be tremendous, but I hope you are finding peace and closure with the discovery of Kevin's body. May you all find strength during this most difficult time. With respect, Janet Sattler

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Kate Clanton
9 days ago
1
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There are programs out there to assist with caregiver expenses for the older son. Please feel free to reach out to me and I will do my best to guide you.

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Daniel Cotter
11 days ago
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I echo the previous comments. It is very moving to see the comments, thoughts, prayers, support and love of so many people. Thank you on behalf lf Kathleen and her sons.

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