Andy Burke is a gifted craftsman: carrying on the trades of carpenter and journeyman electrician. A devoted Roman Catholic, he is the main support for the family that God has entrusted to him, as he daily lives out his vocation of husband and father, earning his living with his hands as an independent worker. Andy was almost killed in an accident last week, and he and his family need your help.
On Saturday July 18th, near midnight, Andy was making his way home to West Baltimore after a long day on the job. He got lost, and stopped to ask for directions. He stepped off a curb and was struck at high speed by a passing car. By the Grace of God, an ambulance was nearby, and heroic medics managed to save his life. He suffered devastating injuries: his entire ribcage being crushed, lungs collapsed, heart damaged, leg and pelvis broken, and most dreadfully, the loss of his entire left arm. His wife Kelly was notified while she awaited him at her job, at a local Catholic charity, 'Little Sisters of the Poor', whose charism is the care for the indigent and abandoned elderly.
Andy has a tradition of service; to his country as a US Naval Intelligence in Operation Just Cause, to his Church, St Alphonsus in Baltimore, and to his family, as the main breadwinner for his wife and two children. As an independent worker, Andy is on his own in this more tragic circumstance, relying on Providence, and on us, to provide. Without a doubt he will not be working for years, and even then, will have just one arm. His wife Kelly already says she will be his other arm so he can keep working if that day comes. And thankfully they have great neighbors who are already getting to work to build a wheelchair ramp for their house. He will need round the clock care from his family for years to come.
Against this background, the parishioners of their Church, the National Shrine of St Alphonsus Liguori, plead for your prayers for this family, and appeal, in the spirit of Charity, for your financial help for this most beloved and pious family, the Burkes.
IT WILL BE EXTREMELY HELPFUL IF YOU WILL PROMOTE THIS FAR AND WIDE TO YOUR FRIENDS AND CONTACTS. REPOSTING TO SOCIAL MEDIA ACTUALLY WORKS!
- Stephen and Pamela Dow
Organizer and beneficiary