Jake has supported Boston-area families in need for more than 30 years. Jake never considers “no’ as an answer to someone in need. He just finds a way to help and make everyone involved feel hopeful and empowered. Jake and his wife Sparky founded Christmas in the City in 1989 and have brought comfort and joy to tens of thousands of families experiencing homelessness and poverty. They’ve also brought the joy of giving to the thousands of volunteers who run the annual party, and the other programs and events throughout the year that have grown up around the organization.
Jake is also a healer, an extraordinary physical therapist, who has brought comfort, and the ability to get back to their normal activities, to an untold number of patients recovering from injuries and surgery.
Late last fall Jake was diagnosed with ALS
The disease has been merciless, and Jake now requires 24/7 professional in-home care which insurance is not yet covering – and will never cover fully. This round-the-clock care is above and beyond the love and care provided by Sparky and their children. His home also needs renovations to adapt to Jake’s increasing needs for safety and access.
The initial financial goal was $90,000 for this fund will cover anticipated costs for home health care, through the fall. As more information on Jake's needs have emerged, especially regarding the required home renovations, we have raised the goal substantially to $260,000.
Please donate and show Jake we are all with him and love him. We know these are challenging times, but every dollar counts and time is of the essence. All funds collected will go directly to Jake and Sparky Kennedy. If you prefer to send a check, email [email redacted] for details.
We also ask you to add a Comment and Share
Your messages and comments will be shared with Jake, and will help strengthen the Kennedy family.
And please get the word out on your social media channels! Use the hashtag #LetsHelpJake
- Jake with Mayor Marty Walsh at Christmas in the City, 2018
- Jake in Winter Wonderland, 2019
- Jake and Sparky at Christmas in the City, 2019
- Kathleen Mellen
- Lorraine Preveza
- Len Abram
- Pamela Kenney
Fundraising team: Team Jake (5)
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