Kevin Delaney’s life was filled with great Love and great sorrow. Kevin, true friend to many, met his wife Vanessa on May 5th 2012. They both knew from the start that they had found someone to cherish. Kevin, a man of few serious words, gushed to his friends about the amazing and caring women he had fallen in love with. He shared plans of their future and spoke longingly of the big family they would one day have together. Similarly, Vanessa had found the good, generous and loving man she had always envisioned. They were married 4 years later, on a beach in Jamaica surrounded by family and friends who flocked from NYC to celebrate the truly special couple. I have never felt so much love and hope in one place than I did the night of their dream wedding. The following May they welcomed their first daughter Adaleigh into the world. She was the beautiful baby they had been longing for. To go with the baby, they had found their dream house. A nice cape in NJ, with a yard where their daughter would one day play. Sadly, this is where Kevin’s story began to unwind. Following some of the most amazing years of his life, just as he had begun to plan for his beautiful future came a devastating cancer diagnosis.
In August of 2017, just two months after the birth of his daughter, still in the middle of a house renovation, Kevin visited his doctor for his annual physical. His doctor requested further blood work, then surprisingly ordered follow up testing and scans. Cancer…Kevin and Vanessa were told that Kev had some masses in his liver, and possibly on his spine. After further testing, we were told it was Stage IV Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma. It was inoperable, incurable, and they would not be able to give us a timeline for his future. It was devastating to everyone around him. Instead of being able to enjoy their dream house and the first year with their baby Kevin and Vanessa had serious battle ahead of him. Kevin fought hard through many clinical trials and a hip replacement following the discovery of a tumor in his femur. Sadly, we lost our Gentle Giant Kevin Delaney in August of 2018, just a year after his surprising diagnosis.
His daughter and wife are still here. They live on without their best friend, soulmate and father. They carry on reminding us of what a wonderful man he was and how he affected us all for the better. We are stronger because of his inspirational fight but Vanessa and Addy still need us. They need us to help fill a void, to help ease their pain, to help relieve their struggle. Kevin’s passing was too early and too quick for them to make a solid plan or to provide security for Vanessa and Addy’s future. Money cannot heal our wounds, but monetary help can support Vanessa, an unexpectedly single mother, raise her daughter in the fashion that she and Kevin had planned. Monetary donations can help Vanessa make better choices in daycare, school, medical, enrichment activities and maybe most importantly college tuition.
We hope you will choose to support their love today.