"Help KEV kick Cancer's butt"

$7,060 of $40,000 goal

Raised by 73 people in 1 month
Created February 4, 2019
This is a Straight up, Make-the-World-Right, Pulling-Out-the-Stops Emergency Medical Fundraiser for one of San Diego’s Best-Kept Secret Musical Geniuses and an Incredible Human Being!

KEV is a truly gifted performer, world class guitarist, a published author, and although he calls himself “the world’s OK-est Ukulele player,” if you have ever had the privilege of hearing him play you know that he plays the ukulele like no one else in this universe. He is also an amazing teacher who inspires his students to become better players, performers, and more importantly better people. 

We are sharing KEV’s story and asking for your help because ever mounting  bills should not be what keeps him from a full and hearty return to music, his students, his community-building and his life. This go fund me account will help assure that KEV will be able to afford the insurance needed to treat his illness, and pay any additional medical expenses, rent, and other needs while he is recovering.

As some of you know in 2016 KEV was diagnosed with colon cancer and had emergency surgery to save his life. During the surgery they removed a tumor blocking his intestines and 14 inches of colon. Unfortunately, this was followed by a massive infection leading to weeks of hospitalization and mounting expenses.

It was a long road to recovery. Months of chemotherapy had devastating side effects, preventing him from playing the guitar or ukulele, and from making a living. Just as he was getting on his feet the doctors found tumors and infection in his liver, and he had another surgery to remove a third of his liver. Recovery from these two surgeries has been a huge set back. 

Last year he suffered another setback when his retina detached leading to two additional surgeries and more time out of work. He had just begun rebuilding his life and career for the third time only to find out last month that he once again has colon cancer.      

36790894_1549332235301466_r.jpegAwesome students leaning and having fun.

KEV’s surgery is scheduled for February 6. After surgery we will know more about his cancer, recovery, and further treatment. Recovery and additional chemotherapy could take months, and for someone who is self-employed, that is devastating.

Anything you can give will help KEV return to his life, his career, to all his Tikis, to his students who miss him greatly, and to making music for everyone to enjoy.

36790894_1549330129432383_r.jpegKev and his Tikis at Comic-Con

From Kev (in his own words to his amazing Tikis):

“SNEAKY TIKI WILL GO ON! You need to keep your Tiki fun skills in shape until I return. 
I have to postpone all lessons, classes, gigs, and all-you-can-eat buffets for a little while. 

We won’t know how long recovery will be until after the surgery. 

I will miss my Sea Turtles, and all my Tikis and students. 

I consider myself very lucky to have you all in my life and to be a small part of yours. 

I truly love you all, except for that one weird person….

I plan on staying above dirt… so don’t think you can get rid of me that easy.

I did really great in my 2 major practice surgeries, and my 2 practice Chemotherapy gigs.  Plus, I had two BONUS eye surgeries this year too… I am warmed up and ready to kick cancers butt…. again. It should have learned the first two times.  

I’ll be back and READY TO STRUUUUUUMMMMBLE in no time.” - KEV

KEV is an amazing human being and his positive spirit is contagious. Let’s keep that light burning into the future.

Any gift is so appreciated.


Thank you for your help.

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We know you all want to know how KEV is doing.
KEV's surgery went well, they were able to use the DaVinci surgical robot and do it as a laparoscopic surgery. He had a couple of complications that keep him in the hospital longer than expected but he’s out and recovering at home for the next few weeks. 

He has a number of upcoming doctors visits and tests and he’ll know more about chemotherapy and future treatments in March. KEV is in good spirits and wanted to thank everyone who has been contributing to the Gofundme and everyone who has been volunteering and helping him to keep the SneakyTiki Meetup going. He is so grateful for all of your support and kind words, and he hopes to be able to see you at SneakyTiki soon.

He appreciates all of you.
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Raised by 73 people in 1 month
Created February 4, 2019
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