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Steve Kennealy Fund

$79,216 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 404 people in 5 months
Created November 25, 2017
On  Monday November 20th our friend, father, husband, mentor, co-worker, and everyone's favorite person, Steve Kennealy, sustained a severe head injury that has left him in the hospital unconscious and in a coma. Steve's friends and family have been by his side for many days and right now are praying and hoping for a recovery. There are still so many unknowns, but what we do know is Steve and his family need your help.  

Steve was air lifted on Monday to Beth Israel hospital, where he is surrounded by wonderful Doctors and Nurses giving him by the minute care. As we all know medical care is anything but inexpensive, and Steve is in need of the top care and for what we know will be a long recovery. Being in Boston, his family has been staying in an apartment, but soon will have to leave this apartment to find new housing in the city of Boston to be close to Steve. What we do know and believe is the more we talk to Steve the more movement we feel he is regaining, which means we want his family to be as close as possible to him and need to be within walking distance. We need your help.

Everyday at work Steve starts his day by asking " How can I make your day better?" My usual response to him is "stop being so happy. This is Massachusetts, no one is that happy." He is though. Steve is the definition of thoughtfullness and wants to make everyone's life easier by helping them in any way that he can. Anyone who has had any sort of conversation with him can't help but instantly fall in love with his personality. His love for life, people, family, dogs, and service to the general public makes him as special as they come. 

Steve would never ask for your help with whatever it may be. He always wants to do everything himself because he is always right :). Now is probably your one and only chance to help Steve because once he wakes up he is going to be really upset that we are giving him this much attention. 

Everyone that reads this we can't stress enough. We need help. The medical bills are going to be tremendous and the cost of living for his family to be by his side is going to be expensive, not to mention his family being out of work to be at his side. We are starting the goal at $25,000 but that is just the starting point. We need to see 6 figures and we won't stop until we do. We need to all pay it forward. The holidays are about being thankful and generous and we need your generosity. 

Whether you have known Steve through the construction industry, Department of Public Safety for the State of Massachusetts, The modular home industry, Dreamline Modular Homes, family, friends growing up, his East Taunton community, anything. Please, Please, Please donate and know you are giving to an amazing man and an amazing family. I am calling on all of you to help and be as generous as you can. 

Please keep Steve in your thoughts and prayers throughout the holiday. We need positive energy in the air and bless all of you for what you can give. What we do know is Steve would be extremely humbled by your generosity. We are all just waiting to hear him ask us again how he can make our day better. Right now the only way that can happen is for Steve to be asking that question. God bless. 













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Hello Everyone,

I hope you are doing great. Just a quick update on Steve as he continues to progress. He is still at Spaulding in Charlestown, but continues to make steps in the right direction. He is walking almost 50' with one person assisting him on one side and another following, which is really some great progression. He is still on a liquid diet, but is having 3 meals a day as well. We are seeing more movement from his left hand/arm, which has been the weaker of the sides. Keep thinking of Steve and keep visiting!

The other reason we were reaching out, is to invite all of you to a fundraiser that the Haggerty Family has put together for Steve. It will be on June 2nd from 1-5pm at the Portuguese American Civic Club, which is located at 175 School Street Taunton MA. There is a link below if you would like to purchase any tickets to the event. If you can't make it, please feel free to reach out to Matt Haggerty at stevekennealyfund@gmail.com for any donations and or if you would like to donate an item!

https://www.eventbee.com/v/ahaggerty1130/event?eid=175561063#/tickets

Thank you as always.
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Hello Everyone,

I hope this message finds you well and in good health. It has been a little time since we have updated you on Steve's progress and we wanted to send a quick update. Steve continues his rehabilitation at Spaulding in Charlestown, and while making progress, it is slow. He still is unable to communicate via speech, but will be starting to work with communication devices to help him. His right side continues to see great progress, but the left side is still a struggle. Although we still know time is going to be everything, the recovery process is very slow. So I write to you today for help. Your generosity of finances has been truly amazing, but now we need the gift of words. As you can imagine, if you know Steve, what he is going through right now is his nightmare. His inability to talk, get up and work, and get on his feet has been stripped from him these past few months and he needs some words of encouragement. I really encourage you to go and visit Steve as often as you can, but if you can't make it, I suggest dropping a card in the mail telling him you are thinking of him. Just a few words of encouragement will go a long way and right now they are needed. If you would be so kind, please send cards to:

Steve Kennealy
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
300 1st Avenue- Room 703
Charlestown, MA. 02129

Thank you all as always.

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Good Morning Everyone! We have another quick update for your as Steve is on the move into a new location.

He has been transferred to Spaulding in Charlestown, which is located at 300 1st Ave, Charlestown, MA 02129.

Steve has his own room now as well! He is in room 703 and visiting hours are pretty flexible, but typically ends around 8pm.

Thank you so much and we appreciate your continued support.
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Good Morning Everyone! We just wanted to give a quick update on where Steve is during his road to recovery. It has been a long 3 months and the support from the community has continuously been overwhelming. As last updated, Steve was awake an coherent to his surroundings with some minimal movement on his right side. While he still has a long road ahead, we are happy to report that he continues to progress every single day. We had some extremely encouraging news from a Doctor specializing in prognostic imaging and recovery at Mass General. Knowing the severity of the injury and only looking at paperwork to understand Steve's injury, he was extremely encouraged/surprised meeting Steve and the progress he has made to date. He mentioned he has a lot of cognitive reserve (knowledge in his head) and while it is a scattered substantial injury, he has already made significant progress and feels he will continue to make progress. While he can't predict a full recovery, he expects to see continued progress. He also emphasized it is VERY early still in the recovery process and he needs continued time for rehab and healing, but again EXTREMELY encouraged.

As you can read this is all good news and we need to continue to think about Steve in one way or another because we know it is working. Anyone that knows Steve well knows he does not like to sit still...at all. You can imagine this is going to be a tough time for him while he goes through this, so please continue to visit and let him know how much we are all pulling for him and thinking about him. As a fish once said "just keep swimming. "

We are all very encouraged by the news and again all of the continued support. Thank you all so much again and lets all help get Steve back to 100%.

Best Regards,

Kris
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Created November 25, 2017
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