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Steve Kennealy Fund

$78,516 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 392 people in 2 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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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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Hi Everyone!

We are going to keep 2018 going with some more good news. The last email I wrote we talked about a coma scale, which goes as high as 23. Steve is currently at a 19, which means has has officially "emerged." He has to hit this score a few more times before being official, but all signs point to it!

One other item to report. Steve is just wayyy too popular and Spaulding has asked us to somewhat limit visits. When I say limit visits, it is more if you go as a group just try not to overwhelm the room so much. We definitely want people to still come and interact, but we do have one specific request. If you happen to be in the room and Steve is sleeping, please let him sleep. It is his body recovering from all the rehab he has been doing. The less time his body has to recover, the longer rehab will take him.

Finally, Cindy and the family put a red journal by the bulletin board. Feel free to put the date you visited with a little note in it. We want Steve to see how many people have visited him and for him to have something to look back on.

No one could have done all of this without all of your support. There will never be enough words to say thank you, but for starters thank you :). Keep the prayers and well wishes coming and lets continue on this positive path to recovery.

- Kris
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Good Afternoon Everyone,

I hope you all are well. We just wanted to give a quick update on Steve and where we stand. Over the last 10 days or so Steve has made some incredible progress and is moving up the chart on the coma scale. He has woken up and is starting to process his surroundings a bit more. He can open his eyes, visually track, but we do think he is still seeing double. He does know who he is and who the people are that surround him. He has been giving the family hugs :) and his sense of humor has certainly not left by flipping off his friends! He has some very good arm movement on his right side, but a little less on the left. Overall he is taking steps in the right direction, and as we expected, now that he is awake he keeps getting stronger every day. As always thank you for your continued prayers and support. Please go visit him at Spaulding in Cambridge if you can. Every interaction helps. Visiting times start at 11am.
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Good morning everyone and Happy Holidays to all of you. First, thank you as always for your continued support and contributions. We hit our original goal of $75,000, which we can't thank all of you enough. We have had over 16,000 people visit this site, 900 people share on facebook, and the list goes on. To say the least Steve is a loved man and we couldn't get to this point without all of our support.

So a little update on our friend Steve. He is at Spaulding in Cambridge as most of your know already. Visiting hours are 11-8 and he is in room 423. Again visits ARE encouraged. I have had so many reach out and feel like they will be a burden if they go, but it is quite the opposite. Steve's daily routine right now is daily physical therapy and OT, speech, and of course music therapy. He has been keeping his eyes open for longer periods of time, but we are unsure if he is able to track or understand what is going on. We definitely like to believe he is, but it is still rather uncertain. On top of that he has had some involuntary movement with his arms. It is not purposeful, but any movement is a step in the right direction.

It has been a little over a month now and I must continue to remind everyone we were told from day one he could be in this position for 2-3 months. He continues to make steps in the right direction, which is GREAT. Please keep all the prayers and positive energy coming. Steve will come out of this. Again thank you all sooooo much for your support.

- Kris
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