Announcing our GoFundMe campaign

Over the years, Kevin and our family have cherished seeing everyone at the great fundraising events held by Kevin’s supporters. Unfortunately, with the pandemic, we have not been able to see each other at these events, which is something we truly miss. We hope to be able to see everyone when it is safer to hold large events again.

Of course, while the events have stopped, the costs for Kevin’s care have not. We are launching a GoFundMe campaign with an ambitious goal — paying for a year of Kevin’s care not covered by insurance, which typically costs more than $30,000.

We also hope to shine a light on the importance of caregivers to individuals living with disabilities. As a quadriplegic, Kevin relies on nurses and aides to take care of basic needs, like getting in and out of bed, bathing and dressing, and helping meet his medical needs.

By contributing, you can play a huge part – not only for Kevin, but also for Kevin’s dad, Joe, and the rest of the Neary family. Joe is Kevin’s primary caregiver. While Joe has a lot of energy, every caregiver needs support and rest.

Contributions also help cover Kevin’s non-medical costs that help him live more independently, including transportation, supplies, and other needs.

Please help us spread the word by sharing with your friends, family, and others who you think might want to support Kevin.

Click here to contribute.

Note: Funds raised are NOT tax-deductible. Funds will go to Kevin’s Special Needs Trust.

Late summer update from Kevin

Happy summer to all and I hope this message finds everyone in good spirits.

One of my goals starting this summer is to update the website more often detailing some of what has been going on in my world. Hopefully it will provide some insight into my life that will prove valuable for those who are interested in knowing how things are with me. Also, I encourage everyone to comment and reach out with your feedback.

Many of you have asked about whether or not we have any upcoming events. We are targeting an event in the early spring. Please stay tuned for details and if anyone has any recommendations, please feel free to send me a note. I can always be reached by email at nearyk@gmail.com.

Related to visitors, I am still open to receiving company. I am grateful to all that feel comfortable enough to spend some of their time with me and I also understand if there are concerns about the current situation of healthcare in our modern society.

In closing, thank you all for showing an interest in my health and well-being. I am incredibly blessed to have so many people that care. It is certainly appreciated and something which I am fortunate to have. Best wishes to all and I hope you enjoy the rest of the summer.

Update from Kevin!

To my friends and family,

First of all, thank you so much for your support during the last year and a half as we all faced challenges staying in touch and remaining healthy combating COVID. My heart goes out to everyone who lost a close one or struggled fighting the virus themselves.

Many of you have asked about my health considering my at risk status as someone with a compromised respiratory system. Fortunately, I am able to say that I remain healthy. I thank my caregivers for masking procedures and social distancing when necessary for helping reduce my risk of infection. I have also received the vaccine without experiencing any complications or side effects. As with any of you, I was forced to curtail many of the activities that I had become accustomed to doing. However, now that things have started to open up, and more opportunities present themselves to do more activities, I realize that we are not completely out of the woods from fighting the pandemic.

Although it has been a challenging year, it has also been eventful. My brother Chris and his wife Lindsey welcomed my nephew, Logan, into the world in January. I have been able to meet him and see my nephews Joseph and William, as well as my brother JP and my sister-in-law Olivia. It has been a pleasure to see these three Neary boys grow. We have been able to stay in touch thanks to video chat.

So far this summer, I have had the opportunity to attend some Phillies games and enjoy dining at local restaurants. I welcome the chance to do more of these and other outings while the warm weather is here. Whether it be a local park or the deck at my house, maybe we can grab a sandwich and meet outdoors or utilize the grill here at the house.

I am hoping to see as many of you as I can over these coming months. Feel free to give me a call or shoot me a text message to set up a time to hang out.

Kevin

Thanks for a great FOKN axe outing!

Thank you everyone who participated in yesterday’s Let’s Throw Some FOKN Hatchets! Hopefully not too many of you are sore today. We had a great time seeing old friends and meeting new ones too. From the Neary Family and Friends reunion in the lower arenas, Chopper’s Hatchet House regulars who signed up, and the mini-commercial office party in the upper arenas, it was a lot of fun. Hearing the random loud cheers coming from nine arenas was really great.
We are extremely grateful for all the work that Dan Dvorak did to organize the event. We hope that his daughter, Jenna, had a great birthday!
As we highlighted yesterday, we wanted to send a special thank you to Leon Ariyan, Kevin’s former employer from some 14 years ago who paid the  $2,000 event balance. A thank you as well to our event sponsors:
 
FOKN Kick Axe Sponsors
  • Valcourt Building Services & John Schiavello
  • The Dvorak Family
  • Joe Neary
Lane Sponsors
  • James Brackenrig
  • The Schwalb Family who sponsored 4 Lanes
And of course thank you to all of you who registered, participated, and made a Chance Basket or general donation. We had 108 attendees, 18 teams, 92 players and collectively, who combined to raise $9,500.00 for Kevin’s ongoing care. 8m1gWdyMRliigpq9O48i1Q

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A message from Kevin on next Saturday’s event!

Hello to all and happy new year!

Most of you are aware of our upcoming event, axe throwing, scheduled for this upcoming Saturday, January 11. There is good news – there are still team and individual openings in the event you are looking to participate! A special thank you goes to Daniel Dvorak for all he has done to organize, promote, and execute the event.

As mentioned, there is still an opportunity for you to participate in multiple ways. You can sign up, sponsor, or feel free to donate a door prize. For those of you who utilize social media, please consider sharing the event with your friends and family.

Also, for those who have already registered, this is a reminder that you need to sign the waiver in order to participate. Please let me know if you need additional information.

Thanks again for your interest in our upcoming event and the various ways you continue to assist me. Everything is greatly appreciated.

Please note that you need to be registered to participate in the event.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lets-throw-some-fokn-hatchets-registration-75789609763

Giving thanks – and a hatchet reminder!

Happy Thanksgiving! We wanted to extend our family’s thanks to all of you for your ongoing cheer and support. 

As we enter the holiday season in earnest, an easy gift suggestion…no wrapping needed!

Consider joining the fun on January 11, at FOKN Hatchets! 

Bring family and friends!

You can register at the link below. Many have expressed their interest in attending. Now is the time to sign up!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lets-throw-some-fokn-hatchets-registration-75789609763

Our thanks to Dan Dvorak for all of his work putting this great event together.

All good wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season!

Let’s throw some FOKN Hatchets!

Please join us for our first fundraising event in 2020 as we ring in the new year with a fun event hosted by Friends of Kevin Neary!

On January 11, 2020, from 11:00 – 2:30, we will be headed to Chopper’s Hatchet House – Axe Throwing in Cherry Hill, NJ. Those who have thrown before already know it’s a fun time. If you have not tried it yet, what better way to get your first experience and help raise funds for helping with Kevin’s care? Chopper’s HH is great venue with 13,000 SF and 12 throwing lanes with 2 targets in each lane.

Registration will be opening shortly. Single player registration will be $60 and team and sponsorship levels from $300 – $1,000. Interested in helping? Please contact Dan Dvorak at DJDVORAK@HOTMAIL.COM or Kevin Neary  at NEARYK@GMAIL.COM if you can help with the following:

  • Donations
  • Sponsorship Opportunities
  • Volunteer at the Event

The proceeds will go to help provide for Kevin’s care. Please note that contributions to the Kevin Neary Trust are not tax deductible.

Thank you for following Kevin! Please look out for registration opening soon and start reaching out to your family and friends to get a team together.

Save the Date!

Saturday January 11, 2020

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Kevin, Mac, and Chase

Some of you may have seen Kevin on the big screen at Citizens Park last Friday with Chase Utley and Rob McElhenney from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. We wanted to share the backstory. And, most importantly, Kevin wanted to thank his friend Rob for arranging a really special day. Read on to hear the story.

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On Friday, June 21st, the Philadelphia Phillies held a retirement ceremony for Chase Utley, one of its most popular players in its long history. In front of family, friends, and a sellout crowd of fans, Utley delivered a well-received address to those gathered at Citizens Bank Park where he played the majority of his professional career. As part of the pregame ceremony, Utley threw out the ceremonial first pitch to his friend Rob McElhenney, star and creator of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, fulfilling the character Mac’s dream of having a catch with the Philadelphia Phillies star.

One of those in attendance was Kevin – thanks to Rob. Soon after Kevin’s injury, he  became connected with Rob. He developed a friendship with the TV star that, despite the geographical difference between Philadelphia and Los Angeles, would stay intact through text message and the occasional visit while filming in the city of Philadelphia.

Months before Utley’s retirement ceremony last Friday evening, in one of this text conversations, Rob asked Kevin if he wanted to catch a baseball game when he was going to be in town. Kevin gladly accepted. Rob facilitated the process of acquiring tickets and situated Kevin in a Hall of Fame level suite next to his and Chase Utley’s. Later on that evening, the two of them connected and Kevin was introduced to the evening’s honoree. The three of them had the opportunity to converse and Kevin was presented with the baseball used for the first pitch which Utley delivered to Rob earlier that evening. During the conversation, the three of them appeared on the Jumbotron where the entire crowd could see.

In addition to texting back and forth and maintaining his relationship with Kevin, McElhenney continuously donated It’s Always Sunny themed items towards the charitable events designed to offset the cost of Kevin’s medical care. The evening of June 21st provided Rob and Kevin the opportunity to get together in a more casual setting to share in Kevin’s favorite sport and their mutual favorite team. When Rob entered the suite he situated Kevin in, he brought his friend Chase Utley to introduce the star to Kevin. He and Utley presented Kevin with the ball that was used as the ceremonial first pitch, autographed by the two of them.

Kaitlin Olson, costar in the series and Rob’s wife, was also in attendance.

Kevin has been ”honored and humbled” by the friendship that McElhenney has shown him since the two of them have become friends over the last 7 ½ years. When asked about the relationship, Kevin states, “Rob has amazed me with his ability to bring joy to my life and make me feel like a valued friend. Never would I have thought that I would be able to text a message to a busy television star and receive a message back within a few minutes.”

We want to thank Rob and Chase for their kindness and hospitality. It was a night Kevin will never forget.

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Kevin with former Phillies GMs Pat Gillick and Ruben Amaro, Jr.

 

 

Thanks for a great Bingo success!

A note of thanks to everyone who helped make the recent bingo fundraiser held in Upper Chichester’s fieldhouse on March 2nd an overwhelming success, raising over $15,000 for Kevin’s care! Well over 250 people attended the event, and the combination of bingo, raffles, and 50/50 drawing all contributed to the total raised. A great evening was capped by a 50/50 drawing where the winner’s share was over $1,300.00. Kevin and our family are incredibly fortunate to have so many who continue to support us, and we are thankful for the support of everyone who assisted, attended, or in anyway contributed to the evening.

Of course, the most gratitude goes to the people that coordinated the event, Joan Morrison and her crew of volunteers who set up tables, ran the kitchen, shopped for the prizes, solicited donations, called the games, checked the winner’s cards, and all the other details that made the evening run so smoothly. The sheer number of local businesses that contributed and old friends who did likewise was truly gratifying.

Thanks to all who had a hand in making the evening so enjoyable and successful, and thanks to all from Kevin for attending and and stopping by to say hello.