$89K raised for man with rare strep throat condition


3 THE OUTPOURING OF SUPPORT HAS BEEN EXTRAORDINARY FOR A WEST MICHIGAN MAN BATTLING WHAT’S ALMOST AN UNHEARD OF MEDICAL CONDITION. 3 3 WE FIRST TOLD YOU ABOUT KEVIN BREEN FROM ALTO EARLIER THIS WEEK… AFTER A RARE CASE OF STREP THROAT NEARLY KILLED HIM, AND WILL NOW FORCE HIM TO HAVE HIS HANDS AND FEET AMPUTATED.NEW AT 6 — 24 HOUR NEWS 8’S EVAN DEAN TALKED WITH HIM FOLLOWING HIS FIRST SURGERY. 3 BRIAN AND SUE…YOU PROBABLY HEARD THE SAYING A MILLION TIMES — ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING. WHEN YOU MEET THIS FAMILY — AND LEARN ABOUT ALL THEY’VE BEEN THROUGH — YOU TRULY SEE WHY. 3 SOMEHOW, DESPITE THIS… THIS… AND WEEKS OF THIS… KEVIN BREEN STILL MANAGES TO HAVE… (LAUGHS AT 18:37 OR 22:36) …THIS….A SMILE SHARED JUST TWO DAYS AFTER HIS FIRST SURGERY… THE FIRST OF MANY…KEVIN 05:49 “IT IS A TRAGEDY… BUT WE’VE REMAINED POSITIVE.”JULIE BREENKEVIN’S WIFEJULIE 09:35 “GOD COULD’VE TAKEN HIM. AND HE DIDN’T. WE WERE TO THAT POINT. AND HE’S HERE FOR A REASON.”IT’S THAT ATTITUDE IN THE FACE OF ADVERSARY THAT’S PERHAPS THE BIGGEST REASON WHY KEVIN’S STORY HAS SPREAD SO FAR…IN THE DAYS SINCE WE FIRST AIRED IT — THEY’VE GOTTEN CALLS… MESSAGES… EMAILS… SUPPORT FROM ALL OVER…JULIE 12:40 “THE MESSAGES THAT PEOPLE WRITE AND JUST READING THEM, I GET TEARED UP SOMETIMES.”KEVIN BREEN STREP THROAT ALMOST KILLED HIMKEVIN 13:09 “WE’VE GOTTEN SOME MESSAGES FROM PEOPLE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE POND. AND IT’S JUST WILD TO SEE HOW SOMEHOW THEY CONNECTED WITH US.”IT’S A CONNECTION THAT’S ALSO HELPED THE FAMILY FACING MOUNTING MEDICAL BILLS AND UNKNOWN FUTURE COSTS…A PHYSICAL THERAPIST SET UP A GOFUNDME PAGE LAST MONTH TO HELP.A WEEK AGO — THE GOAL WAS SET FOR 20-GRAND.IT’S NOW PASSED 89-THOUSAND DOLLARS.JULIE 17:05 “OUR FRIENDS, OUR FAMILY. COMPLETE STRANGERS. IT’S JUST AMAZING.”KEVIN 12:18 “VERY HUMBLING. ABSOLUTELY.”IN THE SHORT TERM, KEVIN FACES SEVERAL SURGERIES… BUT NO SUPRISE — HE’S ALREADY LOOKING AHEAD. THE AVID WATERSKIER’S LONG-TERM GOAL IS TO HIT THE LAKE YET AGAIN.WITH THAT ATTITUDE — WE WOULDN’T BET AGAINST IT. KEVIN 14:02 “I WOULD LIKE TO SAY I áWILL GO SKIING AGAIN. BARRING SOMETHING PRETTY MAJOR I WILL FIGURE IT OUT AND WILL GO SKIING AGAIN ABSOLUTELY.” 3 IT ISN’T HARD FOR KEVIN TO FIND MOTIVATION FOR THE ROAD AHEAD…THE BIG THREE — HIS WIFE — HIS KIDS — AND HIS FAITH. 3 3 3

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