In today’s post, regular contributor Denise Neary shares a personal family tragedy with Midtown Review.  Please join me in supporting her family in this terrible time.

Friends of Kevin Neary

Do you ever read a good book, and think “really interesting, exciting, but so not like my own life?  Me, too.

No more.

On the morning of November 15, my 29 year old nephew Kevin was shot in the neck in a botched robbery attempt.   The bullet severed his spinal cord; he is quadriplegic, and he relies on a ventilator to breathe.

So much for the fabled dramatic moment when everything changes.

I am “only” an aunt, and it is heartbreaking.  I don’t pretend to know how this feels for Kevin and his immediate family.

But as is almost always true with the unspeakably sad, there are lovely things, too.  I write to point readers to some great writing. Here is the webpage Kevin’s brothers JP and Chris developed to keep Kevin’s legion of friends up to date on Kevin’s rehabilitation, on fundraising efforts, on visiting hours, on the related criminal case:

Take a look at it, and I think you will understand how proud I am of Kevin and his family.   Faced with horrible, they have chosen to do the best they can to make their new lives work for them.  They opt to thank the detectives, the medical team, the friends and family who are doing so much to help Kevin.

They have been overwhelmed by the generous response of strangers who have read the site.

So I post this on Midtown Review, to suggest some good reading about a story that feels like being in a scary novel, hoping that someone reading might know of an avenue we don’t know to pursue.  You never know.

Thanks in advance for your support.

— Denise Neary, Regular Contributor