Let's do it for Kev!

For: Kevin Darner
Martinez, CA
Organizer: Susanne Darner
$7,010
of $20,000 goal.
Raised by 67 donors
35% Complete
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The Story

Kevin is a 37 year-old father of three, who is famous for his goofy humor, delicious cooking, devotion to his family, and helping others when they need it most. 

Now he needs you.

Kevin looked fine, but he didn't feel well one Sunday in March. His wife Susie took him and their 6-year-old twins to the ER for what they thought would be a quick stop on their way to dinner. Then they tested his blood. The diagnosis: chronic myeloid leukemia. He had been sick for years and never realized that the weight loss, low energy, inability to fight off infections and other symptoms weren't just a normal part of getting old as he would sometimes joke with his friends over a beer. He was sick. Really sick. And the only way he will live is if he can find a match.

He is the glue that holds his family together. He gave up his career to be a stay-at-home dad when Cole and Kaylee were born and performed all the difficult (and often thankless) jobs of changing diapers, marketing, cleaning, cooking and raising two helpless little humans to be awesome people. He taught them how to take care of the family's animals and plant and harvest fruits and veggies in their backyard. He taught them to cook, read and ride bikes. He taught them to be honest, kind and helpful. He taught them that everyone has a job to do and once they were old enough for school he re-entered the workforce at a local brewery.

When he isn't spending time with the twins or his 13-year-old daughter, Keara, he likes staying close to home. He and his wife, Susie, who he calls his "soulmate" aren't wealthy. They don't go out to expensive dinners, go on vacations, or even go on dates much (babysitters are expensive you know), but they are rich with love.


They met eleven years ago at a mutual friend's birthday party, bonding over spicy tacos and loud electronica music. They fell in love quickly and completely and married 3 years later. She was mesmerized by his sparkling blue eyes and compelling combination of strength and tenderness. He spoils their dogs (he likes to feed Timber and Barley from the table when he thinks no one is looking) and he spoils her, frequently surprising her with flowers and hidden notes to brighten her day. They make each other laugh and have plans to grow old and gray together.

Kevin has so much more life ahead of him and his family needs him. This year it's Lego projects, dance recitals, and giving advice about dating teenage boys. In decades to come this will be graduations, weddings and births.  Please give him a chance to fully live his life. It's too soon and he has so much more to give.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 30, 2017

Posted on March 30, 2017

Our website is now live - please check it out to leave us messages, share photos, or look at other ways to get involved.
www.letsdoitforkev.com

Posted on March 26, 2017

Posted on March 26, 2017

Thanks to the hard work of Liz Silvermaster, the website is now LIVE!

www.letsdoitforkev.com

Posted on March 23, 2017

Posted on March 23, 2017

Please remember to click the link to get your free at home "Be The Match" swab kit in Kev's honor and join the registry!
http://join.bethematch.org/doitforkev

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