Keeping Kev

For: Kevin Block
Organizer: Team Keeping Kev
$82,220
of $200,000 goal
41% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

In June of 2013, Kevin Block, 56, was diagnosed with stage 4 non-hodgkin's lymphoma. This fun loving, self-employed husband and father of two saw his life drastically change.

Since diagnosis, Kevin has endured countless attempts at various chemotherapies without any success. Not so long ago, the family received devastating news that there is no cure for Kevin in Canada. 

Kevin's illness left him unable to work, and as a result he lost his business... a substantial source of family income. 

The family is in dire need of URGENT financial help in order for Kevin to be able to participate in a clinical medical trial only available from the USA. This trial is not covered by insurance and therefore our only hope is private donations. This medication is needed immediately and is VERY costly. This is Kevin’s ONLY chance of survival. The family is desperate and pleading for help.

Please share this page with your family and friends and visit and LIKE our Keeping Kev Facebook page, follow us on Instagram and Twitter (keepingkev) and help spread the word #keepingkev

View our infographic at http://bit.ly/keepingkev to learn more about Kevin's journey and his hope for survival

For addtional donation methods, visit the Scotiabank at 7700 Bathurst St. (Bathurst & Centre) and donate to “The Kevin Block Trust Fund” OR send an Interac e-transfer to keepingkev@gmail.com 

Unfortunately, because Keeping Kev is not an official charitble fundraiser and does not have an EIN Tax ID #, we are unable to provide tax-deductible receipts. We apologize and hope you understand. 

From the bottom of their hearts, the Block family thank you for your ongoing support,

- Team Keeping Kev 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 22, 2014 by Team Keeping Kev
It is with unbearable sadness and loss that we write this update. Thursday night Kevin's condition unexpectedly deteriorated rapidly. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his beloved family and closest friends last night. We want to thank everybody for their love, support and unbelievable generosity in the hope of Keeping Kev. Nadine and Jamie feel very strongly in making a substantial gift toSunnybrook Hospital in Kevin's memory. Thank you for enabling us to make this possible. The funeral will be taking place tomorrow. Please check the Steeles Memorial Chapel website after 9:30pm tonight for funeral details. Every single one of you touched our hearts and helped keep Kev hopeful and positive throughout this journey. 
Love, 
The Block family

Posted on March 12, 2014 by Team Keeping Kev
This week we have had some inspirational fundraising initiatives that really touched our hearts. The TanenbaumCHAT Kimel Centre Grade 12 mock trial team won first place in the York Region Judges' Cup Competition and were awarded $600. They graciously donated their winnings to Keeping Kev. Additionally, the Thornhill Rockies Running Club had their annual race for their members. Each year they donate to a worthy charity; this year they chose Keeping Kev and raised a sum of $1600. We are so appreciative of everyone's contributions. 

A month and a half after launching Keeping Kev, we have raised $107,458! Totally amazing! Let's KEEP it up!!!

Check out our Facebook page, Keeping Kev for additional updates. 

Posted on March 1, 2014 by Team Keeping Kev
We are very happy to announce that we have reached the 50% mark with a total of $100,516!!! We are so excited that we are half way to our goal of $200,000. Our fundriaisng committee is very busy organizing some awesome upcoming events for Keeping Kev. Stay tuned for more details!
As always, the Block family thank you for your ongoing support.

Posted on February 23, 2014 by Team Keeping Kev
This week we have been able to raise an additional $11,800, with a grand total of $96,000! Thank you to all our supporters who have not only been contributing through our donation page but also directly to our trust fund. A shoutout to our global community for their generous contributions. 

As the medication costs $12,500 per month, we are now able to have coverage for 7.5 months! Besides a few side effects, Kevin looks well and feels healthy, strong, and optimistic.

Posted on February 14, 2014 by Team Keeping Kev
End of Week Update: Kev is doing really well, feeling strong, and his love for food has returned! To date, we have raised $84,119 which equals to 6.5 months worth of medication! We are continously humbled by everyone's generosity. 

"The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention" - Oscar Wilde

Posted on February 8, 2014 by Team Keeping Kev
Weekend Update: Happy Weekend! Kevin met with his Oncologist and received positive feedback! The medication is taking affect and working well so far! There have been significant changes in blood counts and markers of Lymphoma. Kevin is already starting to feel much stronger! Thanks to all our supporters for being there with us through this journey. 

Fundraising Update: It has been exactly two weeks since we launched Keeping Kev and we have raised $71,371! Unbelievable! Let's KEEP moving towards our goal! We can't thank everybody enough! #keepingkev

Posted on February 2, 2014 by Team Keeping Kev
Weekend Update: We are ecstatic to announce that we have raised $61,034 so far!! Inch by inch and day by day we are making our way to our goal of $200,000 and that is all thanks to our amazing supporters. Do we ever feel the love!#keepingkev #love #support #generosity

Posted on January 30, 2014 by Team Keeping Kev
The bake sale at OISE today was a huge success! We raised $927.10 in just a matter of hours! Thanks to the Year 2 Primary/Junior students for organizing such an amazing event! You truly touched all the hearts of the Block family and Kevin personally sends out a MASSIVE thank you!#keepingkev #letskeepitup!

Posted on January 29, 2014 by Team Keeping Kev
Fundraising Update: As of this morning we have raised $43,500!!! Truly unbelievable! KEEP it up! #keepingkev!


Posted on January 28, 2014 by Team Keeping Kev
A huge thank you to everyone for all the wonderful contributions so far. Because of all the generous donations we have been able to put in an order for the first month’s supply of the trial drug for Kevin! We still have many more months to go so please keep spreading the word and donating to #keepingkev! We are hopeful and positive and are sending a heartfelt thank you from the Block family and the whole Keeping Kev Team.

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