Help us raise money to find a cure for ALS!
|Event:||Hampton Roads Walk|
|Date:||Saturday, October 24, 2020 10:00am|
The #Qcrew from Q Master Billiards needs your help. Our dear friend Dennis Kenney's Brother Jay Kenney was diagnosed with ALS in March of 2019. We welcome anyone to walk with us on May 16th, 2020 to support Jay and the battle against this incurable decease. If you are unable to make it to the walk that's o.k. you can make a online donation in honor of Jay. We have set a goal of $2,500, but are hoping to far exceed that with everyone's help! No donation is to little. Every dollar counts. Below is a summary of how Jay has not only served his country but how he has changed thousands of lives and always stood up for what he believes in. So lets stand together to support him and his battle with ALS.
John J. Kenney served in the military during the Vietnam-Era from September 1972 to December 1974. Following Boot Camp at Fort Dix, New Jersey, “Jay” was assigned to the U.S. Army Agency for Aviation Safety (USAAVS) at Fort Rucker, Alabama, as a Research Psychologist. He spent the next two years conducting research in human-factors engineering focusing on ways to improve rotary wing aircraft (helicopter) and pilot safety. He was also active in the Catholic Youth Organization and the Special Olympics for Army dependents and the local community. Kenney recollected his first memories of the Vietnam War as a middle school student growing up in Rhode Island. At that time, he supported the war because “it was the American thing to do.” While in high school his views began to change as he started to “study more, read more, learn more and hear different opinions.” By this time, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. had delivered his seminal speech condemning the war as immoral and the Catholic Bishops had also publicly decried the war as unjust. While attending Southern Illinois University on a gymnastics’ scholarship, he was deeply influenced by the writings of the Trappist monk Thomas Merton as well as the anti-war activists, brother-priests Daniel and Phillip Berrigan. He also traveled to India to study Hinduism and Buddhism with the plan to attend graduate school there. In August 1972, a couple of months after graduating from Southern Illinois University with a B.A. degree in Psychology, while working as a camp counselor for individuals with developmental disabilities, he received his draft notice. He reported to the draft board to fill out a questionnaire. When he reached the question asking him if he would ever find difficulty in obeying a superior officer’s command, he responded with an essay explaining how he believed this war was immoral and how he could not, in good conscience, participate. Kenney’s opposition to the war led to hours of being interviewed by psychologists and intelligence officers. After the military interview he decided he would take the oath to serve and boarded the bus along with many other newly drafted men to Fort Dix, New Jersey for Boot Camp. Upon returning to civilian life, Kenney joined the Missionary Society of St. Paul (“The Paulist Fathers”) to study for the Catholic priesthood. He earned his M.A. in Theology from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. He decided not to be ordained and went on to earn an MSW and PhD in Social Work from Catholic University, as well as an MBA at Southeastern University. He worked for Montgomery County Government for nearly 30 years, serving for 25 years as Chief, Aging and Disability Services in the Department of Health and Human Services. Retiring from Montgomery County in September 2018, he served as Chief Operating Officer for The Jewish Social Services Agency until December 2019. Kenney currently resides in Rockville with his wife Nancie and is the proud father of two children, Aidan and Brigit.
Thank you for helping us reach our fundraising goal! Together we can make a difference in the lives of those affected by ALS. Our team is committed to raising money to support people in our community with ALS and spread awareness of the urgency to find treatments and a cure. Please consider joining our team in the Walk to Defeat ALS® or choose a team member from the list and donate to our cause.
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
Every 90 minutes a person in this country is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes another person will lose their battle against this disease. ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries.
That’s why we’re participating in the Walk to Defeat ALS. To bring hope. To raise awareness. To provide resources and services to families free of charge. To help unlock the mystery of ALS and find the key to treatments a cure. Will you join us?
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. The life expectancy of a person with ALS averages 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis.
ALS can strike anyone. Presently there is no known cause of the disease, yet it still costs loved ones an average of $250,000 a year to provide the care people living with ALS and their families need. Join the movement to provide help and hope today!