To our beloved family and friends,
As most of you likely know by now, on Monday, March 13th, the Sinnes family was thrown a curve ball the likes of which we’ve never seen before, nor ever expected could cross our home plate. What started as some routine abdominal pains for Keri quickly progressed to something much more severe…ultimately leading to a rush to the ICU and the eventual emergency removal of her bowel. In the blink of an eye, normal life for us as we knew it changed dramatically. It has been a whirlwind month…to say the least. However, just as she has done with every other challenge with which she has faced, Keri has shown the consummate level of resilience, defying odds that virtually no one else could overcome. Despite multiple major surgeries and medical procedures, Keri stands strong (#KeriStrong) and ready to keep fighting. She has so much to live for!
Over the last several weeks, thanks to your prayers, an incredible care team at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden, NJ, and, most importantly, her own indomitable courage and strength, Keri has been resting in a private room at University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. As she regains her stamina and achieves a level of readiness that will soon allow her to come home, she will have another major surgery in a few months’ time (likely sometime in June. That future procedure will likely be performed via a care team through U-Penn together with either Mt. Sinai in New York or Georgetown in Washington DC – time will tell on that. At this point, we don’t know all of the specifics…nor will we for weeks to come. Right now, Keri’s main focus is gaining the strength to come home – where, I think we’ll all agree, Keri belongs!
For now, what I can tell you, with absolute certainty, is that Keri is in the absolute best hands. God has been watching over her – over all of us – and, throughout all of these events, Keri’s spirit and faith hasn’t wavered in the least. She is coming through this, and she will soon be back home in Haddonfield! Just as Keri’s positivity and will to power through this setback has flourished, so too has the outpouring of emotion and support from all of YOU – our families and friends. It’s funny how sometimes it takes a scare such as this for one to realize just how vital someone is to your life. I will never again, for a single second, underestimate the degree to which Keri is the most important thing in my life. Similarly, as a family, we will never again take for granted how fortunate we are to have all of YOU in our lives.
Over the past weeks, your outpouring of support and love for Keri and our family has been truly overwhelming. That’s an understatement, actually. From every facet of our lives – childhood, high school, college, and various points in life after that - the empathy and the desire to help has been through the roof, and we are humbled and grateful beyond words. The words “how can we help?” have come from every angle, and, truthfully, for the longest time, I have been at a loss for ideas, or even words, regarding how best to answer. The last month has been both the longest and quickest period of our lives…
The next 3-6 months, and perhaps longer, hold many “unknowns” for us. While we are so blessed with the family and the friends that we have, we are clearly going to have a series of expenses – both medical and homecare-related – that were obviously unforeseen prior to this point.
This site has been set-up through the urging of so many of you who keep inquiring and insisting that you want to “do something”. On behalf of Keri, Michael, Avery, Max, Murph, and myself, please know that anything that you give will go toward medical expenses or things that we will need to set up to ensure that the kids and Murph may be cared for as Keri would want, while she recuperates and we get back to our routine before this all happened. Anything that may be left in reserve, please rest assured that this amount will be donated to Our Lady of Lourdes and U-Penn hospital, on behalf of all of you.
On behalf of Keri, Michael, Avery, Max, Murph, and myself, please know that anything that you give will go toward medical expenses or things that we will need to set up to ensure that the kids and Murph may be cared for as Keri would want, while she recuperates and is ready to be home. I know that we will soon get “back to normal” again, even if our “normal” is different from what it was before. We may never be able to repay the kindness and care that so many have shown us through this challenging time. We are truly staggered by the surge of love and support that has come our way through this entire encounter, and I, for one, am convinced that the power of your devotion to Keri’s recovery is largely responsible for how quickly she is achieving it.
For all that you’ve already done, and for anything further that you may consider by way of supporting us through this fund, we love you and, truly, we cannot thank you enough.
All our very best,
Keri, David, Michael, Avery, Max, and Murph