David Kennedy: My Story
I don’t have the typical story that most agency owners tell about how they entered the home care field due to taking care of a loved one who wanted to remain in their home. Sure I volunteered with older adults throughout college and due to my love of history choosing this field was almost a selfish endeavor as the lives of our clients and their stories provided me more value than I can explain. However, my story starts with my family – in particular my mom who I longed to emulate for her tireless amount of love for both her family and everyone she encountered.
I’ve always wanted to care for people. I wanted to do something with my life that made a significant, positive difference in the lives of those around me. I decided sometime during high school that studying medicine would be the logical career path for my ambitions. Upon entering the University of Michigan, my sights were set on getting the necessary prerequisites completed to pursue medical school following undergraduate studies. I was on my way to a career that would allow me to treat people’s physical needs, however, my plans would soon change.
During my sophomore year of college my mom, the bedrock of our family, was diagnosed with stage-4 lung cancer. She was given only months to live and there was nothing that I could do. How could we possibly prepare to lose our beloved vibrant, caring, selfless mother. We braced ourselves for what we knew would be a painful eventuality.
Events like this change your perspective. Every moment was precious. I tried my best to spend every spare moment with her. She was constantly surrounded by the love of our dad and the 9 of us kids. So, while her physical strength was waning, she had a reason to live. Her emotional, mental, and spiritual strength was strong as she was covered in love. This, combined with the wonderful cancer treatment she received, allowed her to defy the odds and fight for 5 years.
A New PerspectiveThe death of my mom stirred a new passion in me. I wanted to enrich lives by creating new connections between people and create solutions to improve someone’s entire life not just through limited interactions with patients as a physician. My mom’s selflessness was the driving force behind creating Kennedy Care and I hope that she would be proud of her legacy. She gravitated towards those who were broken and most in need in her community. She would then make it a personal mission to improve their lives and show them God’s love here on earth.
Most people facing a chronic illness don’t have 9 kids and a husband able to take time off work and commit themselves to being by their bedside. They do, however, deserve to be loved and cared for at this painful time of their lives. The passion behind Kennedy Care is to extend the care of a family, honor the lives of those we serve, and ensure that no one feels alone while suffering from chronic conditions or old age.
My Mom was amazing: Her kindness was unparalleled, she was steadfast in her faith, and a caregiver for all of God’s children. We would have expected the highest caliber of care for her and we build that expectation into our standards. We work tirelessly to provide an unmatched standard of care to homebound individuals so that their loved ones can have peace of mind.
Thank you for trusting us with the care of your family. I know the work we do is a privilege that we take very seriously and I hope that my mother’s love is felt through your relationship with Kennedy Care.