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Injured former Quaker Valley hockey player showing improvement

| Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, 8:30 p.m.

The outpouring of support from the Quaker Valley, Pittsburgh and hockey communities continues for the injured hockey player Kevin Kenny.

The Kevin Kenny Foundation was founded to help Kenny and his family with ongoing medical costs and future day-to-day support after the former QV standout injured his spinal cord during a Nov. 17 game while playing for the Pittsburgh Vengeance. He was hospitalized when it was discovered he had no feeling below his waist. The 2012 Quaker Valley graduate has undergone two surgeries and is being treated at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.

Donations are being accepted at www.GoFundMe.com/5d9lrk. Through Sunday, more than $29,000 had been raised through online donations and several fundraisers are being organized. T-shirts ($10) and wristbands ($5) with a 7KennyStrong logo will be sold by mail and at the Vengeance's home ice — BladeRunners in Harmarville — and helmet stickers can be ordered from www.VengeanceHockey.com with a donation of $100.

Also, a spaghetti dinner will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday at John Paul I Center, 201 Ninth St., in Pittsburgh. Cost is $10 for adults and $7 for children, and take out is available.

The Cards for Kenny Campaign also has been started, asking youth hockey players to drop cards of support at a “mail box” in the pro shop at BladeRunners or via mail to Cards for Kenny, c/o Renee Heininger, 205 Carriage Court, Pittsburgh, PA 15238.

The Pittsburgh Penguins raised $18,650 for Kenny from proceeds of their 50/50 raffle during last week's game against the New York Islanders .

“It has been a social media whirlwind that has really helped gain support,” foundation founder and president Renee Heininger said. “The Pens have been great. The players came over to deliver a jersey before they left for Washington (last week). The Vengeance, all of the teams in the NA3HL and Quaker Valley community have been so supportive.”

Kenny continues to improve and is beginning to breathe on his own without the assistance of a ventilator.

Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at nsmith@tribweb.com or via Twitter @NSmith_Trib.

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