It was smiles all around as well-wishers shook hands and exchanged hugs with Kevin Hanley of Waymart.


It was smiles all around as well-wishers shook hands and exchanged hugs with Kevin Hanley of Waymart.

The 58-year-old father of three recently underwent seven-hour liver transplant surgery. The donor? Someone he loves with all of his heart, his 23-year-old daughter Brigette.

A fundraiser held this month at Ladore Carousel in Canaan Township — A Cause for Kevin — was well attended, more than 450 people showed up.
Both Brigette and her dad were overwhelmed by the response that day.

Q. What do you think of the turnout?
A. “This is so beautiful,” said Brigette.
“There’s just so many people, I just want to hug them all,” Kevin said.

Q.Family friend Frank Gallo of Layton, N.J., who thinks of Kevin as a brother, was among the hundreds of guests at the fundraiser. We asked him what Kevin is all about?
A.“I’ve known him my whole life. We played Little League baseball together in Newton, N.J.,” Gallo said.
“Kevin does a lot for a lot of people. Kevin has helped a lot of people in his lifetime.”

Q.Veronica Freschi of Hawley also turned out for the benefit. We asked her what she likes best about Kevin.
A.“I always liked his humor, his uplifting stance,” she said.
“Kevin genuinely seems interested in what other people want to say. Because he’ll look at you and he’ll listen to what you want to say.”
It was good to see her friend looking better months after the operation, Freschi said.
“He looked fragile, just after the operation. He looks like he’s coming back to his old self,” she said.
An NCAA official for women’s fast-pitch softball, Kevin said he can’t wait to get back in the game.
“I missed an entire season, but I’m alive and I’ll be back next year,” he said.
In fact, he was due back this week for summer tournaments.