The “Other” Guy

Kevin Kiehborth – Triple Bypass

You will meet Kevin in this year’s Hug Fund video. His positive outlook on life is contagious. He’s the Director of Maintenance at Heartland of Madeira in southern Ohio, and he really loves his job. “I love the patients, especially the older patients. Their ability to share history is fascinating, and I consider it an honor to be in their presence.”

Because of the Hug Fund and the support from my fellow workers, much of that stress was taken away from me.

Kevin went to the doctor for a routine checkup and 12 hours later he was recovering from emergency triple bypass, open-heart surgery. He didn’t know that morning when he went to the doctor for a routine checkup that he would be off work for nearly three months. That time off from work could have been financially devastating had it not been for Hug Fund donors. After learning that he would receive a grant from the Hug Fund, Kevin said, “I wanted to take the time to tell you how much I appreciate all the Hug Fund has done for me. I have always contributed to a fund like this – no matter where I have worked – and, fortunately, until now, I have never needed it. It is always the ’other‘ guy. Well, I found out what it was like to be the ’other‘ guy! Due to a recent cardiac surgery, I found myself in the ’other‘ guy’s shoes, and with no warning, I was off work for three months without pay.

Kevin's interview with the Hug Fund
Kevin’s interview with the Hug Fund

“The heart doctor kept telling me not to do things that stressed me. How can you not stress? Worrying about your health, how you are going to pay your bills and if you are going to lose your home, car or are they going to turn the utilities off. Then you have new bills piling up from the surgery. How can you not be stressed? Because of the Hug Fund and the support from my fellow workers, much of that stress was taken away from me. The Hug Fund helped me keep up with the bills and helped me get back on my feet. I cannot express in words what a relief this fund, created by the generosity of fellow workers, has given my family and me. I want to thank you and all of those who contribute and are associated with this fund from the bottom of my heart. Because of you, I honestly believe my recovery was faster with the financial weight lifted off my shoulders. Thank you and may God bless you one and all!”