Team KP

There are purities in life that are hard to catch sight of on a daily basis. Genuine random acts of kindness, pure bliss, true love and living in the moment. Witness any of these real moments and the emotions become contagious. For example, have you seen the "random acts of kindness" Liberty Mutual commercial? It is an inspiring, accurate depiction of the chain reaction that can follow when a complete stranger observes an other's unexpected kindness.

This past Saturday I observed an entire community living in the moment when I attended a fundraiser at Willikers in Shrewsbury, MA for Kevin Phillips (KP), a friend of Matt's living with pancreatic cancer. KP was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this past Spring...at the age of 27. Quickly after this news shocked and stunned friends, family and the Westborough community, Kevin's closest friends created a facebook page, Team KP, to be there for KP, his girlfriend Theresa, her son Jake, and well, each other. There is no shortage of support. Via facebook, friends comment and status updates are posted on the reg., purple Team KP wrist bands were created, t-shirts repping the KP logo designed, a Kevin J Phillips fund at Sovereign Bank was born and Saturday's fundraiser celebrated life.

The atmosphere at Willikers on Saturday was positive and heart warming. Local businesses and organizations donated gift certificates to be raffled, three local bands performed, and stellar prizes such as a getaway weekend, Red Sox tickets, and a bat signed by Red Sox captain Jason Veritek were silently auctioned. The owner of Willikers even donated the restaurant and the food for the evening. KP's close friends and organizers of the event really did an exceptional job (thank you!!) Looking around the room you saw friends and family connecting, overwhelming support and devotion, and everyone in attendance was living.in.the.moment!

The following pics were taken from various facebook albums and not my own photography:

Prior to the event, an article was written in the online version of The Daily Westborough informing the community of the fundraiser and quoting friends and KP about the past few months. A close friend of KP's, Sarah Arsenault said, "Because of this, a lot of people who have lost track of each other over the years have re-connected. He’s such a positive guy. I think it rubs off on all of us who know him.” On Saturday night, KP's love for life was palpable. The positive attitude Sarah referenced was obvious and contagious. The energy at the event was bright, generous and full of love. All were savoring the moment and it was beautiful!

KP, you are an unbelievable person. You are honest, hilarious, energetic and a breath of fresh air. A true embodiment of strength and courage and a real inspiration to us all. I have not known you long, but I would be blessed to get to know you better. Live life and know no boundaries. Team KP!

And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. ~Abraham Lincoln

We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand. -Randy Pausch

Forever is composed of nows. -Emily Dickinson

Today is a gift. That's why we call it the present. -Babatunde Olatunji


  1. I love all the pictures - they really capture the event and the spirit of the evening. Great write up. All my best to KP!

  2. Oh my god... Pancreatic cancer at age 27?? How tragic! Just shows to never to take your life or your health for granted!

  3. Great recap and great event....sometimes it takes a sad event to get people to come together... but the community of westborough sounds like they have united! PS- next time you are down that way you should stop by and I'll cook you dinner (I live pretty close : )

  4. What an inspiring story. Love the quotes at the end, too.

  5. What a great post - sometimes we forget about all of the really important things in life when we're too busy worrying about the mundane little things. Thanks for the reminder.

  6. I send my prayers to KP and his family and friends. In life it matters not how much time you have, but what you do with the time you have, and it sounds like KP is the epitome of living his life for the now and through a loving heart. I wish him all the best.

  7. You continually out do yourself with the posts! This event was a great example of why I am blessed to have grown up in such an amazing place, with the best of people! KP is a fighter and he won't go quietly without a fight, if anyone can beat this Kp can!

  8. That's great that everyone came together! Looks like a lot of fun for a great cause! XO!

  9. Wow! I love how positive and life giving this event was. And all of the quotes at the end are important for all of us to remember.