June 13, 2014

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Keeley Kos

The Steel City showed a lot of heart recently for one special little girl, 11-month-old Keeley Kos.

Keeley is the daughter of Jason Kos, client relations director at our Pittsburgh office. She is a joyful and courageous little girl who was born with multiple congenital heart defects.

Keeley was recently hospitalized with a severe rhinovirus infection. Jason and his wife took turns staying with her at the hospital. During a quick trip for dinner one evening, Jason stopped by a local restaurant his family frequents to pick up a pizza.

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Keeley Kos

Recognizing Jason, the restaurant staff asked him how Keeley was doing. As he spoke with them, a couple eating nearby listened intently and joined the conversation, asking to know more about Keeley.

Jason told them about her condition and recent hospitalization.

What happened next left Jason speechless.

The couple told Jason they were planning a charity motorcycle run and that Keeley would be the beneficiary. Then, they exchanged contact information. Not long after that, Wheelies for Keeley was born.

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Motorcycles lined up before the Wheelies for Keeley event.

The June 1 event featured an auction, a 76-mile motorcycle run and a post-run dinner.

The event raised awareness for congenital heart disease and funds for the Kos family.

Wheelies for Keeley enjoyed an incredible turnout, with 87 motorcycles, 101 riders and approximately 150 participants in the auction and dinner.

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Pittsburgh motorcyclists and riders participated in the charity motorcycle run.

Epic team members Meagan Kilgour, operations manager; Lisa Demko, nursing supervisor; and William Thomas, executive director, participated in the event to show their support for the Kos family.

“The outpouring of support for my daughter and family was humbling,” said Jason. “I couldn’t have asked for a better experience or have been involved with a greater group of people.”

We are touched by the selfless generosity of the Pittsburgh community. We hope this story inspires you to practice kindness and pass it on to others.

Thank you so much to the Kos family for sharing their story with us.