Three years ago, Scott Kralick, of Lower Providence, lost his wife, Melissa, unexpectedly to a brain aneurysm. Left to be a single father of two girls, now 18 and 16, his best friend and next-door neighbor Robert A. Maro said he just went on a bike ride.
“It was Mother’s Day,” said Maro. “He just wanted to go for a ride along [Route] 113, wanted to clear his head.”
On May 11, the same motorcycle ride changed the already-suffering family once more.
“A car turned in front of him,” said Maro. “They said they never saw him.”
The resulting accident forced Kralick into a induced coma, where remains sedated to undergo countless surgeries in store for him.
“He is day-to-day,” said his friend. “He has had 13 surgeries, another one [Tuesday] for his jaw and [Wednesday] for his legs and arms.”
Kralick broke two ankles, two legs, his left arm, left wrist, left hand, ribs, pelvis, tailbone, vertebrae, C1 and C2, and “destroyed his jaw line,” according to Maro.
As their father fights for his life, the two girls are staying with family in their own Lower Providence home. Kralick’s mother and father flew in from Las Vegas, leaving behind three concerned brothers, to care for the two girls.
With no income and, for the time being, missing both of their parents, the two girls are concerned about finances and keeping things running in a household. Friends and family that also were worried began the Kralick Family Trust to lend a helping hand.
The friends created the Prayers for Scott Kralick Facebook page here to both keep worried parties informed, but also to collect funds for the two girls. Brittany, 18, is just coming home from her first year at Penn State University, as, Katie, 16, is wrapping up her junior year at Methacton High School.
The friends also created a You Caring page, which is connected to the Facebook page, to help save funds for the girls and their expenses. The donation-accepting page has raised $22,191 thus far toward its $100,000 goal.
Those wishing to give to the girls may send a check to the Kralick Family Trust, to 1115 W. Main St., Norristown, 19401. Maro’s law office is organizing the trust for the two girls, and all funds can be sent to the above address, in care of the Kralick Family Trust.
Local residents can also support the Lower Providence family by attending an event on Thursday, May 29 at Brother Paul’s Pub and Restaurant. From 5 to 10 p.m., patrons may purchase a $25 wristband for all-you-can-eat and –drink.
“There will be beer, a buffet,” said Maro. “We have a live band, a big tent outback, the outdoor bar. There will be raffles, a 50/50.”
“Scott is my best friend,” said Maro. “When he got hurt, I just wanted to help.”
The group of eight friends joined him to organize the fundraiser. After 11 years of living next door to one another, having moved into a small community within a week of one another, Maro hopes his friend is soon up and about.
“We want to do anything we can to help,” he said.
The May 29 event will begin at 5 p.m., with drink specials. Unlimited beer with a buffet is starting at 6 p.m. A live acoustic band will be on from 6 to 9 p.m., with auctions and raffle results coming in 9 to 10 p.m.
Guests to the restaurant can also explain they are there for the fundraiser or order a special drink named for Scott Kralick to help raise funds for the trust.