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VaCAP has received a message from the family of Ken Harney, Real Estate Syndicated Columnist:
It is with great sadness that I write to you to tell you that Ken’s disease has progressed to Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and that as of today, we are in the care of hospice at home. We both want to thank you for all your prayers, your interest and concern and for the many years of friendship you have extended to us.
Happily we are surrounded by our four children and our home is filled with love. Ken is not up to receiving visitors but I will share any thoughts with him that you want to send to him via my email. Thank you all for being so supportive and attentive especially these last few years.
As most of you know, Ken Harney is a friend and advocate for Real Estate Appraisers. He has quoted VaCAP President Pat Turner many times and always includes the appraiser perspective as well as others in his writings. VaCAP is saddened to hear this news and is keeping Ken and his family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
VaCAP has learned our friend and supporter, Ken Harney has passed away.
Ken was a supporter of appraisers and an advocate for consumers. He has helped educate the consumer on industry concerns and always shared the perspective of the appraiser. Our hearts our saddened by this great loss. Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.
In honor of Ken, we ask each of you to follow the wishes of his family and “pay it forward” by donating blood as described in the email from his family below.
His obituary can be found here.
On behalf of Ken and our entire family, I want to thank you all for the kind and loving messages you sent to Ken before his death early this morning. There is great sadness when someone has a terminal illness, but hearing how loved he was by friends and family was very special to Ken and our family.
Instead of eulogies he would not hear, while in hospice Ken had a chance to learn how many of you cared for him and your relationship with him. These last few years have drawn our four children and all of you closer to us than ever. We are grateful for your constant concern and support. Thank you for all your kind words and prayers.
We were all with him this morning when Ken passed away from Acute Myeloid Leukemia. We will be having a private family service at a later date—our emotions are too raw for a service right now.
In lieu of flowers, we would like to ask that you do something unusual—donate blood. Throughout Ken’s illness, he received countless blood transfusions from total strangers who donated their blood to help sustain him. Though his form of leukemia is rare, there are so many people with blood diseases requiring transfusions. We feel that there is no better way to “pay it forward” than to help return the kindness by donating blood in his memory. And if blood donation is not possible, we would ask that you find another way to make another person’s life a little better. Through more than four decades of writing his weekly column for the Washington Post, Ken worked to help and improve the lives of his readers. Help us preserve his legacy by paying it forward.
Again, thank you for all your many kindnesses and loving words.
Andy, Alex, Brendan, Tim and Phurbu