Young mother of 2 little boys – is battling cancer AND they recently lost everything in an apartment fire. She needs help.

November 8, 2017

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

It’s hard to imagine what 26-year-old Kim Beeghley is going through.

The young mother of two boys is fighting cancer – and she also recently lost everything in a fire – when the apartment building she lived in – burned down. 

Kim and her boyfriend, along with their boys, ages 2 and 4, moved into a new apartment in Hamburg on September 1st. The fire broke out September 30th – before they’d even unpacked everything. She told me in a phone interview how challenging it’s been,

“We are struggling. We had to stay in a motel for three weeks and didn’t have a fridge or stove so we basically had to order out and it really added up. We are having a tough time.”

Not to mention, they did not have renters insurance – and lost everything they owned.


Think about what everything might be.

As if that isn’t enough to deal with – Kim has been battling cancer for two years. She was 24 when she was diagnosed with Stage Four Thyroid Cancer. The disease spread to her vocal cords.  Kim has undergone radiation and recently had a tracheotomy put in to help her heal. She’s hoping to have it surgically removed in the next few months.

The very kind folks at Our Mother of Good Counsel Church have taken Kim under their wing and are helping the young mom get back on her feet. They’re taking up a collection – and they’re hoping the caring community of Western New York will help.

Donna Kogut has been helping people through her church group for years and years – and says this is one of the most heartbreaking cases, “It is just so sad, I don’t know. This poor girl, not only did she have a fire and lose everything, but her life is at stake – I can’t even put it into words. We just have to help her.”

Kim says she has received some clothes for her family through donations – but really needs hats, gloves, and snow pants for her family. She is also hoping for toys for her little ones – who keep asking where their toys are. The 2-year-old loves anything Paw Patrol and his big brother is a big fan of Thomas the Train.

If you would like to help – anything would make a difference. Gift cards would be ideal for things like toiletries, food, a vacuum cleaner and cleaning supplies. All of the things that many of us take for granted. The family has moved into a new apartment and have received donations of furniture.

Donations can be brought or mailed to:

Our Mother of Good Council.

3688 South Park Avenue, Blasdell

Attn: Donna Kogut

As much as there are many nice used items, many used items are not so good. It can be even more of a burden to go through piles and piles of used items and then bring the ones you can’t use some place. It’s understandable when you’re dealing with cancer and two young children.  The folks at the church as really asking for new items or gift cards.

You can also help the family through their fundraising page. Here is a link to their  GOFUNDME PAGE. 

If you have any questions – feel free to email me at

Thank you!

For those wondering – the boys wear 3 T and 4T in shirts and 2T and 3T in pants!




About Me

Welcome to Totally Buffalo! My name is Mary Friona-Celani and I am the creator of this site! After spending 20 years in the Buffalo media, I moved on to focus on my beautiful family. Now, the time has come for a new project. I was ready for something new. Something mine.
I am born and raised in WNY and my pride runs deep. My husband, Scott and I are very happy to be raising our four daughters here.






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    What size are the boys? I have a couple winter coats if they need them

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    I will go through all our stuff and see what i can come up with! Praying for Gods healing hands upon this mom, for strength to get through this, and for provision for her and her family!

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    Over the past several weeks I have collected many donations from parishioners from my church, family & friends. At this point we are hoping to collect gift cards or checks sent to OMGC 3688 South Park, Blasdell 14219 c/o Donna Kogut. Any dollar amount is appreciated. It will give the family the opportunity to shop and purchase new items that they still need or perhaps help pay the car payment, car insurance or gas so mom can continue to travel to Roswell 3x’s a week. The holidays are approaching and it would be nice to give this family the “lift” they so desperately need. Thank you in advance if you are able to help brighten their holidays. God bless… Donna

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    Please see comment above. Thank you!

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    Hi Linda, please read my comment on the blog. Thank you very much!

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    My kids wear 3t n 4t jackets,shirts..

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    Thanks for the info I am going shopping tonight and tomorrow so I’ll pick up more. God bless you for helping!! ?

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    Thanks for the info I am going shopping tonight and tomorrow so I’ll pick up more. God bless you for helping!! ?

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    Thank you! You’ve done so much already! God bless you… ❤

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    Hello Everyone! With the attention from this blog, and with the help from the parishioners at Our Mother of Good Counsel Church in Blasdell, Kim and her two little boys will be having a very Merry Christmas. OMGC adopted this family and the response has been tremendous! The children’s wish list was completed along with many extras. Cash, clothing and many gift cards were donated. Kim is still under doctors care and takes one day at a time. She truly appreciates all the help she has received and thanks each & everyone of you! Thank you Mary, for interviewing this young family during such a difficult time in their life. Merry Christmas & God Bless ~ Donna Kogut

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