Smithtown Heroine Receives Honor from Smithtown Children’s Foundation
By Nancy Vallarella
Kathleen Albrecht is a seasoned Smithtown resident. Known to many locals as a wife, mother, grandmother, columnist, former Smithtown business owner, community volunteer, current Chef of Staff for New York State Assemblyman, Michael Fitzpatrick and most recently, a life saver.
Five months ago, Kathleen Albrecht became a living donor and helped to save the life of another Town of Smithtown resident, Rachael Eisenson.
Christine Fitzgerald, Co-Founder of the Smithtown Children’s Foundation presented Kathleen with the SCF’s 2016 Kaylee Rivers Courage Award during the reception following The Friends Fore Smithtown Community Golf Outing at the Hamlet Golf and Country Club in Commack on October 11th. It is the foundation’s most prestigious award, given in memory of the girl who inspired them to start the foundation and help the Smithtown community in so many ways.
Although the Eisenson family could not be present, a statement was read on their behalf by Fitzgerald. The following excerpt expresses the family’s sentiment of gratitude. “Obviously, Kathleen Albrecht’s generous altruism in selflessly coming forward is worthy of the highest praise imaginable. Our entire family is in her debt, not only for saving our daughter’s life but in a world that seems to be ripped apart by negativism and discord, Kathleen and people like her are truly the saving grace for humanity.” - The Eisenson Family.
Deemed Kathleen “All In” Albrecht by the Eisensons, Kathy continues the mission by raising awareness in becoming a Living Donor. She graciously accepted her SCF Courage Award and encouraged attendees to review the New York State Donate Life Program and to go to the MyDMV page to enroll in the donor program.