Fort Mill Continues To Show Support for Burn Victim Connor McKemey


Support for the McKemey family and Connor continues to grow in the Tega Cay and Fort Mill community. And in some cases beyond our fair township borders. Many local citizens talk about Connor daily. For some the daily news or updates on his condition is a daily priority.

Let me back up a bit and if you haven’t heard of the tragic McKemey storey here is a brief recap. Just before Christmas, Connor McKemey, 13, suffered second and third degree burns over 85 percent of his body and is currently in critical condition at the Joseph M. Still burn Center in Augusta, Georgia. Connor has undergone several surgeries and faces many more. Connor’s mother Karin suffered serious burns while trying to help Connor after an explosion in their outdoor fireplace.

The interesting thing about this story is the overwhelming support from friends and the community. In fact support has surfaced beyond the borders of Fort Mill. Last week the Gold Hill Middle school girls and boys basketball teams (Connor’s school) played a game at Dutchman Creek Middle school in Rock Hill. Both our basketball teams were surprised and touched by the Dutchman’s Creek’s presentation of a check for the Mckemey medical fund. The students at this Rock Hill school raised over $1100.

connorshirt_smallThere are several fund raisers and blood drives planned for the “Crusade for Connor” In fact there is a “Crusader for Connor” t-shirt that can be purchased from Thunder Athletics or at Gold Hill Middle school or Fort Mill HS. Proceeds will be donated to the McKemey Medical Fund.

Info on the McKemey Medical Fund
Make donations by check and payable to the “McKemey Medical Fund” and mail to the following address:
Sodoma Law, P.C.
1336 Harding Place
Charlotte, NC 28204
Phone: (704) 442-0000
You can also donate at any Bank of America branch.

Other events or donation avenues include:

Dinner for the family

Dream Dinners on Hwy 160 established an account for the family.

Blood Drives

There are three scheduled blood drives for Connor:

  1. The first is on January 19th at the Fort Mill YMCA.
  2. The second is on the 24th at the Tega Cay Fire Station.
  3. Finally, the blood mobile will be at the lacrosse jamboree on January 31st.


One of the Lake Shore in Tega Cay Women’s Bunko groups is planning a Bunko game to support Connor on Jan 27th at 7pm at the Tega Cay Glennon Center.


McKemey Lacrosse Jamboree

Connor is a huge lacrosse player.  As the result of Connor’s love for lacrosse, key people from his lacrosse family have come together to create the McKemey Lacrosse Jamboree. This event will be 12 hours of non-stop lacrosse. All proceeds will be going to the McKemey Family Trust Fund.
Where: Fort Mill HS Fields
When: Saturday, January 31, 2009 9AM to 9 PM
Who: This event is open to the entire community. No prior lacrosse experience required.
Cost: $40 per player in advance $50 per player day of event
Player Registration (required): All players may signup via our website: Or you can register on site the day of the event.
Banner Sponsorship: $500. And the event organizers need event volunteers. Click to look or download a a PDF .

I have also heard talk about a golf fund raising tournament. And I am sure there is more I may have missed. If so use the comment section below to post more fund raising events.

If you are interested in following Connor’s progress and future event announcement, Reid Lancaster created and maintains a Caring Bridge website for Connor. The site has had more than 59,000 visits so far. Visit the site at You may aslo leave a donation online at the Caring Bridge site.

And of course our prayers and thoughts are with the Mckemey family daily. Keep up the good work  Tega Cay, Fort Mill, and Rock Hill supporters.


  1. says

    I have a son close to the same age as Connor and I cannot even begin to express the emotional pain I feel when I think about Connor and what he has faced and will continue to. My heart cries and hurts for him and all of his family. GOD bless and look over them. I will continue to track Conner’s progress. I am printing out this article and sending it to school with my 14 year old son and telling him to give it to his teacher. It would be terrific if the school here in Aiken could do some sort of fund raiser to help Connor and his family. I will continue to pray for Connor, Mom and the entire family. Norma Chanda

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  3. says

    The accident of young Conner is very devastating but nevertheless, it is heartwarming to know that a lot of people support him and his family. I do hope that the young boy recovers soon. He is very blessed to get support from his family and community.

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