By Steve Svetovich
Dunmore’s Brian Loughney had a mission, and he accomplished it big time.
Son of John and Frannie Loughney, Dunmore, Brian’s dad was diagnosed with leukemia in December 2018. Since then he has gone through treatments and is doing well.
However, Brian, 37, wanted to do something to help not only his dad, but others afflicted with leukemia.
In November of 2021, Brian, who is married for two years to the former Holly Zeshonski, was nominated to start a campaign for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.
The fund-raiser campaign lasted 10 weeks. There were five other candidates nominated.
Loughney, a 2003 Dunmore graduate, raised $109,181 of the total $191,780 raised.
“We raised funds from mid-May to mid-March, All six candidates raised funds.”
And for this accomplishment, he was named Man of the Year by the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.
He was honored at a gala at the Hilton in Scranton this past May 19.
Loughney said the money was raised with a group of team members that included family and friends.
“Our team did a fantastic job,” he said. “It was a grassroots campaign through letters, phone calls, texts, social media, and word of mouth.
“I really wanted to get involved.
“I’m extremely honored and blessed to have team members who were as engaged as I was in this effort, with my father and two fellow Dunmoreans in mind.”
Loughney said the fund-raising efforts were also done in honor of Jack Callahan, 4. son of Molly and Dan Callahan, Dunmore, and in memory of the late Kelcey Hallinan, late daughter of Alicia and Tom Hallinan, who passed away a few years ago at 18.
“They were the driving force,” he said.
“We focused on this campaign with my dad, Jack, and Kelcey primarily in mind, but others afflicted with leukemia as well.
“This was truly a team effort by family members and friends who were fully onboard with this campaign.”
Team Loughney team members are: Brian Loughneyk, Holly Loughney, Fran Loughney, Matthew Loughney, Katie Loughney, Katie Horan, PJ Horan, Rebecca Loughney, Patrick Ehnot, Tom Sohns, Patrick McLane, Jack Corcoran, Nibs Loughney, Donna Loughney and Kathy Hughes.
Brian also offers a special thank you to the AllOne Foundation for the grant opportunity,
The humble and well-spoken Loughney is a 2007 graduate of the University of Scranton where he received a bachelor of science degree in political science.. He received an master of science degree in human resources administration in 2009 from the University of Scranton.
He has been human resources manager at the University of Scranton for the past five years.
Loughney played four years of baseball, basketball and soccer while a student at Dunmore High School.
He is the nephew of former Dunmore Mayor Patrick “Nibs” Loughney.