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Never Walk Alone: Pittsburgh Soccer community and friends rally to support Gene Klein and his family

There are many people who have been a part of the Pittsburgh soccer community during the past 50-60 years, but very few have made the same lasting impact that Gene Klein has made.

In 2021, the former Pittsburgh Riverhounds Head Coach/Technical Director and long time Quaker Valley High School Head Coach was diagnosed with an incurable brain cancer — glioblastoma — in February of 2021.

In recent months, things have become very difficult for Gene’s wife Anne and family in their battle.

Family friend Nancy Burkhart has started a GoFundMe webpage ( ) to rally support for Gene and his family.





“Geno has become quite weak; he is no longer able to walk and has nearly lost his ability to talk. Anne continues to work full time while taking him back and forth to UPMC for treatments and doing all in-home care on her own,” Burkhurt wrote on the GoFundMe page.

“While insurance has taken care of most of their needs up until this point, it will not cover the equipment (like electric lifts), accessible adaptive clothing, and part-time in-home help that has become necessary at this point. All funds will be distributed directly to Anne and Geno to use at this most difficult time in their lives. Please consider giving to and sharing this fundraiser to help these wonderful people — as Geno and Anne always say, ‘You’ll never walk alone.’”




John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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