Jenn and Ted and I often post newspaper articles here about people impacted by organ donation – sometimes we’re lucky enough to post an article where we have an intimate knowledge of the people involved in the story… This is one of those times.
She was a go-getter, a happy-go-lucky kid who was good at sports, school and band, living in Algona, Iowa. Her mom describes her as head-strong and passionate. School came easy to her, and she was a member of the National Honor Society. Volleyball was the love of her life. At 5-foot, 9-inches and 150 pounds, she was a powerful middle hitter. She enjoyed running and staying in shape.
I never met her, but I’ve learned so much about her – and I’ve come to love her, and her family, and so many of her friends…
He was in Illinois, born with cystic fibrosis, a progressively debilitating disease that causes the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs. He was very much in love with his wife, Laura, and they had been married more than 11 years. He loved walking and golfing, but in 1997, at the age of 37, he was on supplemental oxygen 24 hours a day, unable to work or do the things he enjoyed. He needed two-hour physical therapy sessions four times a day to clear his lungs.
He is me. I’ve known him all of my life.
This story was written by Mindy Baker and published in the Algona Upper Des Moines paper and it’s titled “Remembering Kari.” It’s about pain, and about joy – and about leaping tall buildings with very special friends. Check out the "photo gallery" under the main picture in the story - there are a few pictures in there...
March 6, 2008 - Mindy Baker published a little follow-up story in the Algona Upper Des Moines paper (with more pictures) titled "Nearly $30,000 in Kari's name..." Thanks, Mindy!!!