Tuesday, September 9, 2008


On September 20, 2003 my best friend was diagnosed with leukemia.  On September 17, 2004 she lost her battle with the terrible disease.  I think about her everyday and when my mind strays from her for too long, Harrison will ask me "Remember Kara?  Why did she die?"

Harrison never met Kara in person.  But somehow he knows her and makes me tell him about her.  He makes me tell him about her disease.  He makes me tell him about our friendship.  And he makes me tell him about her sense of humor.  I often have to tell him that I don't understand why she had to die but that we remember her in so many ways.  Mostly I remember her for just being there.  I took that for granted and I miss her so much.

It is uncanny to me that Harrison brings Kara up.  I have a picture of her and I in the living room and I have a drawer in my bedroom with stuff about her in it, but I don't talk about her constantly.  I believe that it is Kara's way of saying hi to me.  Just to let me know she is still there.

Every year I participate in Light the Night in Davenport, IA.  This years walk is October 4th and will be our 3rd time walking in remembrance of Kara.  The walk is a time to celebrate and remember those affected by leukemia.  It is a time for me to get together with Kara's family and our friends and remember what a great person she was.  One of the things Kara said to her sister in her final days was that she didn't want to be forgotten.  I know that would never be possible and the walk is just one way to prove that to her.  Kara's sister, Marci, actually participated in Team in Training in San Diego this year.  I can't wait to hear all of the highlights from her trip.

Leukemia is a horrible cancer.  It attacks the red blood cells and gets into the marrow, where blood is produced.  An estimated 138,530 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma in 2008.  Leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma will cause the deaths of an estimated 52,910 people in the U.S. this year.

Please support me in our fight against leukemia.  Kara was a believer in research studies and participated in 2 of them.  Go to my website and donate now.  Your donation will help others afflicted with leukemia fight the battle through research and medical studies.  If you would rather send a check, please email me: bneipert@gmail.com and I will give you my address.  If you already commit to another charity: thank you.  It is so important that we are involved in great causes and no one's is more important than the one you feel closest to.  Mine just happens to be The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Light the Night.

Remember Kara.

1 comment:

Jennifer H. said...

It is hard to believe that four years have come and gone. Sometimes I still wake up thinking that Kara is going to call and give me a guilt trip because we haven't seen each other in so long. Thanks for your Blog Beth. I'm looking forward to seeing you at the walk and at the after party! We really need to party it up Kara style one of these years! :)