We dedicate this page to the memory of our Camp Co-Founder, Lori Walsh.
In November of 2002, Lori began experiencing some vision problems. Medical follow-up indicated that a benign tumor on Lori's third optic nerve that had been removed in 2000, had recurred, and doubled in size, requiring immediate surgery. While these developments were serious, they did not appear life-threatening at the time of Lori's diagnosis. Unfortunately, although Lori's surgery went well, her brain was traumatized during the operation, and she was unable to recover. Lori passed away in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital three days after her surgery, surrounded by family, friends and loved ones.
She was cancer-free.
Lori Walsh lived a life worth emulating. She had a kind word and a smile for everyone she knew. She had an especially fierce love for her son, Jamie, and step-sons Ryan and Michael. Her sisters, father, aunts and cousins found Lori to be a devoted, thoughtful family member who revered and respected family traditions. Lori delighted in any opportunity to share special times with her immediate and extended family…nothing made her happier. Lori's husband and friends knew her as a loyal, loving, compassionate and caring companion who was never too busy or full of her own troubles to really listen to theirs.
Lori was living proof that life begins after 40. After her Breast Cancer diagnosis in 1999, a whole new world opened to Lori-a world of helping others.
Through her involvement with Camp Bravehearts and Candy's Place, Lori worked every day to make life better for others who were dealing with cancer. At the age of 42, Lori decided to become a college student and pursue a career in nursing so that she could further her mission of caring for others. When Lori went into the hospital on December 2, she was maintaining a straight A average, and had scored in the 97th percentile on the Nursing Entrance Test (NET) just weeks before she died.
Camp Bravehearts, and the friends that Lori made through it, gave her tremendous joy and satisfaction. She worked tirelessly and without complaint to make Camp better for all those involved. Lori was responsible for much of the incredible growth and progress of Bravehearts, and was always thinking of ways to expand and improve our programs. Lori was a workhorse, and gave 110% to the Camp Bravehearts concept. She was an invaluable member of our team, and frankly, there simply is no replacing her. Her love for this endeavor and her deep commitment to its success will be used as an inspiration for those of us who carry on.
Lori Walsh will be sorely missed by so many. But speaking for her beloved "Bravehearts" we leave you with a few of the many wonderful things we will remember about our dear, dear friend…
…the smile that had the power to make you feel like all was right with the world.
…warm hugs that let you know that you were loved no matter how bad you felt.
…her constant singing that reminded you that life was meant to be lived happily.
…that silly giggle of hers that made you feel like the funniest person on earth.
…the shoulder that was always there to lean on.
…the sense of humor that made us smile at the most tension-filled moments.
…the deep and abiding love and loyalty that taught us all the meaning of friendship.
…an inner strength and beauty that has left us all with an imprint on our hearts.
We love you, Lori.
"Keep smiling, keep shining,
Knowing you can always count on me, for sure.
That's what friends are for.
For good times, and bad times
I'll be on your side forevermore.
That's what friends are for."
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