Karin's Kids: Rhys, Aine & Ronan

Karin was a force of nature. She loved her kids fiercely (tattoos as proof!); she loved the water (part fish!); and she loved to instigate (part fun-loving trouble!). She was a fighter, but lost her personal fight with cancer on Dec. 13, 2013.

Stunned by this tragic news, Karin's family and friends are coming together to help Ger and their kids: Rhys (12), Aine (9) and Ronan (6). We cannot heal their emotional suffering, but we can help ease the struggle of day-to-day expenses. Please consider making a donation to help with the cost of raising three kids.

All funds will be deposited into a Memorial Fund at a local credit union. Please email me if you'd prefer to send your donation directly to the credit union.

Thank you in advance for your donations and well wishes.

Karin, we miss you already!

A poem for Karin by Bruce Bagnell


by the bay,
as I wait to drive my balded friend to her chemo
I hear the tide and hiss of traffic
flowing past that peculiar two-story;
one side painted bright yellow

reminding me of Mexico
where I heard a biker band symphony,
that yellow sun leaving the sea,
transmuting eastern walls
on the beach in Tulum; the sun very bright then,

unlike the heavy sea layer brooding down here,
only that yellow-sided house to illuminate me
but then she puts on a golden wig
and smiles as though we are in the Yucatan
and I wash back and forth,
froth on an ocean of limitless depth.

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