Kailana Nicole Koether passed away on June 22nd, 2017, in the morning on the day she was supposed to graduate High School. Kailana was with us for only seventeen years, but she made more out of that time than many will in their entire lifetime. Kailana taught this world what it means to live every moment to the fullest, and her joy and positivity made the lives of everyone around her more fulfilling. For those unable to attend her vigil that tragic everning I have provided my short story from the evening below. But before you read it, either for the first or the hundreth time, please make a contibution to this fundraiser, in hopes of softening the financial blows that accompany death.
If you were to walk into my house anytime in the next few weeks and went into the dining room you would see a fairly large hole in the ceiling. Now you don't need to worry, she didn't punch the hole or throw me through the roof, we simply had some piping issues that we needed a contractor to inspect. My family's contractor has these little, branded, magnetic white boards. You can stick them on your fridge and they come with a dry erase pen and an eraser lid. At the top of the board it says "Things to Do." The day after we recieved this little white board, Kailana came over. As I prepared some food for us, she took the marker and wrote a message on the board. I finished preparing the food and I turned around to see her note. She had written "love eachother," with a heart drawn underneath it. We smiled and ate our breakfast like it was just another meal. The next day she came over again and we noticed that the cap to the dry erase marker was missing. Without that cap you can't erase that board, and now we will never erase this memory either. In times like this, Kailana's note is more important than ever. When tragedy strikes and communities are torn apart, it is our love for eachother that keeps us going. One minute at a time, one step at a time, and one day at a time.