To honor Kathleen's incredible love and spirit, as well as to provide Kenzie with a tangible way to remember her grandmother whenever she visits Penn State, we hope to plant a cherry tree on campus near Simmons Hall. We thought a cherry tree would be most appropriate because Kathleen was a huge lover of cardinals (they will eat the fruit) and because cherry blossoms are a frequent symbol in anime, of which Kenzie is a huge fan.
The $1600 will cover the cost of the tree, its installation, and its future maintenance, as well as the accompanying commemorative plaque. We hope this to be a gift of Springfield's Alumni, to show Kenzie that we are all with her through this tough time. If everyone on the alumni listserv were to donate just $10-15, we would easily meet our goal.
We hope we can raise the funds quickly and present Kenzie with this gift during THON 2015 (February 20-22). If you choose to donate, PLEASE feel free to leave a short message to Kenzie or a memory about Kathleen, so we can give them to Kenzie during THON weekend.
Mark Goldy-Brown (SF Exec, 2014)
Nick Doyle (SF Tech, 2014)