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Dear Casey ...KC... Case:
Do you know what is was like to walk in a room and be seen by you?
To see your face light up?
To see your impish smile?
To see your body charge up with loving energy?
To feel the excitement of the connection?
Have you any idea how welcoming and warm and loving your gaze felt?
Do you know how much
happiness you brought into our lives?
Remember staying up late in a hotel room, eating massive amounts of junk
food, talking until 2:00 in the morning…knowing we had to be up in a
couple of hours?
Remember the drive back from Teenwork…singing and dancing in the car?
Remember hanging out with Pete, each of us on his arm, getting another
Remember the talks in my mom's office, catching her up on our "news"?
Remember seeing each other at swim meets, as competitors…but never
letting it get in the way of the excitement of seeing each other?
And, oh, do you remember, decorating the entire ballroom for the talent
show and complaining that our fingers would fall off from tying so many
Have you any idea how much fun it was to be with you, as you drew out
the very best in us?
Do you know that we
aspired to be like you?
To be cheerful under the most adverse circumstances?
To take risks…to be afraid…and it do whatever it was, because it was
To have such a positive lens on the world?
To rise above pettiness and do what you believed was right?
To be so playful and fun and let loose with a giggle that charged a
Have you any idea that the essence and spirit of YOU inspired US?
Do you remember how hard
How you studied and prepared and practiced for public presentations?
How you competently presented before boards, state organizations, large
adult audiences and before hundreds of your peers?
How you worked to communicate your energy, your ideas, your vision?
Have you any idea how much in awe we were of your presence and grace?
Do you remember the stories you told about your Mom and Dad and Chris
and Kyle and Kellie?
That your mom was your partner? Your guide? Your friend?
That your dad was your guardian angel, your safety net?
That Chris and Kyle and Kellie were your anchors and gave your joy and
happiness beyond words?
Have your any idea how amazing you are in their eyes and hearts?
Do you know how much you
modeled working and playing in Partnership?
That to work with you was so much fun?
That to explore ideas and create solutions with you was so invigorating?
That to take risks and push limits felt so right?
That it was easy to trust you because you were always trustworthy?
Have you any idea how much you taught so many of us?
Do you know the legacy
you have left behind?
To have before us such standards of character, and wisdom and
To know that you lived for ideals that you believed in passionately?
That the circumstances of your death will remain forever as a constant
reminder of your life's purpose?
To be so young and have contributed so much?
Have you any idea how hard we will humbly attempt to keep your spirit
and memory alive by living our lives as an example to the principles you
held dear?Oh, dear Casey, do
you know how much better off we are because we knew you?
Have you any idea how much you will be missed?
We send to you our love
as a mom and daughter
As partners in our life's work
As you have been a partner with your mom, your family, your friends,
your colleagues and your community.
We will remember you!
And carry on, with so many others,...FOR YOU1
And, we promise to "dance like nobody's watching."
and abiding love and highest regard,
Egin and Peggee
all of us at the San
Luis Obispo County FNL are deeply saddened by this news. Please let
us know if there's anything we can do to help during this difficult
time. We wish to send Lynne our condolences. As hard as this is to
write, I wanted to let you all know how sad the news of Casey's
death has been for the staff in San Luis Obispo. We are obviously
wrestling this morning, like all of you, with this tragedy. But we
are also celebrating the fortune we had to have Casey join our
office for a brief time as she embarked on her college career in our
County. Casey's energy, enthusiasm, and dedication affected not just
our staff, but many young people of our community. We grieve for
Lynne and her family. We grieve for Casey's peers. We are holding
each other up today...more committed than ever to continue our work.
We join all of you in your sorrow.
Teya, Jeremy, Kim, and Katy, San Luis Obispo
My thoughts are with
you and I am sending this hug and my love via this note. Thank you
for so eloquently articulating your sensitivity, caring and
commitment. You are wonderful people and I know the time Casey
shared with you was as inspirational and meaningful to her as it was
Brenda, Santa Cruz County
To my friends in FNL-
I'm here in a hotel in Boston at the Alcohol Policy Conference and
trying to absorb the shock and disbelief. SLO folks my heart goes out to
you and for your sadness and loss. I too am trying to hold Lynne and her
family in my heart and know their pain must be so unbearable at the loss
of Casey. I'm so very sad for them and hold them in my prayers and
We all were so blessed
by her in so many ways. Her indomitable spirit, her kind heart, her
gentle compassion and her youthful exuberance, just to name a few. The
web that was responding and reacting today is a true testament to the
way this young woman and her Mom touched each of us. I know Casey's
spirit will live on and know how lucky I was to get to watch her grow in
our system . I was always inspired by her grace and vision. Surely this
apple did not fall far from her mothers tree.
So thanks for your
eloquence and thoughts. CFNLP thanks for connecting people and I wish
each of you peace and healing. Reach out to a young person, kiss your
kids and remember our work is ever important in this vulnerable and
complicated world. Much love to each of you
Maureen A. Sedonaen, Executive Director
Youth Leadership Institute
I'm terribly, deeply saddened by this. All I can think of
right now is her smile and her laugh when we last spoke,
Casey was a beautiful person inside and out.