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December 05, 2016
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Tragic death leads to good works; Kristina KARES announces fundraiser, blood drive

Cindy Adams, left, and her daughter, Kristina.
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As a response to a college assignment, Kristina once wrote a paper entitled “What would you do if you had only 37 days to live?” She wrote, “I would rise before the sun and watch it emerge over fields. I would sleep late and make chocolate chip pancakes. I would eat lunch at the counter. I would have dessert before dinner. I would play racquetball and go kayaking. I would meet a real cowboy. I would take hundreds of photographs. I would be happy, because where there is happiness there is meaning and where there is meaning there is happiness.”

Because of her close brush with death earlier in her life, she had picked a number of quotes that might be used at her funeral. One of them, from Eleanor Roosevelt, said, “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself ‘I have lived through this horror, I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”