Dear Family and Friends,
As many of you know, we lost my mom, Kathy Barry, this past December to complications from Cardio Pulmonary Hypertension, Pulmonary Fibrosis and COPD. A devastating loss to say the least. This year, in memory of my mother, I'll be running the NYC Marathon as part of the The American Lung Association NYC Marathon Team.
The American Lung Association is the leading health organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. Whether it’s searching for cures to lung diseases, keeping kids off tobacco or fighting for laws that protect the air we all breathe, the work of the American Lung Association saves lives every day.
My mom was an amazing person who touched many lives with her caring way. My brother's tribute to her in her obituary sums up my mother perfectly:
Kathy was a teacher by temperament, a listener by disposition, a giver by nature. Some people, including her husband and lifelong love Bobby, can light up a room; Kathy, in one-on-one conversations at the edge of that room, would light up people's hearts with the knowledge that they were loved, that they mattered. In her final hours, her faculties compromised by the effects of her condition and the medications that kept her comfortable, she continued to look after those around her: several times saying "I am ok, I am comfortable" as her first words upon regaining consciousness; and in a moment of partial lucidity, offering Bobby, himself recovering from knee surgery, some of the hospital's morphine.
I miss my mom everyday. She was my best friend, my biggest fan. I could always count on her to be there when I needed advice, someone to listen or someone to laugh with. Her loss leaves an enormous hole in our family.
I know you have many options when donating money, next time you give, please consider givng to this cause.