Kristen was the most beautiful person on the inside as well as the outside. She was a protector, kind of like a mama hen, not only to her family, but also to all of her friends. Once you were a friend of Kristen, you were guaranteed loyalty and 100% of her heart. Kristen had an unforgettable smile that would light up any room and it was usually followed by a contagious laugh that carried a cute little snort. Everyday was a new day for new experiences, new love and new friendship. Kristen fought for the underdog; she was fearless in life. We never saw anything shake her faith or strength, not even the day she was diagnosed with a malignant Brain Tumor.
For 28 years, Kristen lived as a loving daughter, extraordinary mother, wonderful sister and a best friend. The last 2 years of her life, she lived as our hero. We have never admired the strength and courage of any person as we did Kristen. While taking on chemotherapy, radiation and multiple surgeries to “cure” her brain tumor, she still asked everyone else if they were okay. She still wore her beautiful smile and granted us the joy of hearing her laughter. Kristen stayed true to herself through her greatest adversities and struggles in life. On April 30th, 2008, Kristen took her last breath at age 30 after an unfathomable and cataclysmic war with brain cancer. Cancer may have taken
her physical body, but it never took her spirit, smile or
laughter. She beat cancer. We are so proud of
Kristen Renee and she will always be our hero…