Normally, on Saturday, I write about software but this week, I’d like to share some thoughts about my business partner’s wife, Helen Gardner.
I’ve known Helen for over 15 years and have always admired her. She was a smart businesswoman, loving wife and mother but when faced with a terminal diagnosis of ovarian cancer, my friend Helen Gardner did not sit down. Oh no, she did everything in her power (and beyond!) to live every remaining day of her life in full throttle. She fought. She researched her disease and even educated her doctors! She did not take NO for an answer. She said YES to everything and wanted everyone else to also say YES.
She started a foundation so that other women would not suffer from this terrible disease. In the three years since the inception of the Be the Difference Foundation was started, over $1,000,000 has been raised for research and awareness. But Helen was more than ovarian cancer. She was beautiful – inside and out. Funny, brilliant and creative. Blessed with a sharp wit and kind heart, she had a solution to any problem. She was a devoted wife and mother and her family was her most treasured possession.
Helen passed away on August 20, 2014 surrounded by her loved ones. To say she will be missed, is an understatement because Helen was a woman who made a difference in the lives of everyone she touched. Her spirit lives on in her family, friends and the Be The Difference Foundation. In Helen’s memory, her family is asking for donations to the Be the Difference Foundation. You can learn more here.