Thank you for visiting Carly's Kids - A Foundation for Education.
This website is dedicated to my life-long best friend and the foundation created In her honor. Our families were next-door neighbors and we've been friends ever since we first learned to walk and talk. Growing up, you would never hear Mr. or Mrs. coming from either of us --- just Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt and Uncle…We have always been family. There is no better way for me to describe the depth of our friendship and the unconditional love I have for this soul, but to call her my sister. Carly was there for me through the good and the bad. It's an indescribable feeling never having to explain yourself to someone, they just know because they've been right there with you the entire way.
Carly was a special person. I have never and will never know anyone else like her. She had the ability to brighten up your worst days just by being there. There was something in her voice that made you trust the advice she gave, without any question. Carly was one for adventures, she was always on the move and never let anything slow her down. Not even cancer. She loved her life and made you want to love yours too, because she was a part of it. Carly smothered you with her presence; always wanting to be close to those she loved. I will forever miss her hugs and the way she would hang on just a little bit longer. These were the little reminders to me that I would never feel alone, as long as I had her.
Losing Carly is one of the hardest things that I will ever have to face in life. I never imagined my life without her in it. She was my strength and my backbone, when I didn't have it for myself. There is a void that is only partially filled by what we have created, the efforts that we put forth in her name everyday and by the love of her family. I am thankful to them for allowing me to be part of it.
Carly's Kids - A Foundation for Education focuses on two great causes that in someway have touched the lives of each and every one of us --- education and medical research. It is a great way, not only to carry on a mission that Carly would have had for herself, but to honor her as well. We are building this foundation with the hope and determination to make a difference. Whether it be supporting students of the Holy Family School or helping to get one step closer to finding a cure to a horrific disease, we want to positively affect the lives of others the same way that Carly did every day.
Carly touched the lives of so many people, whether she spent her whole life with them or just a few moments. I was fortunate enough to have had this beautiful, brilliant, courageous person in my life for all 24 years that she was here with us. I know that it has been a blessing to have the same person, especially the person who Carly was, by my side for as long as I can remember and I am forever grateful.
A piece of my heart lives in heaven.