The Garlick Press has been involved in a couple of projects; one has put me in Jocie's room quite frequently (more on that later). Last night I picked up one of her books that had virtually remained unopened for the past three years. I came across a slip of paper titled "Women I Admire." Three names made the list. While I consider it an honor to be identified among the other two, it was the last name on the list that resonates with me today...Sarah Burke.
Heartbreaking news...Sarah Burke passed away today in Park City, nine days after crashing at the bottom of a training run on the superpipe.
I can't help but weep for her family, knowing how empty their hearts and lives will be without this incredible young woman. The pain is all too familiar; an eternal wound that never quite heals. Both Sarah and Jocie left this world doing the very thing they loved most in life...how many of us will be able to say that? My prayers humbly reach out to every member of Sarah's grieving family.
Undeniably, she was Jocie's idol in the skiing world, but it was Sarah's charitable work that my impressionable young fifteen-year old daughter thought notable in her list. I believe that speaks volumes to Sarah's impact on young women. Because of her passion for skiing and the desire to make our world a better place, Sarah's legacy will carry on where her physical life has been cut short.
Tonight...I have to imagine Jocie and Sarah will somehow meet on those snow-covered slopes in heaven. Appropriately...the heavens are showering Sarah's earthly departure with snowflakes.
Bless you Sarah...you will be missed!