Monday, April 6, 2009

Rest in Peace, Beth Jenkins

Beth Jenkins, my former high school teacher and All School Musical Producer, died yesterday of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease).

She was diagnosed when I was in high school - and taught for as long as she could.  I have so much respect for her - for having a passion for literature and theater, for letting her students express themselves, for not letting an illness define who she was, for teaching when it didn't come easy and for loving life up until the very end.

Rest in Peace, Ms. Jenkins
*For Everything There is a Season*

5,600 people in the United States are diagnosed with ALS every year.  From the time of diagnosis, the life expectancy for the individual is two to five years.  For more information on what you can do to support the fight against it, go here.

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