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IN MEMORY OF

McCarley Jean Rutledge

 

Late on Wednesday, November 24th, Carley’s battle with Ewing sarcoma ended at age 27. Between Carley’s initial diagnosis in 2010 and these last months, Carley had many healthy and vibrant years. Although cancer had weakened her body, it never weakened her spirit and she died as she lived, as a bright light, blessing those around her.

 

We often compare cancer to a battle, but really, her battle wasn’t against cancer at all. It was against despair. Anyone who knew Carley knows that she triumphed to the end. She never once complained, and in her last breaths she was saying thank you to me, the nurses, her doctors. Like Carley, we say thank you. Thank you for the light you brought to our lives, Carley.

 

We are thankful for the joy and laughter that Carley brought to all of us, and thankful to God for her beautiful life.

 

Carley posted on her birthday: “There is power in me yet; my race is not yet run.” Carley, we know your light will continue to bless others, even after you have gone.

 

Laura

IN MEMORY OF

Alan Ebertz

 

Alan Ebertz, long time friend and supporter of RCF has passed away after a long battle with Ewing Sarcoma. Alan’s wife, Laura, advocated tirelessly on his behalf and they were persistent in their work to push for a cure for Ewing’s Sarcoma.

 

Alan was a loyal and devoted husband, father, son, brother and friend, who loved to coach soccer with various local soccer clubs. Alan worked for many years at Mindex Technologies. His favorite things in life were spending time with family and friends. He was a lifelong Rams football fan and had a passion for sports, cooking, and grilling.

 

RCF will continue to honor Alan’s legacy and we will not give up until we find a cure.

IN MEMORY OF

Krishna Rani Broker

 

Krishna Rani Broker was born on April 15, 2007 to Deepika and Harshal Broker. As the oldest, Krishy loved being a mini-mom to Anjali and Nikhil. She is and will always be loved as a selfless and caring soul, taking care of others instinctively, even asking about the welfare of others when she was in the hospital herself.

 

Krishy loved to entertain and engage with everyone around her and drew them in with her infectious laugh and beautiful smile. Her favorite singer was Billie Eilish and she loved to dance to her music. Krishy was always busy doing arts and crafts, tie dye, and practicing to be a horror SFX artist. She wanted to be a chef, scientist, choir teacher, nurse, and SFX artist all at once. Krishy loved candy, bunnies, hip hop dancing, dogs in general and Bujji in particular, sushi and anything pink!

 

She is survived by her parents, Harshal & Deepika Broker; siblings, Anjali and Nikhil; favorite aunt, Monica Gopu; and grandparents, Nirmala & Vijay Gopu, and Reena & Sunil Broker; and many loving family and friends.

IN MEMORY OF

James Lawson Penny

 

James Lawson Penny “Lawson” passed away on April 10, 2021, at the age of 31. Lawson was born in Fort Worth, Texas, on December 1, 1989. He attended Trinity Valley School, The University of Texas at Arlington, and the University of Texas at Austin.

 

Lawson was a very intelligent, witty, sensitive and kind person, with a burning desire to achieve excellence in whatever he pursued. He would dive “full speed ahead” into various endeavors, ranging from attending the Hank Haney School of Golf in South Carolina to participating in Strongman competitions in Texas. Lawson enjoyed being cast in several short films while at UT Austin, as well as singing with his beautiful, powerful voice (resulting in ear ringing for innocent bystanders!) Lawson was dearly loved and will be deeply, deeply missed. He left this earth far too soon. His family takes comfort in knowing that we will all be with him again in eternity.

IN MEMORY OF

Lilli Curry

 

Lilli was an amazing person and had an extraordinary gift of sharing her love for life in a way that brought out the best in others. She could relate to and connect with anyone from all walks of life. She was fun and creative and compassionate and a million other amazing qualities. She loved learning and doing everything…everything except fighting cancer. But, she rarely complained about the fight in her five-year battle with Ewing Sarcoma.

 

And, goodness, was she a fighter. She battled through more chemo treatments and surgeries and radiation and clinical trials in five years than anyone should have to in 10 lifetimes, let alone a child. But when the end came, she peacefully settled into the loving arms of a host of angels who escorted her to heaven. She passed away at the way too young age of 16. She shed her decaying earthly body for the perfect one Jesus had waiting for her in heaven. Her family, friends and those who knew her were blessed by her and miss her deeply. But, we also know we will see her again. Knowing she will be there to welcome us gives us comfort.

 

(Written by Lilli’s father, John Curry)

 

Lilli’s family has established the Lilli Curry Memorial Fund to go toward promising research for Ewing sarcoma. It is their passion to find a cure that is less toxic, allowing everyone afflicted with this disease to live a long and healthy life. Thank you for your generosity and compassion in supporting this most important work in honor of Lilli.

Lilli’s family has established the Lilli Curry Memorial Fund to go toward promising research for Ewing sarcoma. It is their passion to find a cure that is less toxic, allowing everyone afflicted with this disease to live a long and healthy life. Thank you for your generosity and compassion in supporting this most important work in honor of Lilli.

IN MEMORY OF

Walker Reese

 

Walker was an amazing and loving son, brother, cousin and friend, who will be missed dearly. His passion was baseball; playing, watching, talking about it with anyone who had knowledge of the game. He was a stand-out left-handed pitcher, who played at the highest level. As a Senior in High School, in spite of his cancer diagnosis, he was given a walk-on invitation to play at Abilene Christian University. Everyone had hope for a full recovery.

 

Diagnosed at age 19 with Desmoplastic small round cell tumor (DSRCT), a rare form of sarcoma, Walker determined to beat this disease. Stopping baseball only during his grueling treatments, he bravely persevered, fully expecting to return to the mound. Throughout his three year battle, he continued to set an example of positivity and perseverance. He took joy in knowing his family, friends and faith were always there to see him through. His life exemplified Jesus’ faith through suffering, his compassion and love for others, and living life with an eternal perspective for what God has in store beyond this life.

 

His family has no doubt that he is in heaven pitching perfect games! Walker continues to inspire and motivate us all to live our lives to the fullest, and to find a cure to this dreadful disease.

IN MEMORY OF

Wyatt Donahue

 

David Wyatt Donahue passed away, peacefully, in Austin, Texas on Friday, April 13, 2021 at the age of 27. Born in Memphis, Tennessee on June 2, 1993, Wyatt became a Texan when his family moved to Fort Worth in 1996. After attending Trinity Valley School for 13 years, he studied at The University of Mississippi, where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree of Business Administration in 2016.

 

He immediately began his Risk Management career at Brown and Riding Insurance Services Inc. and then joined Risk Placement Services (RPS) as a Broker in 2019, and had advanced to the position of Area Assistant Vice President.

 

Wyatt loved life, his friends, family, travel, football, soccer, Ole Miss, Texas, the MAVs, skiing, and fishing. He expressed his beliefs and opinions- always original- with eloquence and passion. He always defended the underdog. Given the importance Wyatt always attributed to the needy in our community and the health of his dearest friends, memorial donations may be made to the two organizations nearest and dearest to his heart. Rutledge Cancer Foundation is honored to be chosen as one of those organizations.

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