Monday, November 17, 2014

Whitney's Legacy

Miss Whitney lost her fight with Leukemia on September 22nd, 2014.

We knew when the cancer came back so quickly after the transplant that we were in trouble. The treatment path we chose was what we thought gave her the best chance to beat it, but her poor battered body couldn't handle the treatment and her liver failed. It has been 2 months since she left us and I still cry as I try to write this. Things turned so quickly and our world was so chaotic that I didn't write any blog entries since her relapse.

I turn back to this blog as our plans for her legacy come together. We knew right away that we needed to honor her love for the University of Kansas Women's Basketball program, so we sat down with them and decided that the best way to honor Whitney and help the team was to endow a Women's Basketball scholarship in Whitney's name.

When scholarships like these are endowed, the "seed" money for the scholarship is raised at a level that allows for the annual interest to pay for the scholarship. This will allow Whitney's story to be re-visited every year when it is awarded to one of the basketball players.

Whitney won't be able to out live us herself, but with your help, her memory will.

We are doing good job of raising money for this, but we still have a ways to go. I am asking for your help to keep Whitney's story alive. Donations are tax deductible and even the smallest amount helps.

Send donations in honor of the Whitney Van Dyke Live Life To The Fullest And Fight Harder Scholarship benefiting Kansas Women's Basketball to KU Endowment, P.O. Box 928, Lawrence, KS 66044 or give online at www.kuendowment.org/givenow. Be sure to put Whitney Van Dyke Live Life To The Fullest And Fight Harder Scholarship in the benefit box of the form.

Donations are eligible for Williams Fund credit if requested.

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