To the Legion-
As a noun, Legion means “a vast host, multitude, or number of people and things” and as an adjective, it is defined as “great in number”. Without question, both describe Leann’s Legion completely.
Her Legion… our Legion, never ceases to amaze me. It is grand in those that are a part of it, know about it, support it, believe in it, fight for it, and my favorite, love it because you loved her.
As a Legion, we now work to keep Leann’s memory alive.
For me, that means remembering all the good, bad, happy, sad, and funny memories we had and sharing them with Avery and Lennon. It means that I don’t stop talking about her, or even, talking to her at times. It means that when I feel the wind wrap around me, that I whisper a ‘thank you’ or say ‘hello’. It means that I know I have a responsibility to fight for a cure for those still living with CF.
This year, I am reaching out to our Legion. Old, and maybe new friends. I am reaching out to ask you to remember a memory you have with Leann. Maybe share it with someone else who knew her or someone you wish could have had the chance to meet her. Keep her memory alive. Embrace the emotion that comes with it—and I hope that even if it feels hard, that maybe it also makes you smile to remember someone who impacted all our lives more than we even knew when she was still here fighting.
As I type this, I am flooded with so many emotions. But mostly, I miss having my sister. I miss the girls getting to have you as an aunt. I miss having you as a friend. It has always been an honor to be a part of your Legion. I promise you that we will always fight for a cure, talk about you to the girls so that they feel they truly know who you were, and I promise, not a day will go by that I won’t stop missing and thinking about you. You, my angel, are so loved and missed.
So, Leann’s Legion, here’s to you and your constant love and support. Here’s to you keeping her memory alive and strengthening us through challenging times of grief. Here’s to walking in her memory this year. I am so thankful for everyone in our Legion. Words will never come close to describing what it means.
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