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Amy

Amy was former soccer stand-out in college. She turned to marathon running initially to support a friend's two children who were diagnosed with leukemia, and continued running despite her own cancer diagnosis in 2013. Through her courageous marathon running and battle against a rare neuroendocrine cancer, she hoped to show her own two children that "you can get through obstacles, you can get through challenging times, and you can get through them with a smile on your face." Amy passed away on February 27, 2014.

In this video Amy reflects on why she decided to film a Legacy Video (calling it emergency preparedness), what she wants for her children, and her philosophy on life and happiness. 

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Eva

Eva was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in September, 2015 at 32 years old. She continues to fight tirelessly and is currently undergoing her third course of treatment. Eva decided to record a Legacy Video to be able to leave something behind for her daughter (3 years old), husband and family, who have been a constant source of love and support. She hopes she will be remembered as "a good person [who] was good to others... and funny and smart." :)

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Kerry

Kerry, facing breast cancer for the second time, reflects on her decision to record a Legacy Video. "I thought it would be a really special gift for me and for my family... and hopefully when I'm 80, I'll get to watch it with my family, but if not, it will be nice to have something important to leave behind..." 

Stokes

Stokes an eccentric, fun-loving, San Franciscan man, shares his coping process as he's dealt with chronic pain and HIV.  As soon as our team entered Stokes' home, we were greeted with big hugs. We hadn't known Stokes for more than a minute but felt right at home in his warm, cozy apartment, decorated with a number of his original paintings. Stokes uses art and poetry as form of expression and therapy to cope with his illnesses, and reached out to the Legacy Project team hoping to discover a new medium for expression and way to connect with people on a larger scale. We hope that sharing a small clip of Stokes' video will help him be "understood" - something all people battling illness can empathize with. 

Nancy

Nancy spoke slowly and thoughtfully due to her breast cancer, which had spread to her brain, but her sense of humor certainly still came through. When asked to describe herself in three words, Nancy, 66 years young, paused for a moment and responded, "I'm a tough, little girl." 

Jeanette

Jeanette, a 54 year old woman with Huntington's disease, discusses why she chose to film a Legacy Video and gives a thoughtful testimonial to the process. 

Lesley

Lesley was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine lung cancer in November of 2013, which has since metastasized. In this short clip, Lesley shares some of her motivation for filming a Legacy Video and encourages others to film as well. "Once you get started, it's easy!" 

 Lesley, her husband, Andrew, and their two children, coupled their visit to San Francisco to film a Legacy Video with a fun children's concert at the local Jewish Community Center. After first filming together as a family, reminiscing on fun family stories and trips, Lesley filmed alone. She told stories about how she and Andrew met, their wedding, early days with her two children, and also passed along bits of advice her children. As a passionate, life-long learner, with JD from Stanford in law on top of a PhD from UC Berkeley, Lesley hoped her children would find school and learning similarly engaging. 

Lesley, her husband, Andrew, and their two children, coupled their visit to San Francisco to film a Legacy Video with a fun children's concert at the local Jewish Community Center. After first filming together as a family, reminiscing on fun family stories and trips, Lesley filmed alone. She told stories about how she and Andrew met, their wedding, early days with her two children, and also passed along bits of advice her children. As a passionate, life-long learner, with JD from Stanford in law on top of a PhD from UC Berkeley, Lesley hoped her children would find school and learning similarly engaging. 

Scott

Scott was a loving husband, father, son and brother. He is seen here with his wife reading his son one of his favorite bedtime stories...Clark had a different idea for how it should be read ("no, no, no, no"). Scott's cancer eventually took his life on December 7, 2013. He is remembered by friends and family as "a kind, fun-loving, selfless person with a big smile, contagious optimism, and zest for life."

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Messages for Clark

The love in the room was palpable during this recording. Scott had many messages for Clark, but the most important was to know that Clark's mother loved him very much and to love her back. 

Tricia

 

During our Legacy Video filming, Tricia recounted her incredible journey through life – how she was born with cerebral palsy and learned to navigate the healthcare system at a young age; how she survived pancreatitis and multiple surgeries; and most recently, how she has faced breast cancer and all that comes with it. Tricia has used her experiences as motivation to help others and has focused her energy on advocating for people with disabilities. Although her health is declining, Tricia says, “I’m not ready to go yet, I have too much to do.” Tricia continues her advocacy work from bed through phone conferences and hopes to inspire others through her Legacy Video.

Here are some of Tricia's moving, humorous and thoughtful words, and only a couple of Tricia's many thank yous to family, friends and caregivers. Smokey Robinson is playing in the ground - Tricia's favorite.

Lori

Lori was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011.  In thinking about what she could do or leave her sons, Lori consulted her friends who had lost their own mothers at a young age. They all agreed that they wished that a video recording of their mothers because one of their greatest losses was not being able to remember subtleties of their moms' voices and funny facial expressions. 

Here are some of Lori's reflections on her motivation to film a Legacy video for her children.