The saddest day...

Today, my sister, Karen Wyler, succumbed to the brain cancer she had been fighting for nearly two years.  She had recently taken a turn for the worse.  The latest round of chemo was unsuccessful and the tumors had spread to other areas in her brain.  She was suffering from memory loss, aphasia and seizures.  Karen was incredibly strong-she fought this until the end.  I am thankful that my sister, Wendy, happened to be here.  

Thank you to everyone who has supported us during this time-friends of Karen's, Kasey's, my parent's and mine.  Even people who didn't know Karen but knew of her struggles.  This is an incredibly difficult time for us but we are thankful for all of you, your kind words and prayers.  Please continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we navigate this difficult journey.  

Services will be held for Karen at Congregation Shaarai Zedek in Tampa on Monday (March 9, 2011), at 9am.  In lieu of flowers, my family is requesting that you make a donation to the Moffitt Cancer Center  ( in Karen's name.  


You're here because you care.  Period.  And we thank you for that.  You either know Karen or you know about her.  Maybe you're a friend from high school or from work.  Maybe you met Karen in a Mom's group or at Tae Kwon Do.  Maybe even at Moffitt.  Regardless, you're here.  

My sister is strong.  She has endured chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, hospitalization, seizures, fear, hope, pain, and the daily struggles, joys, challenges, successes and failures that make up her life.  She has had very good days and very bad days. And many of you have been there every step of the way.

"Strength suggests the capacity to do something. Strength  is the inherent capacity to manifest energy, to endure, and to resist."

Karen has a tough road ahead of her.  Your support means everything to her-to us. Providing meals for my family, taking Kasey out for play dates, helping my parents with cleaning, mowing the lawn and fixing things around the house, gives them the time to care for Karen.  These tasks may seem menial to some.  But they will help them (help Karen) more than you know.

I know you are busy.  You may have your own family to care for, a job that takes 40-60 hours of your time each week or another friend or family member who needs your undivided attention.  But every little bit helps.  An hour, a visit, a few minutes to talk.  Check out this video.  If you are able to help in any way, please email me at 


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