Sometimes when a person dies, the people that make up her life won’t fully understand her impact until after she’s gone. But in Amy’s case, each and every individual that met her, instantly knew exactly how special she really was. I posted the blog on Tuesday for my dear friend Mia Laudato, in honor of her best friend, Amy Furman Ames, a woman I thought was absolutely remarkable, simply through the facebook messages and postings we shared over the course of several months. I knew that people loved her, but it’s amazing to see the impact in numbers. Within 24 hours, over 10,000 people read and shared it. (ps – my highest posting before this was 335). People around the world are being inspired by her greatness. Right now, less than 3 days later, that number is now over 16,500, and has reached over 60 countries. I mean, I don’t even think I ever heard of Liechtenshtein, Oman, or Azerbaijan. But someone there is now inspired by a woman so great, words can no longer express. She is literally wrapping her arms around the world in her greatness. Even now, she never ceases to amaze me.
Her family and friends have now laid her to rest, but their time celebrating this wonderful woman hasn’t ceased. She will forever live on each person she encountered – guaranteed. Unfortunately, it takes something as horrible as losing such an angel to make us realize what is truly important in life. Material things no longer matter. We’ll lose sight of this in months to come, but something will happen that will remind you of Amy, and you will be reminded to put your priorities in place. We never know how long we are here. And even worse, things can change with the blink of an eye. If you were to leave today with just one thing, leave with this. Live your life as great and tremendous as you possibly can. Make a difference to each and every person you come in contact with. As with Amy, a little goes a long way.
If you want to do something more, Amy’s brother Scott posted this in the online facebook group:
“Many have asked about organizations that they could donate to in memory of my sister. Amy had many causes that were close to her heart – way too many to list. Please don’t feel restricted by this suggested group below:
Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Gina McReynolds Foundation
Notices of donations can be sent to Amy’s mother:
256 Sayre Drive
Princeton, NJ 08540
Some have also also asked if there is anything they can do to assist her son, Jacob. I have set up a 529 education savings plan that anyone can make contributions to. If that interests you, please send me a private message or email containing your full name and email address. (It may take me a few days to respond to these, but I promise to get back to everybody.)”
To Amy: Goodbye, hot mama. I’ll see you in tonight’s sunset, tomorrow’s sunrise and in the kindness of a stranger.