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The Link - Fall 2019

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A Message of Gratitude & Hope WE HAVE BEEN struggling to fi nd words to adequately convey our sincere gratitude to you, The Country Day School community. Simply said, we will be forever grateful. The Country Day School gave Steph the opportunity to grow and prove her worth as an educator, develop her academic potential, realize many of her goals, learn from inspiring colleagues, and develop close friendships – too many to mention. You know who you are. You gave Steph strength. Your many acts of kindness and support through her illness fuelled Steph's resolution. The numerous visits, calls, prayers, gifts of love, messages of encouragement, text messages and heartfelt demonstra- tions of support meant she was never alone in her fi ght. You honoured Steph: Terry Fox Day's "Team Col- lins," Steph's "Gathering," the dedication of her "Talking Circle" and your generous contributions to the David Cornfi eld Melanoma Fund in support of Steph's wish to see sunscreen dispensing stations throughout the property. You sheltered our family and are with us in our loss, tending to us with kindness and compassion. We sincerely thank all the faculty and staff who gave of their time organizing the celebration Steph wanted. While our family was too numb to act, you did. All was just as Steph had envisioned. As grieving parents, hope is diffi cult to fi nd. Many have speculated that there is a "hole in our hearts." While our hearts ache terribly, that hole is in our lives. Steph con- tinues to fi ll our hearts and will forever. Our hope is that Stephanie will continue to fi ll your hearts as well – that Steph not be forgotten or simply be a name on a plaque but a cherished spirit at the core of The Country Day School community. We have tremendous confi dence that you will keep Steph in your hearts. It gives us great comfort. With sincere gratitude & hope, Martha & Ron Collins

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