I am writing to let you know that my mom, Katrina Scott-George, died yesterday afternoon after a nearly 7-year fight with breast cancer. I am glad to say that she was at home and surrounded by people who loved her. After weeks of discomfort she finally seemed to have found some peace in the last few days, and the end was quick and came in her sleep. She did become deeply tired near the end but she never stopped being her powerful self. We are mourning her loss and feel sad for the hard struggle she had to go through, but are also fiercely proud of her amazing fight, her strength and her courage, and are grateful that she was able to have the passing that she always said she wanted.
As our family works to respond to this huge loss, we find ourselves needing a bit of quieter time, so we are hoping that you might hold off on visiting for the moment. We are planning a memorial where we can share our remembrances collectively, and this will likely be held on Memorial Day weekend (May 26-28) -- after my brother, Kaz, has officially graduated from Harvard. As many of you know, that was a major goal of hers, so we want to make sure we see it through before moving on to this next stage. We will be in touch in the next few days to communicate more details about the event.
In the meantime, if any of you would like to make a donation in her name, we suggest a couple of charities that our family benefited from greatly and which I know she would have loved to see supported:
- bcmets.org - an online community for women living with breast cancer that provided my mom with both support and critical medical information as she worked to advocate for her own care - http://bcmets.org/donate, and
- Oaktown Jazz - a community jazz education group that was important in helping Kaz find his love of music - http://www.oaktownjazz.org/.
Thank you for being a part of her support network -- for growing up with her, raising kids alongside her, working for change with her, laughing with her, pushing her, listening to her, learning from her, and otherwise loving and caring for her both physically and emotionally. In the last 24 hours, we have already received many notes from those of you whose lives my mom touched in some important way, and it has helped to give us an even deeper sense of the enormous size of her footprint on this world. We look forward to getting to hear and share more of these amazing stories over the next few weeks.
With much love and appreciation,
Kuelli (and Wally and Kaz)