The Loss of a Great Person and Classmate – Kayte’s Story

A few months back I posted about Kayte, a classmate of mine in pharmacy school.  She had been diagnosed with colon cancer and was determined to fight.  Unfortunately, she lost her battle.  I can’t help but think of what my dad used to say when I was kid, “life’s not fair”.  Life isn’t fair, and it wasn’t fair to Kayte or her family.  I’m taking a break from educating tonight, because I would appreciate anything you could offer to Kayte’s family.

A few wonderful classmates of mine (and Kayte’s) have started a scholarship fund to help pay for college for her and her husband’s three young children who will grow up without their mother.  Please follow the link below.

Another friend from my class summed up Kayte beautifully.

“The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it – basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them.” -Charles Bukowski, Tales of Ordinary

“She lost her battle with cancer, leaving behind the family she loved dearly. Please consider donating – generosity is powerful.”

Click here to read her story and consider donating – I would also ask you to share this post with your fellow pharmacist, nursing, medical, and other healthcare friends on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets.


  1. Marlene Taylor

    I am so sorry to read this story. I lost my mom at age 10 and my life has never been the same.I begged God never to take me from my kids before they were fully grown. I shudder to think how the battle to live and the though of not being there for her children must have troubled her.
    May she rest in peace and may our Lord Jesus shine his light upon her children always.

  2. Laurie

    I am a pharmacist and lost my only child to bacterial meningitis~Eric, you are so right; life is not always fair.
    I feel blessed to have a a wonderful profession and friends who support me.
    Thank-you for sharing Kayte’s story. None of us are promised tomorrow~only today.

  3. jack bowen rph

    Eric: Heartfelt condolences To Kayte’s family and friends. Her soul and spirit lives on! Sincerely Jack Bowen RPH

  4. judy_sw

    May the peace of God which passes all understanding, keep this family’s hearts and minds through Christ Jesus! Death is due to the sin in the world, but in the bible, God tell us “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:6-7.

  5. Patricia Kuku

    I am so sorry for your loss Eric. Kayte sounds like a truly wonderful person and you’re right; Life is anything but fair. May her soul rest in peace.


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Written By Eric Christianson

March 23, 2016

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