Kristy Lyn Haley

In Loving Memory

March 12, 1979 - November 29, 2000

"Our Special Guardian Angel"

 

 

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In her short life, Kristy was the strongest person we ever knew. Nothing ever came easy for her, if you would ever ask anyone who really knew her to describe her they would all say one thing in common: that she was a fighter. She hated to lose. She had to fight for everything from her grades, to winning games and in the end, her life. She constantly led life with her game face on. I can truly say that she led her life always helping others. Throughout the past few years, she was a volunteer at Creedmore Psychiatric Center where she helped brighten up the patient's day. I can remember one patient that she often spoke of who would not speak to anyone. Somehow Kristy was able to open that patient to conversation. That was Kristy: genuine and sincere, someone for all of us to relate to. In addition to Creedmore, she also worked for AHRC (Association for the Help of Retarded Children) where she took them out on the weekends. Most importantly, though, was the season she spent as a coach for the St. Francis Dechantal Church volleyball team. She honestly loved each one of the girls on the team. Even after the season was finished, she took time to go to their school games and watch them play. The girls looked up to her as more than a coach but rather as a dear friend. That was the way she was, always making lasting impressions. However, throughout the whole ordeal that she was going through she couldn't find a way to tell them about her illness. She was more concerned with how upset the girls would be rather than getting sympathy from them. The one thing, though, which truly identified who Kristy Lyn Haley was, is the courage that she

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possessed throughout her battle with melanoma. She never let the disease get the best of her. She always kept her chin up and accepted anything that life threw at her. Through her lung surgery and radiation, she continued to show that incredible smile that she was blessed with. She even showed that smile while we were on our way to Germany, hoping that we would return cancer-free. Unfortunately, that wasn't what God had planned for her. In Germany, despite her increasing pain she was still thankful to the doctors and nurses for their help. Most importantly, she put all her hopes, dreams and faith in Padre Pio, that he would make everything O.K. Right up to the last day, she held his relic and prayed to him in Italian because maybe he would understand her if she spoke in his language. Although God may not of given her the gift of life and health, God did manage to give her a gift of knowing that she was going to die. The night before she died, she told her mother and boyfriend everything that they already knew: that she loves them very much and that she is thankful for them being a big part of her life. Since learning of the news that the melanoma had returned in August, it had given her a new perspective on life. She noticed that there are so many people in this world who concern themselves with such minor issues and take their health, family and life for granted. Kristy, although you were only with us for a little while, you will remain in our hearts and souls forever.

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"It is a fearful thing to love what death can touch.
Always remember the last thing you say to people each day.
Because what if it happened to be the last thing you ever got to say to them?
The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.
A life with love will have some thorns, but a life without love will have no roses."

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One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; one belonged to him, and the other to the Lord. When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. he noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life. This really bothered him and he questioned the Lord about it. "Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, you'd walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that at the worst times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. How could you leave me when I needed you the most?" The Lord replied " My precious, precious child, I love you and would never leave you. During your times of suffering and when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you."

 

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Donations can be made to:

LICF-Kristy Lyn Haley Memorial Fund

1740 Old Jericho Tpke.

Jericho, NY 11753

This fund was set up to remember our "Special Guardian Angel" Kristy Lyn Haley who even to the last day was worried that in the years to come, she would be forgotten. Each year, the fund will make grants, in her name, to needy organizations that the family selects.