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Maria Hunt Hancock: In celebration of a beautiful life

I have no words to go with this post right now because writing will make me cry, crying gives me a headache, and I’ve had a headache all week (from crying). When my heartache is a little more bearable, I will post my memories of my beautiful, courageous oldest sister. Meanwhile, here is a slideshow Ally and I put together for Maria’s funeral.



Big Climb

The overblown, schmaltzy strains of Queen’s “We Are the Champions” filled my ears as I stepped through the doors of the 73rd floor of the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle. I had just climbed 1,311 stairs — 69 floors — in Seattle’s tallest building to help raise awareness and money (by the way, you still have time to donate) for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, but I didn’t feel like much of a champion. The first 60 floors of the Big Climb were pretty easy as I kept a steady, gentle pace floor after floor. But when the bracelet Maria gave me the day of Celia’s funeral snapped in half after catching on my pocket, I just wanted to be done, so I raced up the last nine floors. I was a sweaty, breathless mess by the time I got to the top, and I had awhile to wait while Meg caught up with me. Thinking time.

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