On October 1, 2017, Leah was leaving a bar in Lawrence, KS, and was fatally shot when gunfire erupted in the college town. Leah died on the scene, her best friend at her side. She was just 22.
Leah wore a beautiful, contagious smile and carried an irreverent charm. She played volleyball, basketball, and soccer. Growing up, Leah worked her way up to counselor and horse specialist at YMCA Camp Chief Ouray in the Rocky Mountains, where she spent summers for more than a decade. Leah also became an organ donation advocate after years of working with “Kidney Campers.”
Everyone who knew her loved her. She marched to her own drum and was unapologetic about being true to herself and those she loved. She was grateful and gracious, appreciative of the smallest gestures of love. Always putting others before herself, Leah felt strongly about organ donation, and her gifts will benefit at least 50 recipients. We’ve been told that one of Leah’s corneas went to a 22-year-old man in the Midwest and the other was transplanted internationally. We loved hearing this, knowing Leah wanted to travel the world. I hope these individuals can see the world a bit like Leah did. She left her mark and would have been proud to give the gift of sight.