Everyone's invited to the candlelight vigil on the day that reminds us we've spent a year without the smile of our friend Brandy. It's a time to support each other, and we're welcoming those who are interested to prepare something to say about Brandy. How you met her, your favorite memory, anything. We're meeting at 8pm on May 17th, 2013 at Brandy's bench. To get to Brandy's bench, you go to the campus of Youngstown State University and find Kilcawley Center. Outside of Kilcawley is "the Big Rock" surrounded by four benches. Brandy's is the shiniest, new bench. We'll provide candles! See you there.
St Patty's Day Parade, Library Fund Raiser
Hi, everyone. I wanted to share a bit about the past week, and what it brought in memory of Brandy.
Sunday the tenth of March was the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Boardman, OH, Brandy's hometown. Brandy's family and friends gathered together to march. It was a beautiful day.
A few days after the parade was a fundraiser held at the Library.
The Teen Advisory Board here was something Brandy was a part of for several years as a teenager. The directors of this program knew Brandy well and chose to honor her by conducting a fundrasier she would love; they would duct tape her cousin to a wall with tape purchased by donors. All money would go toward a shelf dedicated to her memory. It was a great way to honor Brandy.
Memorial Bench Dedication
Big thanks to eveyone who donated toward Brandy's bench!
A few words about Brandy
"When I met Brandy, she possessed a teenage angst the size of a football stadium. And I loved that about her. Brandy never settled for anything less than she wanted. Brandy loved deeply and entirely. She was passionate, and had the ability to express her passion through words and actions. She once wrote,
"We humans live for compassion. It is written in Darwin. In every known clinical research done, humans strive for that one hug from their mother or that one comforting word from a friend."
Brandy shared that when she was a toddler, she would get time-outs for yelling at her mother from the backseat of the car to drive faster. This may have led to her receiving a go-kart as a child. She loved going to her cousins to go four-wheeling.
"I learned that it's fun to ride in the rain," she said, "That donuts aren't good for the yard, and thorns are hard to remove. Not from my skin, but from my helmet."
Her friends remember taking adventures with her. Diet Mountain Dew, Diet Vault, like Brandy needed energy drinks. They remember lying on the pavement staring at the stars with her. Holding her hand, taking walks, going to concerts. She fell in love with music, as she was a poet as well. She proudly claimed herself an orch-dork in highschool. Brandy would play Mario Kart and DJ Hero all day if she could. Brandy was as clever as a fox, and perhaps the most witty person I've known. She said once,
"If it wasn't for having to see other people naked, I'd live in a nudest colony."
I was recently asked what Brandy does for a living. Well… Brandy is a comedian. She'll pick you up with words. She's a librarian, an encyclopedia of knowledge. Brandy is a therapist, a shoulder for all of her friends. She lived for helping others, for making other people feel comfortable, for love. Brandy is a musician. She is a spectrum of colors, a renaissance woman, if you will.
All Brandy wanted was to be herself in a world without prejudice, and I believe Brandy achieved that goal. Brandy was an inspiration to others to not fear who you are, but to embrace yourself.
And nothing of this has changed. Brandy is still all of these things. She's just counting on us to activate our memories and keep her alive. She shared 20 years with us, and now it is time to cherish those years." - Eulogy