Saturday, June 13, 2015

Our Friend Lisa Shapiro

An honor to call you my friend Lisa Shapiro.
Her legacy of being a passionate voice for the animals, 
animal rights activist and teacher for compassionate living will live on forever. 
May she rest in peace. 

Lisa Shapiro died peacefully in her sleep 
surrounded by loving friends on 11:11 pm June 11, 2015. 
I had dinner at her club house just last Saturday, June 6th.
It was one final Boulder, Colorado Vegan Meet Up Potluck Event at Lisa's club house.
Lisa was too weak to walk over__ so I knew.
I will miss Lisa, but I'm glad she no longer suffers.

Yes, even Vegans can get cancer, although somewhat rare. She died of stage 4 breast cancer, yet never even knew she was sick until just a few months before her death.

That night I met Tofurky Founder Seth Tibbot, he flew out from Hood River, Oregon, to offer his support to Lisa. He had made many trips. Seth treated Lisa like a cherished family member. He took care of all her financial needs. She was so much more than just his co-worker (and Seth the stellar boss we all wish we had). Well, to all of us she was a guiding light, friend, teacher & inspirer.

Lisa touched many lives, 4 years ago she took the time to help teach me how to switch over to Veganism. She voluntarily walked me aisle by aisle of the entire grocery store introducing me to all the vegan options. To all of us who knew her, she was the real deal, a living Saint! 

Seth wrote a lovely obituary;

Lisa will be remembered at the National Animal Rights Conference 2015 on July 30 - Aug 2 at the Hilton Mark Center in Alexandria in a number of ways:
* At the Saturday banquet, there will be a eulogy by Seth Tibbott and Donna Rhodes, with music and photographs being screened.
* The annual Youth Award has been renamed after her
* She is likely to receive the Grassroots Activist Award.
* On Sunday, at 6:30pm, friends and family will gather to remember Lisa's life and accomplishments. Refreshments will be served. 

This will be followed by a large celebration of animal rights at 8pm, New Orleans - style, as Lisa would have wanted. 
The celebration is open to all.