Melrose lost a wonderful person last week with the passing of Cara Linehan Buckwell, who died at the age of only 34, leaving her husband and baby daughter behind. Cara was a lively young woman who was a wonderful support to her family through her younger sister Laura’s illness. She coached young people in swimming, and after Laura died while waiting for a liver transplant, Cara ran the Boston Marathon to raise awareness and funds for the American Liver Foundation. The Boston Globe ran a wonderful article about her, with a heartfelt quote from her father, Dan:
Through the example she set as a mother, an older sister, a coach, and a friend, “Cara accomplished something I think we all aspire to do, and that’s to leave the world a better place than the way she found it,” Dan said. “She’s had such a big impact on Melrose and Boston and New England and further. She’s reached people everywhere. I can only hope in my life to do nearly as much good as she did in the 34 years that she had.”
Friends and family have set up a fund to provide for Cara’s daughter, Claire, and also to support the American Liver Foundation.
Our thoughts are with the Linehan and Buckwell families during this sad time.