My heart goes out to all of the Elderkins and Ryans for your loss. Although I wasn't family Karen and I had a special bond. If we could have been sisters, I would have chosen Karen. I regret I couldn't be ther with her at the end of her fight, but feel fortunate that I was able to be with her over the holidays. The last time we were together she still managed to have her beautiful smile. I will miss her but have comfort in the fact she is no longer in pain and she can finally rest. I will cherish my memories of Karen forever and am thankful to have been a part of her life. May she rest in peace.