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Christy Bailey

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Christy Lyn Bailey, of Broomfield, died June 12, 2015, with her family by her side. Christy was born May 1, 1967, in Houston and grew up in states across the U.S. After earning a bachelor's in journalism and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Christy moved to Denver. In 2002, Christy left her corporate job and joined the Peace Corps, where she served in Honduras. Once back in Denver, she pursued her passions of teaching and writing. She earned an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2011, taught creative nonfiction writing at University of Denver and Regis University, taught writing to homeless children and was a writer in residence at Children's Hospital. Christy also wrote a memoir about her path to self-acceptance after losing her hair to alopecia areata. With her quick wit and adventurous spirit, Christy made lifelong friends wherever she went, whether completing marathons and triathlons, hiking fourteeners, working in Honduras or sharing her voice at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver. She traveled to 19 countries, wandered ancient ruins, and encountered wildlife from sloths and anteaters to pink dolphins. She was fearless and even went on a successful search for anaconda. Like a tropical flower herself, Christy stood out for her colorful headscarves, even before she was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer in 2012. A master storyteller, Christy shared her IBC experience with a growing audience of devoted online readers, revealing the challenges of her treatments and celebrating every reprieve - and above all, embodying bravery, gratitude, compassion and love. Christy loved Cinco de Mayo and a mean margarita. Next time you have one, raise your glass to her. She is survived by her parents, David and Margaret Bailey; sister, Melanie (Glenn) Lewis; beloved nieces, Lindsey and Grace Lewis; numerous relatives; and hundreds of friends around the world. A celebration of Christy's life will be held July 11 from 1-4 p.m. at Lighthouse Writers Workshop, 1515 Race St., Denver. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Christy's name to Lighthouse via www.lighthousewriters.org or to IBC research through www.theibcnetwork.org.
Published in www.denverpost.com on June 21, 2015
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