Lori June Kipp was taken from us on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at the age of 38. She lived her life to the fullest even though she battled stoically with the genetic disease, Cystic Fibrosis (CF).
Lori was born and raised in Monterey, CA. She graduated from Monterey High School in 1990, went to college at the University of California at Santa Barbara, returned briefly to Monterey Peninsula College, and graduated from Santa Clara University in 1994 with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. After exploring the option of graduate school and deciding against it, Lori took a position in 1996 with the Peninsula Family YMCA in San Mateo. She served in many capacities there, ultimately as the Administrative Services Assistant, working a minimum full time schedule to accommodate her health needs.
Lori was an avid and knowledgeable Giants baseball fan, and loved being at AT&T park. She also loved all things Disney, especially visiting Disney World in Florida with her family. Children were instinctively attracted to her, and she adored them all. Lori had a special relationship with her niece, and her best friend’s little girls.
After being diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at nearly 5 years of age, Lori and her family became very involved with CF fundraising and educational activities. She participated in numerous fundraising events, being a poster child and doing radio and TV spots to raise the awareness of Cystic Fibrosis. As a child and early teen, Lori also attended the Northern California CF Camp and enjoyed getting to know others with CF. She was an inspiration for both campers and counselors.
Lori began her CF care at Children's Hospital at Stanford (now Lucille Packard Children's Hospital) in 1977 and transitioned in March of 2010 to the newly established Adult CF Clinic at Stanford Medical Center. Realizing the serious need to improve this new program, Lori helped to establish an Adult Cystic Fibrosis Advisory Council with the hope of ensuring the continuance of quality care, both within the hospital and in the clinical setting. She hoped to assist in creating opportunities and pathways for adolescents to successfully transition to adulthood and self-directed care, to enable adult CF patients to learn coping skills and successful strategies, and to enable them to lead rewarding and productive lives.
Lori's thoughts were never focused on her own wants and needs; she always made time to help, advise or bring cheer to friends, family, and acquaintances. The many tributes on her Facebook page are wonderful testimonials to a life generously and courageously lived.
Lori always made the best of what Cystic Fibrosis dealt her, never complaining, just accepting and moving on. Sadly too late for her, Lori was put on the fast track path to a lung transplant which she and her family hoped would give her a life free of the lung disease she had always fought so hard to overcome.
You will always be in our hearts. We love you so much. Breathe easy, Sweetie.