Radke family honors daughter ’ s legacy with cardiovascular wellness initiatives .
Heart for the Community
arren Radke was the type of person who wore her heart on her sleeve .
Joyous , with a magnetic personality , Farren poured her selfless spirit and genuine care into others . In her signature , she even encircled the two “ R ’ s ” in her first name with a large heart .
“ She signed her name like that since she was a little girl . She always loved hearts ,” her father , Jack Radke , explained . Her final birthday gift to him was a decorative trivet in the shape of a heart — “ Except this one had angel wings ,” he said .
Farren earned her own angel wings over Christmas of last year , when complete blockages of two arteries caused a cardiac
Todd Leick , Lauren Radke Leick , Farren Radke , and Carson Radke event that took the young 35-year-old from this life . Her passing was a complete shock to her tight-knit family , which includes her brother , Carson ; a sister , Lauren ; brother-inlaw Todd and nephews Connor and Ryder — whom she adored and with whom she spent countless hours with doing fun activities .
A quote that her parents found in Farren ’ s journal after her death inspires the Radkes to keep going : “ It says , ‘ You ’ re braver than you believe , stronger than you seem , and smarter than you think ,’” recalled Kym Radke , Farren ’ s mother . “ This continues to be very important to me .”
Thinking about their daughter ’ s legacy and the words she left behind inspired the Radkes to do something to help preserve her memory in a way that Farren would have loved : helping others . Through a gift to Baylor Scott & White Health , the Radkes are supporting a variety of cardiovascular wellness initiatives that will help others take charge of their own heart health .
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