"She who leaves a trail of glitter is never forgotten..."
Carrie was larger than life, and believed that some sparkle, glitter, fairy dust, and a tutu made any occasion better. You couldn’t help but be taken by and remember her infectious smile. She had such a big heart, and gave so much of her time to many important causes, including a term as president of the Durham Mothers’ Club, helping run 5K races to benefit UNC Pediatric Oncology and The Get REAL & HEEL Breast Cancer Research Program, heading fundraising for Pearsontown Elementary PTA, class mom for multiple of her daughters’, Mackenzie (13) and Addyson (11), classes, a Girls on the Run coach, and so much more.
Carrie worked at Girls on the Run (GOTR) of the Triangle as the SoleMates and Community Outreach coordinator, where she helped so many young girls grow confidence in themselves. On one of her Facebook profile pictures, Carrie wrote:
GOTR has helped my girls appreciate and enhance their strengths, while seeing all that they have to offer and more! They have run more 5Ks then some adults I know. They recognize that they are part of our community and continue to find ways to give back and be productive members of our community. I give because I want all girls to know their limitless potential and see beyond their current situation. This small town girl loves to see other girls empowered to make a difference, I hope you will consider making a difference today too!
In the fall of 2015, Carrie began fighting an uphill battle against metastatic breast cancer. While her prognosis was not good, the end came very suddenly. Despite her diagnosis, Carrie never changed. She remained positive, joyful, kind, funny, caring, and busy. Many had no idea she was even sick. On May 2, 2016, Carrie passed away peacefully surrounded by her loved ones.
In honor of Carrie and her spirit for giving back, all proceeds from the #CarrieOn Golf tournament will benefit Pediatric Cancer at UNC Lineberger.