Carol Goerke

Carol Goerke

Toronto ON

Carol was always full of spirit and life; through her strength, humour, kindness and beauty, she made us all feel just a little bit better every time we were with her.

My sister Carol was my hero, my champion and I am so grateful to have had 53 years of loving her and being there for each other in times of celebration and adversity. My partner and I were so grateful for Carol for being such an incredible role model and support in the lives of our two daughters. They adored Carol and felt so fortunate to have her and her family in their lives.

Carol’s first priority was always her family. She was incredibly proud of her two children and all that they have accomplished.  She loved nothing more than spending time with her husband and children on ski vacations, at the cottage, and at home celebrating every holiday and milestone.  She was so excited to see her children growing up and becoming such caring and loving young adults.

When Carol and I walked the halls of KGH, she noticed a sign for Light the Night Kingston. Every day that we walked she would mention the poster and we even took a picture of it so we could do more research. We learned that Light the Night was a fundraiser for research, advocacy and support for families impacted by blood cancer. One day she said to me, “when I am better we are going to do this walk” and I said to her “we will all do it together Carol”. So to honour Carol and continue her legacy of kindness, caring, giving and hope, we started Light the Night in Belleville with our team, Carol’s CureSADERS leading the way. We have established a team through Blood Services of Canada Partner For Life Program which encourages blood donation and increasing stem cell registrants. I miss her every day and hope that I can continue her legacy of kindness, caring and hope.