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This fundraiser ended on 12/01/12

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Please join us to bring Kari home where she belongs. All funds will be donated to Kari's family to help make this happen.

Kari's Memorial Service will be held at 12:00 noon this Saturday, August 25, 2012 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lake Geneva, WI.

While travelling in Vietnam, Kari and her friend Cathy became ill and were hospitalized. Kari passed away within hours due to respiratory failure; Cathy passed away two days later from cardiac arrest. Media reports of the incident state that the women were likely suffering from poisoning. Doctors ruled out food poisoning and alcohol poisoning. Local authorities reportedly are conducting an investigation but information has not been forthcoming yet. The family continues to seek answers through American Citizen Services, US Embassy in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam about the events that led to this tragedy while working through channels to bring Kari home for burial.

It was impossible to meet Kari without being instantly struck by her infectious personality. She could convince anybody to do anything or go anywhere with her. She was the true life of every party, and all dull times turned into good times (most turned into great times) whenever she was around.

Handling basic funeral costs is a daunting task as is, but I cannot even fathom having to deal with bringing her home first as well. Let's join together to show our support for her family. They need to be able to celebrate Kari's life without having to worry about anything else. Kari wouldn't have had it any other way, and neither should we.

There was also a separate PayPal fund set up by Jason Von Seth and Kari's family that has raised over $3,000 as well. Together we will honor Kari's life and show how much she meant to everyone.

Here is the link to a video clip of Kari 3 weeks into her Korean adventure.

Click here to see Kari's love for life up close and personal on this Smilebox slideshow put together by her Aunt Laura.

**UPDATE FROM JENNY** (8/8/12)

"I would like to let everyone know that arrangements have finally been made, and confirmed to return Kari's remains back to the United States, she will arrive this Friday. We would like to thank everyone for all the support, and donations that everyone has so graciously given. We still haven't gotten the answers that everyone is yearning for but we continue to have hope, and Kari's Army will ultimately prevail. We won't ever give up. A memorial, and burial service, for Kari is tentatively set for August 25th in Lake Geneva, WI. As soon as final plans have been verified today or tomorrow, I will pass that information along to everyone. Let's keep our prayers and thoughts with Cathy's family as they are fighting to get her home as well." - Jenny Jaques


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