by David Miller, Publisher
Ask me and I will have a very short list for you of folks I have met that best embody the
spirit and legacy of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. Ask me for one name of Loveland area folks and the list gets to one folk, the late Judy Leever. Judy died in 2011, eighteen months after she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
I talked to her husband Bruce this morning and he told me of the bench that has just been placed to honor Judy along the Loveland Bike Trail just about a quarter mile north of the O'Bannon Creek bridge and Nisbet Park.
I immediately went to the river, I knew where the bench would be because Bruce described the location, "Near the whirlpool." This is my favorite spot on the river I have always lived along, and this spot is where I often go to write. It is the river bank spot where where I penned some of what I wrote about Judy in the days following her death. It is one small spot on the very long river that Judy spent so much of her life protecting.
To learn more about the life of Judy Leever, read: Judy Leever Owned a Thousand Pairs of Shoesf
About the Book "Be Good to Yourselves"
Letters from JUDY LEEVER
We plan to make copies of "Be Good To Yourselves" available to cancer centers and cancer support groups and doctors who have patients and their families who are struggling with the disease.
Soon after her death, Judy’s husband, Bruce, and her sons, Glenn, Will and Michael, set out to place Judy’s collected letters (about her cancer journey) in the hands of her bereaved family and her community of friends. Still in shock, the four sought a way to make Judy, in a sense, live again. Making this book was a difficult task that, in the most practical sense, helped each of them grieve, but the process also kept them bound together as the literally creative (if forever changed) family they are.
As Judy reached out to many people beyond her immediate circle, so too are her husband and sons wishing to share her gift of words with those who may be in need of comfort, inspiration or just a friendly honest voice in time of trouble.
We are fundraising to help with the cost of printing the books. View our goals for this project and how you can donate.