Giving Back To The Karas Family


The Loss of Heather Karas

Sadly, on June 23rd Heather Karas said goodbye to this world. Heather’s twin children Michael and Marina continue both Heather and Jeff’s legacy. Heather’s kind spirit and loving heart will be dearly missed, but her impact will forever be recognized and appreciated. Heather’s life was celebrated on Wednesday, July 7th. Heather was celebrated as the BME (Best Mom Ever). She was remembered for her warrior spirit, living life with an abundance of joy and hope, and her giving back to all those in her life!

An Early Recipient of DAWG Nation

The Karas’ lost their beloved Jeff to cancer in 2013 leaving Heather and the twins (Michael and Marina) with an uncertain future. DAWG Nation was there to provide a fiancial grant to the Karas family paired with a benefit skate at the Ice Ranch. We were also able to connect Heather with the widow of Jack Kelly and the two became incredibly close friends. Since then Heather has taken “super mom” to an entirely new level, setting an incredible example and raising two amazing young adults.

Marty Richardson, Heather Karas, and Kathie Kelly

A Rare Form of Cancer

Early in 2020, things were looking really bright for the Karas clan until Heather was dealt some difficult news. Diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Heather knew it was time to once again step up. A true warrior in every sense of the word, she is literally as tough as they get. Lately, things have taken a bit of a turn for the worse, but that has only spurned on the fire and will of this determined champion.

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