Human Tribe Project is dedicated to the memory of Kindra Marie McLennan. Kindra passed away on January 2, 2009, after an eight-month battle with a rare and aggressive form of cancer. She ultimately lost the fight, but her struggle inspired this company and the idea that we are all members of individual tribes that unify to support a loved one in a time of crisis and that together – bound by the humanitarian spirit – we are all part of a larger Human tribe.
After being diagnosed in April 2008, Kindra chronicled her cancer journey through a blog, now available for public view at www.kindramclennan.com. She wrote with humor, describing all aspects of her experience including her initial scan, chemotherapy, radiation, surgery and side effects, with hope and laughter. She initially wrote to keep her friends and family informed, but in the end, her blog acted as an inspiration to everyone who read it and served as a vehicle to give and receive support during her time of crisis. Her blog touched all who read it, and was even the subject of a front-page article in the Chicago Tribune, available here and a television news story, available here.
During her treatment, Kindra’s friends came together to raise money to help Kindra and her husband with her ever-increasing medical bills. Kindra refused to take handouts from her loved ones, so her friends sold handmade necklaces in her honor and gave all proceeds to Kindra. Not only were her friends and family able to raise approximately $10,000, but Kindra could see their love and support in every necklace that was worn. She once commented how meaningful it was for her to see her chemo nurses wearing her necklaces in the cancer center.
Kindra was one of the most inspiring, loving and kindhearted people to ever walk this earth. She had an infectious smile and a joy for life. She could find the positive in any situation and had a way of making everyone she encountered feel like he or she was the most important person on earth. She was a wife, a daughter, a sister, a therapist and the best friend you could ever imagine. Kindra passed away shortly after celebrating her 30th birthday with friends and family in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her life was cut short, but the positive effect she had on those of us that remain is everlasting. Commenting on Kindra’s blog posts, her friends have said the following:
“If ever a person lived life to its fullest and tasted all of its joys, it is you. You bring warmth and laughter to each person you meet.”
“Not a dark cloud, always sunshine when people are around you, Kindra.”
“You will always represent sunshine, love and all that is good in the world.”
“How lucky are we to know you...your positive attitude, infectious sense of fun and loving spirit are truly one of a kind.”
“We are all better people for having had you in our lives.”
“Your inner and outer beauty shines and has ever since the first day I met you.”
“Thank you for coming into our lives and sharing your warmth, compassion, laughter, and genuine friendship with us. You have always reminded us what it means to truly live life to its fullest.”
It is our hope to continue Kindra’s legacy through this website and enable tribes everywhere to quickly and easily support a loved one in a time of crisis. We are all connected; we are all members of the Human tribe.
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