- Kerry Garrett, a beloved member of the Gettysburg College Athletic Training Staff and Department of Athletics, passed away quietly at her home with loved ones by her side on Nov. 16, 2017. Garrett was 40 years old. Garrett was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer called cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer) in June 2016. With a determination and energy that belied the grim diagnosis, she carried on her duties at Gettysburg while receiving treatment. It was the typical character of a woman who helped so many while she was alive and put the wants and needs of others in front of her own.
- “Kerry was an amazing fighter and inspirational example of unconditional love,” said Director of Athletics David Wright in a message to the athletics staff. “Her smiling face and ‘can-do-spirit’ should be a beacon that we all aspire to emulate. She loved her family, she loved her work, and she loved and cared for everyone around her.”
- Garrett is survived by her husband Matt, who is the head women’s soccer coach at Gettysburg, and daughters Isabella and Charlotte.
- Garrett was a symbol of hope and determination in the final weeks and days of her life. On Nov. 3, she joined the other athletic trainers in receiving their national championship rings from the women’s lacrosse program. Just two days prior to her passing, she took a hot air balloon ride with her family. It was a birthday present that was cancelled twice before due to weather, but the skies cleared at the right moment to allow one final everlasting family memory.
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