Today I feel a mixture of sadness and celebration. In August, during the run of the most recent Gay Games in Cleveland, I wrote a short series on some of the medallists from previous games. One of those I mentioned, in fact the first one and the athlete who inspired the theme of that mini-series, was Mariah Crossland.
Several weeks afterwards
I was contacted by Martha Newell, a close friend of Mariah’s, who informed me
that Mariah had sadly lost her battle with cancer on 3rd September.
I thought it would be
appropriate today to put this link to Mariah’s obituary, written by her
friends, because today is Mariah’s memorial service and celebration of her
life. I thank Martha for contacting me and giving me this chance to celebrate
When you read the
obituary I hope you will follow the suggestion given at the end and celebrate
Mariah’s life. I will.