“She was beautiful inside and out.” That’s how a former teacher described Kristen Webb. Webb was a 2008 graduate of Lewisville ISD’s Marcus High School. In July of that year, Webb was preparing to study at the University of Missouri on an academic scholarship when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, altering her plans.
That academic scholarship was the result of years of work atop the strong foundation she laid as a leader in her church and community.
“She was always bubbly and positive and always a hard worker,” Christi Celone, Webb’s clarinet teacher at Lamar Middle School, told LEF. “She was a great friend to many.”
Her compassion for others led her to organize bone marrow drives to bring awareness to the lack of African Americans and other minorities on the donor registry.
“When I attended her funeral, the number of people there and the things that they said just reassured me that Kristen had stayed true to that bubbly, positive self into her young adulthood,” Celone said.
At the time of her death, Webb was working to establish Kristen’s F.I.G.H.T., an organization designed to reach out to other young people facing the challenges of a cancer diagnosis. She wanted to ease the burden carried by patients and their families during a time in life that is usually characterized as happy and carefree. After battling cancer herself, Webb recognized the unique obstacles people in her age group faced and wanted to be able to offer support to make the journey a little easier.
To preserve her memory, her family endowed the Kristen Webb Memorial Scholarship, awarded annually to a graduating senior in LISD who is a cancer survivor or whose immediate family has been impacted by cancer. The student must also meet a minimum grade point average requirement and be active in community service. This endowment guarantees that Webb’s story will be remembered as the award will be given each year in perpetuity.
Awarding the scholarship in her memory is one way to keep her memory alive and to honor her legacy. Even with that “She is still greatly missed,” Celone said.
Is there a student or educator whose legacy you would like to guarantee? Scholarships and teacher grants in honor or in memory of teachers and students help ensure the stories of amazing students and teachers are preserved for future generations. Contact LEF Programs Coordinator Sherah Robinson for more information.