KERRYN McCANN won the hearts of all Australians in 2006 when she won gold at the Commonwealth Games in a down to the wire marathon win.
Media footage showed Kerryn crossing the finish line, as if that was her life’s main triumph.
Two years later the much loved athlete succumbed to breast cancer, her husband and three children at her bedside.
Kerryn told friend and fellow athlete Raelene Boyle just a week before that she was still hopeful. Then she was so ill in her final days, she could no longer talk — yet through it all, her spirit never dimmed.
The body, brain and personality is understood in Theosophy as only a vehicle for the immortal soul in each lifetime.
But this necessary instrument presents us with special opportunities in each life to express our potential. Yet, many are unable or unwilling to seize those gifts in the time allotted to them, as Karryn did.
The illness drew out her determined, deathless and compassionate spirit, an inspiration to those who might not have her inner strength. She knew the deadly disease had come back, but she competed anyway.