On May 9th, 2012, the world lost Emily Benatar to bacterial meningitis*. Her life is a reminder to live every moment fully with a sense of humor and to be kind to one another.
This website is a place for those who are missing Emily to be able to hear her voice and see her being her funny self, and see some of the many amazing things she created. It's also a place to share the Honoring Emily projects we do each year.
*Meningococcal disease is a bacterial infection that can affect the blood (sepsis) or the lining of the brain and spinal cord (bacterial meningitis).
This year's project was inspired when Lisa and her friend Hiromi were on a walk in June near Stanford campus and they spotted art in a garden they were walking by — tall stacked-art sculptures.
They took a closer look and noticed a sign next to the art. The sign explained that the individual clay pieces making up the poles were created by neighbors, separately, and then the artist at this home had put the pieces together to create the unified art on display. A line at the end of the sign caught Lisa's attention in particular:
"Even though we all worked alone, we created a bit of art that brings everyone together in spirit."
This reminded Lisa of Emily, bringing people together, doing art. And the idea for this year's Honoring Emily event was born.