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).
Each year, something comes to me as an inspiration for our event to honor Emily. A couple of weeks ago I was out in the early morning, not thinking about the event at all, the sky was just starting to turn pink, and as I saw that beautiful pink sky an idea filled me: The world is so beautiful. Emily saw that beauty and was a part of it, she reflected it, and she expressed it. What went through my head was: If Emily were here I know she would be committing herself to protecting the environment, whether through her work or through how she lived her life. Because that’s what she did while she was here.