Remembering a Life Struck Down Too Soon

A wonderful tribute.

Poetry In Motion

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the Life you have imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau

On August 5, 2009, a twenty-three year old school teacher was running on Forbidden Drive when the limb of a tulip poplar crashed down and ended her life. I found out about the tragedy early the next morning when my son and I cycled the same trail and were delayed by workers who had blocked the scene of the accident. One of the workers told us what had happened, and asked us to be careful not to disturb anything as he let us through.

Later that day I read that the young runner hit by the tree was Mary Katherine “Katie” Ladany, who had relocated to Philly from Montclair, N.J for a teaching job. Katie had just finished her first year at Dobbins Technical High School, and in that short time left…

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