— Meghan Kraham:
Sean's Friend, and Sean's Run Founder
Meghan’s Missed —
“And in the End, the Love you take is equal to the love you
make.” These lyrics are from the last song on the last album
ever produced by the Beatles. The song “Golden Slumber”
is on the Beatles’ Abbey Road album, produced in 1969.
“And in the End, the Love you take is equal
to the love you make.”
When thinking of Meghan, these words are easy to come to mind because
when she left us on August 18, 2007, at the tender age of 21, Meghan
took with her so much love – because she gave so much love.
Meghan is the most caring, sensitive and loving young
person that many of us on the Sean’s Run Committee have ever
known. Throughout her life she touched thousands of people through
her close friendships, her school and college classes, involvement
in many different high school and college clubs, teams, events and
In high school, after loosing her friend Sean, she
became the impetus behind restarting the Chatham High School SADD
chapter which continues still today. She was a leader and a role
model, and she cared about her community.
She was also a founder of Sean’s Run, when she
was a sophomore and just 16.
Who can ever forget Meghan’s beautiful smile
and her beautiful long hair. Meghan was also involved in Locks for
Love and she volunteered and participated in the Relay for Life
– raising money for cancer research.
We all felt the warm embrace of Meghan’s unselfishness,
kindness and, and what we will remember most of all - her love.
Meghan gave more love in her too brief life than many
of us might give in longer life times.
Meghan is the daughter that every parent would love
to call their own. Every young person who met Meghan wanted to be
counted among her friends. When she worked a summer job at Crellin
Park all the kids wanted Meghan Kraham to be their counselor.
Meghan lived life just the way so many of try to live
our own lives. As one man said, who met her for the first time just
a few months before she succumbed to a battle against cancer, “Meghan
is like an angel sent to earth to wake others up!”
And we all know that Meghan didn’t magically
become the extraordinary person she is. She is the product of some
very special families – the Krahams and the O’Roukes.
These are families who are held in the highest esteem in our community
because they exemplify all the best that families are supposed to
It was that outstanding upbringing that led Meghan
to our doorstep when we were a grieving family, during a time when
even the most caring adults struggled to find the right thing to
say or do to sooth our family’s pain.
Meghan was only 16 when she came alone to our home
to offer wise, kind and sensitive words. She cried with us and she
talked with us about fond memories and better times – her
warm smile, her loving hugs and her sincere words comforted us like
a warm blanket on a winter night.
We felt her love, and we established a special relationship,
a beautiful bond.
And that care and concern for others did not fade
even as she struggled and battled against her illness. Meghan’s
visitors while she was in the hospital all felt that she remained
sincerely interested in how they were doing. Somehow, in spite of
feeling so lousy, she was able to smile and make others feel better!
She was concerned about us, she was trying to make
us comfortable, even though she herself was very uncomfortable.
I too think that God created Meghan to be a living
example for all us – she showed us how to leave a sign of
goodness and love where ever we pass – just look into the
eyes of the person next to you and you will see the evidence of
Meghan’s good works.
I just know, that when ever any of us thinks of Meghan,
she’ll be right there, alive in our hearts, always an example,
reminding us that the love we take will be equal to the love we
Mark D. French
August 21, 2007