It is with great sadness that I report the loss of one of our beloved staff members, Kayah Gaydish. Kayah died on Sunday, December 20, in a climbing accident near Abingdon, Virginia. This remarkable young woman was the North Carolina Conservation Coordinator for Wild South and worked tirelessly as a wilderness advocate and volunteer for a variety of organizations. She was the epitome of a champion for the environment and is remembered as a smart, strong and compassionate person who was excellent at her two favorite things – being a mom and protecting the environment.
There will be a memorial and benefit for Kayah’s children on January 8, 2016, at the Grey Eagle in Asheville. Please click here learn more. We hope you will be able to attend and support her children.
Although no words can ease the grief for friends and family, I leave you all with these words written by Brian Claflin.
For the Wild,
P.S. Here are links from WLOS TV-13 and the Asheville Citizen-Times with stories about Kayah and the difference she made in all our lives.