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In honor of Mari Lynn McKinstry Lazur: June 27, 1983 – August 28, 2014

After a very sad and emotional weekend, I’m headed back to LA from spending time in Washington this weekend celebrating the life of my cousin, Mari. Mari Lynn McKinstry Lazur passed away on August 28, 2014 after a courageous battle with brain cancer. After seven surgeries, three chemotherapy agents and two clinical trials, her fight ended. She passed away peacefully in the arms of her beloved husband Nathan with her mother close by.

She was 31.

Mari was charismatic and lived in the moment. She had been a star athlete and personal trainer who would push herself and those around her to be their best. She loved laughing in the sunshine and the smell of the ocean. Four months ago she married the love of her life in her dream wedding in St. John. Along with her mother, Nathan took care of her until the very end. These two share a love that many won’t find in their entire lifetime. Here’s their wedding slideshow.

RIP my beautiful cousin…I know you are dancing in heaven with your dad!