We would like to name our large “smiley” necklace to Claudia’s dear friend Kate because when you are with her, you just want to smile! Claudia met Kate in 1998 when they both were working at the Institute for Heath and Healing at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. Kate is a Bay Area native and has worked in the healthcare industry most of her life. She is one of the most compassionate, caring, and loyal friends. She loves getting friends together to celebrate special occasions or for no reason at all! 15 years ago, Kate had a brain tumor diagnosis and surgery. With her positive and loving energy, she persevered through this experience. Kate loves music and she loves to sing. She is in the Threshold Choir at the Zen Hospice Center where she sings to the people in hospice. Maya Angelo once said, “I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a woman who teaches by being.” Kate, you are all those things and more!