Kara MacDonald, 49

1974955_profile_pic.jpgKara MacDonald, 49, passed away on Saturday, June 10 in her home, surrounded by family and friends, after a year and a half battle with lung cancer.

Kara is predeceased by her husband Peter MacDonald. She leaves behind her daughter Maggie (15) and Kate (13), her sisters Kelly Grill of Upton, Julie Westcott and her fiance Rob Cavicchio also of Upton, her parents Jack and Pauline Westcott of Hopkinton, her in laws Gert and Leo McAlice of Walpole, Judi and Steve Holubesko of Plainville, Beth and Dick Kelly of Medfield, Rick and Sami MacDonald of Camano Island Washington, Steve MacDonald of Foxboro, Tom and Sue Macdonald of Wellesley and Peter Grill of Milford as well as several nieces and nephews and one great niece, all whom she adored.

Kara received a bachelor’s degree from UMass Amherst in Business Administration and a Masters degree from Simmons College in Human Resource Management. She began working for the Boston Athletic Association in the mid 1990’s and was an integral member of the registration team helping the BAA to establish the notion of Runner Services. She became an early thought leader and valuable contributor in the area of athletes with disabilities, establishing policies and procedures that are in use today. In a statement about her passing the BAA remembers Kara as a kind and thoughtful woman who always had time to listen to the full story and set of circumstances surrounding any situation.

Kara was a lover of Broadway musicals, travelling to NYC with family and friends as often as possible to catch a show. If a James Taylor concert was in town Kara was there. As a young girl, Kara spent her summer vacations in Eastham. Each year on her birthday she would watch the sunrise and sunset from the beach. When she had children she returned to Eastham to share with them her love of the ocean and the sunsets. Kara was devoted to her girls and her greatest joy in life was being their mother. She was incredibly proud of the strong, talented women they are destined to be.

Celebration of Life

Thursday, June 22, 2017 4:00 PM
Hopkinton Center for the Arts
98 Hayden Rowe Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748

In lieu of flowers, donations are being accepted through a Go Fund Me campaign to support her daughters Maggie and Kate – https://www.gofundme.com/karing-for-maggie-and-kate or through a Pan Mass Challenge fundraising campaign, established in Kara’s honor – http://profile.pmc.org/JL0405.

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