In June 2010, my beautiful sister, Rhonda Rutherford, encouraged many of our family and friends to attend the Crohn's Walk and raise money for research. She collected a tremendous amount of money for the cause, and it made her feel proud and succesful.
A few weeks later, my sister's battle with Crohn's disease ended. The June 2010 walk was the last day we would spend together. She was too sick to walk that day, but she enjoyed some time with her nieces. I feel that was a blessing from God, as they made her so happy. 11 years later, they still remember making smores while the rest of us walked.
Each year (with the exception of 2020 due to Covid), we have gathered to help others and remember Rhonda Red. It is my honor to continue her mission to help others and remember her positive impact on her family and the world around her.
I miss her every day of my life. When family and friends come to the walk each year, it means a great deal to my parents and me. We are so pleased that everyone continues to honor Rhonda. Leaving the parking lot is the hardest part of the day, my parents and I wait around until the rest of the family leave. We hug in the parking lot and realize another year has passed without her.
We understand that, by helping others, we continue her legacy of caring.
Team Red In loving memory of Rhonda Lee Rutherford 1974-2010