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I am very sad and sorry to announce the passing of a Team Lightning Competitive Team Member - Kari (Care-Bear) McCloskey. Kari lost her battle with Brain Cancer. Kari was just 13 year old.
Kari was a Compulsory and Optional Gymnast for Team Lightning for over 5 years. Kari was hard working, loyal, and funny. She brightened our Practices and Meets with her smile and awesome sense of humor.
Kari started gymnastics very young and was originally as member of Greenville Gym-Stars. When Gym-Stars shut down their program the McCloskey Family began searching for another program for Kari. Kari came to a tryout at EGC, where the Team and Coaches immediately fell in love with her. It was a crazy commitment to make by her and her family, but they made the 1.5 hour drive to Erie 4 times per week to make practices.
Kari excelled at gymnastics and soon Advanced to the Optional Team. She earned numerous metals and qualified to the State Championships.
Classes are filling rapidly.
A close friend of EGC decided to open a new program in the Greenville area - GGAC. We didn't want to lose Kari, so we decided that she could (dual-compete) and workout at both gyms. Keri made numerous friends there as well and all throughout the gymnastics community.
Soon after joining GGAC, Kari developed Brain Cancer. Kari had a rough roller coaster ride of physical and mental challenges. Because she couldn't compete during her treatments, GGAC employed Kari as a Junior Coach - where she helped her teammates.
Words can not express the sorrow and sympathy we feel for the McCloskey Family and the Gym Family for our loss.
The following link leads to the Obituary. Gymnastics friends are asked to wear their Gym wear to the Funeral Services.
We will so miss our little "Care Bear"
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