On July 10th, 2015 Hearts Alive Village lost a very special woman. Christy's (HAVLV founder) Aunt Cindi passed away after a 3 year battle with cancer. She dedicated her life to improving the lives of animals, big and small and was a huge inspiration behind Hearts Alive.
Christy reflected on her aunt's passing by remembering the good she has done for the animal community. We hope that you will be inspired to carry on her mission.
"She made the impossible, possible time and again.. Those of you who knew Cindi certainly know, if she set her mind to it, it was done. Never was that drive more present than in her animal rescue efforts. Three decades and countless lives saved, Cindi proved over and over that she was a champion for the voiceless. Whether it was a traumatized Greyhound or an abandoned bunny, whether it was a feral kitten, an old mare or a malnourished goat, she was always ready to do what it took to make the wrong into a right. She was fierce and fearless in the face of cruelty and tragedy, she was kind and gentle as she guided these creatures away from a life of misery, and she was dedicated in her care and commitment to their new lives. Never give up was her mantra. She lived it and breathed it.
She set a shining example for everyone, but most of all, her family. Hearts Alive Village was kicked into high gear after Kendall and I visited her home, a true animal sanctuary. We called it the Magical Forest. From early morning feedings, and afternoon enrichment to cleaning, playtime and patient coaxing, the days spent sharing the joy of caring for animals cemented our resolve to go home and make a difference.
Our visit was soon after her diagnosis. Not more than 6 months, they said. “They said” meant nothing to Aunt Cindi. She had more work to do, more lives to save, and more love to give. After 3 precious years, each day filled with purpose… she has left us.
I don’t want to say she lost her battle with cancer. When my Aunt Cindi stood to battle anything, it didn’t have a chance. Cancer may have exhausted her body, but it could not dim her spirit. Cancer tried to take away her beauty but it could not outshine the beauty within. Cancer tried to take away her purpose but it failed miserably. Her purpose and her legacy burns brighter in us today than ever.
Cindi was a loving friend, wife, sister, daughter and aunt. She dedicated her life to protecting animals and was a champion for all creatures, big and small. She was thrilled and excited about the mission of Hearts Alive Village. Her last wish was, instead of flowers, for her friends to donate to her great niece’s organization. Her tireless efforts for the voiceless will continue with us. We love you Aunt Cindi!
We will never give up. We will make you proud."
- Christy Stevens
If you would like to donate to Hearts Alive in Cindi's honor, please click on the Donate button below.