Audrey's story

Sept. 8, 1995 - Jan. 31, 2011

For 15 brief years, Audrey Grace Yadrich graced us with her presence. Her smile and laugh were infectious; her optimism and determination, contagious. No one who met her was unaffected. Wise beyond her years, Audrey faced significant health challenges with courage and dignity. Her indomitable spirit remains an unmatched force. Intense strength of character and single-minded fortitude is what allowed Audrey to stay with us as long as she did.

Audrey achieved flawless academic achievement. She fulfilled several leadership positions including Piper Middle School student council president, yearbook editor, student play director, and volleyball team manager. Audrey strongly believed in service to others. She served as a member/volunteer for a number of service-related organizations such as: the Family and Youth Advisory councils for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment - Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN); a member of the Teen Advisory Board, Children's Mercy Hospital (CMH); and CMH Snack Shop.  In addition, Audrey provided administrative support for the Family Care Research Team at the University of Kansas School of Nursing, was a daycare provider for Oley Foundation’s national clincian-consumer conferences, and was founder and captain of "The Cyclones Nine-Layer Burrito" walkathon team for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

When school was not in session, she was a lunchroom volunteer at Holy Cross Catholic School. Audrey also completed training as an Animal Haven volunteer. She was a member of the Kansas State University Pre-Vet Club, Holy Angels Youth Group, Piper High School Robotics Team Stealth #1802, Oley Foundation, Piper district’s Gifted and Talented Program, Duke Talent Identification Program, and participated in Kansas State University’s GROW (Girls Researching Our World) Program.

Through AudreySpirit, LLC, Audrey’s spirit of giving lives on, helping hospitalized children have the quality of life they deserve.