Lora Lee

July 2012 How We Got our Name

We had a great friend named Lora Lee who loved the beach and Jimmy Buffett music. She loved our children and that was her dream to have a baby of her own. Lora and her fiancé found out she was pregnant a few months before their wedding and it was the happiest time of their lives. Then Lora started to have terrible back pains. Her doctor said it was just due to the pregnancy but the pain kept getting worse. After seeing a specialist, they found out she had breast cancer that had spread to her spine. She was given the choice of aborting the baby and starting aggressive treatment or carrying the baby until the term and taking her chances. She chose to keep the baby and he was born healthy, but it was too late for Lora. She died three months later on the day before Mother's Day. One night I had a dream that our family went out to the boat, and as we boarded Linda said, "When did you decide on the name?" When I looked up at the back of the dock box on the top deck there it was in big red letters LORA LEE. When I told my family about the dream we agreed to name the boat Lora Lee. We always said if Lora was still alive she'd want to be with us on the boat every weekend, and she is.


Mark and Linda Helling

Brookville Lake, Ind.

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