Updated: November 6, 2013 3:16AM
On August 11, 2011, longtime area resident Lynn M. (Vogelsang) Coomans (Lindenhurst and Waukegan) died of a spontaneous hemorrhagic stroke, leaving a husband and two daughters behind.
Rather that give in to grief, the Coomans family did what a growing number of survivors are doing: They created a tangible memorial honoring their loved ones legacy.
In October 2011, just two short months after her death, the inaugural Lynn M. Coomans Memorial Golf Outing was held in Bristol, just across the state line.
Hundreds of people attended the event, which was heavily supported by local businesses, including 3M, Merrill Lynch, Raymond Automotive Group, and Veolia Environmental Services and many local bars and restaurants. In total, more than $40,000 has been raised and donated in Lynn’s honor to the local chapter of the Juvenile Diabets Research Foundation.
“My wife was an amazing and strong woman. As an adult living with juvenile diabetes, there were many times when I was feeling down and wanted to give up. Lynn was my constant cheerleader during our 20-year marriage. If I gave up fighting now and gave into the grief following her death, she would be furious with me!” said Ken Coomans, Lynn’s husband and founder of the event.
“Creating this event is a powerful way for me to help our girls remember who their mother was, to take comfort in the support of so many people, and to be proud of her legacy. Shortly before Lynn died, we had discussed doing something to help other families less fortunate than we are who battle diabetes. When she died, I knew that this is what I had to do, for me, and for our girls.” Coomans said.
“I understand why people are compelled to honor their loved ones in this way, there is comfort in this work.”
The third Annual Lynn M. Coomans Memorial Golf Outing will be held at Bristol Oaks Country Club on Saturday, Sept. 14. The event is open to the public and corporate sponsorships are available.
Cost to play is $95 for golf, lungh and dinner, $30 for dinner only, and $15 for children for dinner when they come with their parents.
To tee it up, contact Ken Coomans at email@example.com or at (262)-857-3848.