Tough news to share from George & Karen

Below is a message from George Wespi regarding his wife Karen. Most of you know George who has been a member for 10 years, and Karen who comes to most of our regattas with a lot of food to share.  When the Caring Bridge site is setup we will let everyone know.


I have a message to share from Karen, who graciously put into words what I’m struggling to share:

October 13, 2016

Hello Friends from Station L

Today, I was formally diagnosed with ALS. This is a progressively debilitating disease that will present numerous challenges for both George and I. It is my hope that George will continue to row when he can and enjoy the company and support from the wonderful people in the club. I ask for your patience and understanding as participating in some of the races in 2017 may be difficult for him and some practices may be difficult for him to attend. We have a challenging journey ahead of us, but it will be that much easier knowing that we have your support.

I will create a Caring Bridge site soon to post updates, but in the meantime, my goal is to live what time I do have, fully, with love and grace and not allow this disease to crush my spirit. I look forward to seeing many of you at the Head of the Lake in Seattle and the fall gathering.


I feel blessed to have such a positive, supportive and generous wife to share time together. Together we move onward through life’s challenges (and fly).


Updated: 2016/10/13 — 6:32 pm