Charlie had always been involved in good works and causes. Whether volunteering at San Quentin, mentoring high school students, touring the concentration camps with a youth group and then giving lectures on genocide, or fighting for East Timor independence, no issue was too large or too small; no cause not worth fighting the good fight.
And so it came as a surprise to no one who knew her, that soon after being diagnosed, Charlie announced that this had to have happened to her for a reason. As the months went by the reason became clear to her; she needed to make a difference, to somehow fight this terrible disease.
Charlie was never given that opportunity. She died on Nov. 24, 2003, eight months after her initial diagnosis. In her memory, and the memory of all those others whose future has been taken away by this horrible disease, we will make a difference.