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History and Tributes - a celebration of the life of Carolyn Wagner

We mourn the death and celebrate the life of Carolyn Wagner


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Please read and leave a message in The Carolyn Wagner Memorial Guestbook

in her honor and for her family, friends and community.


A Gallery of Carolyn Wagner Photos

On January 18, 2011 FUAH's co-founder & vice-president our friend and inspiration, Carolyn Wagner, passed away after a long struggle with cancer, Hepatitis B from a contaminated blood transfusion, and liver failure.

Carolyn was the mother of a hate crime victim. In December 1996 her 16 year old son William was assaulted in a vicious anti-gay bashing at school. He survived but with lasting injuries, The Wagners filed a complaint with the Office For Civil Rights that the Fayetteville Arkansas School District was in violation of their son's Title lX rights and succeeded in convincing the OCR that GLBT students are covered by Title lX. The Supreme Court upheld Title lX rights for students, regardless of gender of victim or harasser or sexual orientation/gender identity.

Listen to FUAH board member Steve Schalchlin's song
"William's Song (Five Big Guys)"
about Carolyn and William Wagner: 

Here are the lyrics to William's Song.
The song is on two of Steve's CDs: The Bonus Round Sessions
and Beyond the Light
The money raised from the sales of the CD go to support
Youth Guardian Services - which Carolyn loved.

From 1974 to 1976 Carolyn was a volunteer lay therapist for S.C.A.N. (Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect) of Fort Smith, Arkansas. In 1979 she founded Fulfill A Dream, Inc. (an organization to assist families with limited income/resources meet needs and or fulfill dreams for children with catastrophic and or terminal diseases).

"Carolyn Wagner, president of Fulfill A Dream, Inc. of Fort Smith, an organization which helps grant the dreams of terminally ill children, was named the 43rd recipient of the Fort Smith Jaycees' Carnall "Tiny" Gardner Award for distinguished community service."
(here - on page 3 - in pdf format)

It merged in 1993 to form Make A Wish Foundation and moved its offices to Memphis, TN.. In 1983 Carolyn founded Camp Rainbow for children in AR, OK, MO, TN, and LA, MS who had cancer and at the time could not attend other camping facilities. The camp's mission was to provide normal living experiences for children experiencing abnormal living conditions and their siblings as well as to give parents/caregivers a week of respite. It merged to form C.O.C.A. (Children's Oncology Camps of America).

Read My Friend Carolyn - by Robyn Serven, July 20, 2006


Listen to an interview on 11/12/06 by FUAH board member Ethan St. Pierre (below)  
with FUAH co-founders Carolyn Wagner & Gabi Clayton

Click here if you either want to use the archive player to listen or to download.

Also on the site is a great interview Ethan did with Carolyn's son William
on 1/10/07, and many other folks too.


Please watch this is wonderful tribute to Carolyn by Brandon Brock:




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