Redwood Forest Foundation
Redwoods Planted as Tribute to Teen-Ager
Who Moved Thousands to Appreciate Nature
Elizabeth Finley Broaddus
Elizabeth Finley Broaddus' mother, Julie, entreats us: "Please
smile when you see nature in its glory, laugh at our own
foolishness, and bear all things with strength and selflessness
- and to pay her tribute, remember to care for this planet as
she cared so much. In this way you will help to keep her with
Members of Finley's extended family in California and Texas
arranged for the Redwood Forest Foundation (RFFI) to plant 25
redwoods in her honor after a rare form of liver cancer claimed
the Virginia teenager's life. This tribute was a particularly
fitting celebration of Elizabeth's life, for she was an avid
supporter of tree-planting projects. While battling the incurable
cancer that was diagnosed in December 2013, she set up
Finley's Green Leap Forward. Read about her work, in support
of "local and global efforts that have a positive impact on the
environment, moving us forward towards a healthy, sustainable
Friends and family members set a goal to raise at least
$18,000 by Elizabeth's 18th birthday on March 12, 2014. By
that date, donations to the fund had surpassed $74,000 and by
Earth Day 2014 they had reached $100,000.
"Finley's Fight" ended on June 2, 2014, but she continues to
inspire thousands through her courage and her foundation to
support global environmental causes.
This tribute was made possible via RFFI's
Plant a Redwood.
RFFI is proud to play a part in honoring this exceptional young
woman who remains an inspiration and standard bearer
for our mission and work. Visit www.rffi.org for
more information about Elizabeth and
Plant a Redwood Now!