Karen Grimm of Black Horse Ranch is going through palliative care treatment for ovarian cancer. You can read the story from her at the link above.
If you haven't noticed from previous posts, my BHR models are the stars of my collection. I've e-mailed with Karen on and off for many years, and I simply can't wrap my head around the fact that she probably won't be around for much longer. I wish the newer people in the hobby realized how much of an influence Karen has been - she had Kitty Cantrell sculpting for her before Breyer. Sue Sifton is a major contributor to the BHR line. Karen arguably has the best and most complete Breyer collection out there.
This is the first hobby 'bad news' that's really hit home for me. Which brings me to the subject of this post - life just isn't fair. I know everybody has to pass on at some point, but it's too early for Karen.