Melanie Sorensen, who had recently joined the Bookshare Advisory Board, suddenly passed away last month. She missed what was supposed to be her first in-person board meeting because she had the flu. It turned out to be H1N1, and its impact was devastating, as recounted in the Whittier Daily News article: Whittier College student dies from H1N1 complications.
I was especially surprised at the prominence Bookshare had in Melanie's life, by what her family chose to share with the newspaper.
Her love of reading led to a position on the board of directors of Bookshare, an organization making accessible books and periodicals for readers with vision disabilities.
"Members are allowed to download 100 books a month," Joi Sorensen explained, "but Mel had to c…