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HME leaders remember HME leader and icon Karyn Estrella, who passed away on July 4, 2019.

“I am tremendously saddened by the news that Karyn Estrella has passed away. She leaves behind an amazing record of accomplishment as the long-time president & CEO of the Home Medical Equipment and Services Association of New England (HOMES) and a legacy of leadership and service to the HME community. I am fortunate to count myself among the many people in our industry who have had the opportunity to work directly with her and see the passion, professionalism, and generosity of spirit she brought to her advocacy on behalf of HOMES and in support of her fellow HME leaders. I will remember Karyn’s positive impact on our industry and miss her friendship for a long time to come.” — Tom Ryan, president and CEO, American Association for Homecare

Karyn's steadfast determination and advocacy within the HME sector are well documented - what I will miss most about her is the wonderful person she was. It has been a challenging few weeks for those of us who knew Karyn and her family, our hearts go out to those who were closest to her - her husband, daughters and cherished grandchildren. I have reflected more of late on what a good friend Karyn was to my father, how caring she was as his own cancer diagnosis took turns for the worse, what a great friend she was to me during that time, and how she went well out of her way to attend his services and got up to speak about him at length, to a room full of virtual strangers. The HME industry lost a tireless fighter, the world has lost a wonderful person. —  Gary Sheehan, president and CEO, Cape Medical Supply, Sandwich, Mass

Karyn Estrella’s passing leaves a void in the HME provider community and in the hearts of many. She was both humble and kind and demonstrated her passion for the industry in a way that made you want to be part of her team. It has been a privilege and a blessing to have worked side by side with her as a board member and chairman of HOMES. I will miss our conversations, but I will cherish our friendship forever. — Jack Hogan, president & CEO, Health Complex, Waterbury, Conn.

I have known Karyn since the early 2000’s when I first started working with MAMES. We had a lot in common - on the work side, as leaders of our large regional associations, but more importantly it was our passion for our families, friends, the industry and dancing! I will forever cherish those wonderful moments I had with Karyn! — Rose Schafhauser, executive director, Midwest Association for Medical Equipment Services & Supplies, Duluth, Minn.

Additional memories of our great friend Karyn can be found in this Medtrade Monday article.