On Wednesday, July 20th, Myra Kraft, President of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation and wife of Patriots owner Robert Kraft, passed away after a long battle with cancer at the age of 68. Near and dear to the New England community as well as the greater national philanthropic community, Myra was a champion of hands-on community service. Her constant involvement in, and leadership of, numerous charitable organizations and community programs displayed her generous soul and compassionate character. Life is good Playmakers have always said that to us, a Playmaker is someone who takes action to make great things happen for children at a time when they need it most. Although Myra was not a certified Playmaker, she is a prime example and role model for Playmakers everywhere. She improved countless children’s lives, including Boston’s children during her many years leading the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston. She lived her life as a passionately involved, active optimist, and she possessed in abundance those capabilities and qualities that define a Playmaker: creativity, joy, a deep connection to others, empathy and, above all, love. Lives of great strength and beauty inspire us. Myra Kraft remains a true inspiration for all who dedicate themselves to others.
July 25 2011