Who Knew About Woo U: September the Eleventh

Posted on September 10, 2012 by


By Joseph P. LaBaire

Staff Writer

We all know where we were on September 11, 2001. The images that played out on the television are forever burned into our memories like a bad dream that came true. While we are all busy getting used to being in the academic state of mind again, it is important that we reflect on that tragic day, what we lost and what we have gained from it.

As you walk from the student center towards the Ghosh Science Center past the gym you may have noticed a tree with a plaque in front of it dedicated to those lost in the attacks of September 11. If you look on the wall next to that tree you will see the name Robin Kaplan on another plaque. Who is this individual? She is a graduate of Worcester State (Class of 1990). This woman once walked the same halls and sidewalks as we walk today. Sadly, on September 11, 2001, Robin’s life was cut short by the actions of terrorists.

Kaplan grew up in Framingham, MA and worked for the TJX Company (owner of the stores; T.J. Maxx and Marshalls) for 8 years prior to her passing. For most of her life Robin lived with Crohn’s disease, also known as regional enteritis, which is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract. Despite her illness, she stayed strong, enjoying watching Boston Bruins games, listening to Eric Clapton and hanging out at the beach. Robin will always be remembered for her smile and the fact that she was always willing to lend a hand to a person who needed it.

Since 2004, a charity golf tournament has been held annually in Robin’s honor to keep her memory alive and to fulfill her wish of helping children battling Crohn’s Disease and Colitis. Proceeds from this event are donated to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) camps across America as well as kids programs. Since its inception, the event has raised over $900,000 benefiting the CCFA.

Our world has changed drastically since those towers fell. Wars, terrorism, the economy, after we are done with our academic lives we are in for quite a surprise on how hard it is out there in the real America. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to immerse ourselves in a state of academia where we can build our minds as well as forge everlasting friendships. It is our duty as the next generation about to enter today’s working class society to be able to adapt and keep our head during the changing times we all will and must face

On days when school work has you down just think about Robin and the countless others that were lost one day in September of 2001 and remember how lucky you are to be alive and to have a future full of so many possibilities waiting ahead.

If any of the Worcester State faculty or students would like to make a donation to the CCFA in Robin Kaplin’s name, please send a check or money order to: Robin Kaplan Memorial Fund,   P.O. Box #1577  Westborough, MA 01581. 

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