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Our hearts are with Karen Beebe’s family. She was an amazing woman who inspired many. Her son, Brett Beebe, started a fundraiser for the National Breast Cancer before her death, selling t-shirts that said “Long Hair, Don’t Care” in honor of his mother.
Karen Beebe, a Redondo Beach resident who worked as the gym director for American Martyrs School in Manhattan Beach, passed away from breast cancer Monday evening. She was 59.
According to her husband, Karen Beebe had been under home hospice care for a week, during which her family left the front door open and people streamed through.
“It was unbelievable,” Bill Beebe said Wednesday, adding that she wasn’t in any pain at the end.
Karen Beebe was first diagnosed in 2005, but she was declared cancer-free after a mastectomy that removed her right breast and 23 lymph nodes. When it returned in June 2010, she discovered it had metastasized to her liver.