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Mother Bids Farewell to Son

Mother Bids Farewell to Son

For those who don't know me, I am Yannis Krikelis' mother, and I am very proud as well as blessed since God chose me to have Yianni as my son.

He was born on August 19, 1974, at St. Elizabeth's Hospital. Soon after he saw for the first time the bright light of life, he was so beautiful that everybody called him the "handsome boy."

Later on, as he was growing older, one by one his charismatic qualities started to blossom. Brightness, for one, in a unique combination with scientific curiosity, blended with purity, honesty, surrounded by truthfulness, generosity, and embraced by human compassion are a few of the gifts that Mother Nature gave him in abundance.

In his unique and spicy sense of humor many times he used to say, with some sense of anticipation:

"My ambition is not to reach my eighties. I strongly believe that if I am going to live, I want to live so much or so little, but I'll make sure I'll try to successfully overcome, solve, or bravely face all those challenges that will cross my path.

"Deep inside me I feel a strong driving force which I'll use as my intellectual steering wheel and compass to meet my future target, which is the creation of new inventions which will benefit society in the future.

"For someone else, these aspirations may sound merely fantasies. To me, they are strong convictions for my career and, more importantly, they represent my way of life."

Unfortunately, however, a tragic event changed everything. The "Mighty God" made his ultimate decision. If Mother Mary found courage and strength to bear her pain, why not I.

Yianni is alive and will remain so through the years to come. Yianni's eyes were donated, so that someone else can see.

In honor of his memory a scholarship fund is set up at MIT.

Eleftheria Krikelis