Rachel Anne Gray, the woman critically burned in an accident on the Rubicon Trail during the Jeepers Jamboree, has succumbed to her injuries.
From the Sacramento Bee:
Rachel passed away September 2, 2012 while surrounded by family. Born November 7, 1990 she packed a lifetime into her 21-years. An avid runner (who ran distance for enjoyment and life balance) and ever the competitor, she completed many distance races including her first ultra-marathon just months before her passing. She achieved her black sash in the martial art of Kung-Fu and won her age group in the Eppies Great Race triathlon. Her desire to embrace nature developed into her love of Yosemite and the challenge of ascending mountains. Rachel graduated from Bella Vista High School located in Fair Oaks, CA in 2008 and three short years later participated in graduation ceremonies for a degree in International Business from California State University, Sacramento. Always living at a fast pace, she worked as many as three jobs at once until she recently obtained her Real Estate License and seemed to have settled into the business of Real Estate as a career.
Rachel is survived by her parents Leesa Williams, Tom Gray and Bridget Gray; her sister Paige Gray; her brother Tommy Gray; grandparents Darlene Cristler, Dan Cristler and Frances Gray; many aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family, chosen family, and loving friends. She will be deeply missed and will remain in our hearts always. The family extends their gratitude to the nurses and medical team at the UC Davis Hospital Burn Unit for their compassion and kindness, and is humbled, and will always remember, the outpouring of support and kindness of people who Rachel had touched in her short but full life.
A celebration of her life will be held on September 16th. The location and time will be posted to the Rachel Anne Gray Foundation Facebook page, once determined. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Rachel Anne Gray Foundation (El Dorado Savings Bank under Rachel Anne Gray Acct #263017782) which will be used to support the UC Davis Burn Center and the Yosemite Foundation in the memory of Rachel. God bless.