A Life Full of Adventure and Achievement
Leah Stilwell was a remarkable woman who lived a life full of adventure and achievement. She was a co-founder of The Onion, a satirical news website that pokes fun at politics, culture, and society. She was also a thesis adviser at The New School in New York, where she mentored students in media studies and design. She was known for her sharp wit, creative vision, and generous spirit.
But perhaps her most impressive feat was her mastery of sit down hydrofoiling, a water sport that involves riding a board attached to a foil that lifts the rider above the water. Leah was a world champion in this sport, holding four Guinness World Records for the longest distance, fastest speed, highest jump, and longest time on a hydrofoil. She traveled across the world to compete and perform in hydrofoil events, dazzling audiences with her skills and grace.
A Sudden and Tragic Diagnosis
Leah’s life took a tragic turn in September 2022, when she was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer. The cause of death was not disclosed by her family, but according to The Onion, she suffered from a type of sarcoma that affects the soft tissues of the body. She was only 30 years old when she passed away on September 24, 2022, leaving behind her husband, two children, and a large network of friends and colleagues.
Leah’s family and friends were shocked and devastated by the news, as she had shown no signs of illness before her diagnosis. She had been enjoying her summer on her home lake of Mountain Island Lake in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she had recently bought a new boat that could accommodate all of her many friends. She had also been working hard on her career, as a senior director of business development for Asymchem, a pharmaceutical manufacturing company.
A Legacy of Love and Laughter
Leah’s death was a huge loss for the world of hydrofoiling, comedy, and education. She left behind a legacy of love and laughter that touched many lives. She was remembered by her family, friends, and fans as a brilliant, hilarious, and kind person who made the world a better place with her work and her presence.
A celebration of life was held on November 12, 2022, at Pleasant Grove Farms in Charlotte, where hundreds of people gathered to honor Leah’s memory. They shared stories, photos, and videos of Leah’s amazing life, and enjoyed some of her favorite activities, such as hydrofoiling, dirt biking, and rugby. They also raised money for Angels to the Animals, a charity that Leah supported that helps rescue and care for animals in need.
Leah Stilwell was a rare and beautiful soul who will be dearly missed by all who knew her. She was a hydrofoil champion, a comedy genius, and a loving mother, wife, daughter, sister, and friend. She was a legend, a hero, and an inspiration. Fly high, Miss Leah. Daddy’s baby girl is back in his arms.