Born on May 6, 1986, Megan Elizabeth Garbach is the 4th of five children of loving parents, Kathy and Ray Garbach. She was a beloved daughter, sister, fiancé, aunt, niece, cousin, and friend. Meg brought a ray of sunshine into every life she touched. Selfless, loving, giving, faithful, free-spirited, loyal, creative, silly, witty and "champion of the underdog" – these are some words that others have used to describe her. She found joy in the simple things of life and cherished her relationship with nature and the environment.
Ray is fond of saying that Meg’s smile could light up any room. The inscription found on two benches in Highland Park best describe Megan; "Her smile mirrored her soul." That beautiful bright smile however did not always reflect how she felt inside. And at times Megan struggled to love herself in the same way she loved others.
That spirit of giving, so prominent in Megan’s life, inspired the creation of MEG’s Gift, a 501(c)3 nonprofit public charity that supports, promotes and advocates for the care and treatment of persons with mental illness.