Without the drive of our founding partners, Birdsong Brewing wouldn’t be what it is today. It required patience, capital and, most of all, a lot of backbone. When Michelle asked Chris “So, are you gonna include me in this business, or what?!” it was a clear indication of her strength, tenacity and overall commitment to achieving something larger than herself.
Throughout her life, Michelle LeBeau made a tremendous impact on those who met her. She was intelligent, fearless, thoughtful and tough as hell. Her encouragement challenged everyone around her to become kinder and better. In 2011, Michelle founded the REACT Thyroid Foundation to raise awareness and research funding for this rare form of cancer. Michelle’s own battle with Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma lasted five years, ending in June 2015, but her legacy lives on.
It’s hard to put into words what she meant, when she achieved so much in such a short period of time. To those she knew and loved, the memories shared will last a lifetime. To those who never met her and might be reading this today, we hope that you’ll be inspired by her story—that of someone who never gave up, even in the face of adversity. We hope that throughout your day, you’ll bring some unfiltered joy into the lives around you. Michelle would want that.