January 30, 2013
Eva lives a full life, Lucy is not so lucky
No one knew when the day started Jan. 18 that two women’s lives would unknowingly intersect.
Both received death sentences. But one was on stage delivering a monologue interspersed with songs about how she cheated death; the other was being buried in Bellevue.
Eva Moon told the audience gathered at Valley Center Stage how her mother had died of breast cancer. Eva tested positive for the breast cancer type-one genetic mutation, and made the difficult decision to undergo a double mastectomy and hysterectomy. She chose life.
Lucy Pieczatkowski was not given a choice. Someone else made that decision for her when they struck and killed her with a pickup while she walked down a dark road New Year’s Day, and then left the scene of the crime.
These two women had much in common. Eva is 56, Lucy 57. Both raised sons. Both had men who loved them. Based on Eva’s stage presence and what people told us about Lucy, both women loved laughter and life; were caring, kind and compassionate; both loved a party and quiet, self-reflective moments. Both were talented: Eva is a musician and Lucy played a mean game of pool.
Eva is taking full advantage of her new lease on life by skydiving, performing her “Mutant Diaries: Unzipping my Genes” show in London and doing anything else she darn well chooses.
Lucy will do nothing more than live on in spirit.
Eva ends her performance by saying, “I got to change the future.” We want that for Lucy, and her friends and family.
Right now Lucy’s case remains unsolved. The person who cheated Lucy out of life remains free. For her future to be changed, justice needs to be served and the person responsible needs to turn in himself or herself.
Eva and her family are enjoying peace of mind right now. We wish the same for Lucy’s family.