On Saturday April 11, 2020 Erin Leigh Kiernan, age 31, died comfortably in her home of Mount Airy, MD surrounded by family and friends. Born in Olney, MD on April 6, 1989, Erin lived a life full of adventure. She enjoyed traveling to visit friends & family, take vacations, and to participate in advocacy events. Notably, she traveled to LA to be featured on the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, a Make-A-Wish trip to swim the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Caribbean cruises, and a trip to Mexico. Erin graduated High School and earned a BA in Political Science from Edinboro University of PA. There, she enjoyed a full college experience and developed life-long friendships. On weekends, Erin loved horseback riding and an evening hanging with the best gal pals a girl could ask for- Kim TJ, Megan D, and Jess K. Erin was known for her ability to talk endlessly and her silly sense of humor.
Erin spent most of her life as an advocate for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and The Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA) where she inspired the people around her to see past a disability and enjoy the person themselves, while advocating for continued research and improving the life experiences of people living with disabilities. Erin strived to never let her disability define her and she always found a way to keep moving toward her goals. This was a life full of love, inspiration, and good-will.
Erin is held with warm hearts by her parents; Patrick and Karen Kiernan of Mount Airy, MD, sister and brother-in-law; Megan Kiernan-Bruce and Cheron Bruce, her nieces- who Erin loved dearly, and all who had the opportunity to know her. At her request, Erin has a Rockin’ Irish Wake planned in the future, details to come. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of Erin to The Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance at www.cureFA.org .
As she always signed off, “Smiles-Erin”.