For Keane, working with Keochareon was a deeply personal experience. She said the gift Keochareon gave her was her friendship.
In December, HCC recognized Keochareon’s generosity by making her an honorary professor of nursing. According to Keane, the faculty unanimously supported the honor. Keane presented Keochareon with a certificate, saying — ‘‘it was unanimous, Martha.’’
But the certificate misspelled Keochareon’s name —adding an ‘‘e'’ to the end.
Keane received another voice message from Keochareon alerting her to the mistake. ‘‘I hope you have a great day,’’ said Keochareon at the end of a message left 17 days before she died. ‘‘This is one of the best days of my life. Thank you.’’