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Teen who inspired heartbreaking movie remembered as a difference maker in powerful Houston lunch

Teen who inspired heartbreaking movie remembered in powerful lunch

Wayne and Lori Earl, from left, and Lesha and Tom Elsenbrook at the Houston Hospice butterfly luncheon April 2015
Guest speakers Wayne and Lori Earl, left, with chairs Lesha and Tom Elsenbrook. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Sarita Hixon, from left, Laura Easton and Leisa Holland Nelson at the Houston Hospice butterfly luncheon April 2015
Sarita Hixon, from left, Laura Easton and Leisa Holland-Nelson.  Photo by © Kim Coffman
Theresa Attwell, from left, Cynthia Nordt and Mary Evans Attwell at the Houston Hospice butterfly luncheon April 2015
Theresa Attwell, from left, Cynthia Nordt and Mary Evans Attwell. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Lauren Barnes and Alex Bonetti at the Houston Hospice butterfly luncheon April 2015
Lauren Barnes and Alex Bonetti. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Rachel Regan, left, and June Stobaugh at the Houston Hospice butterfly luncheon April 2015
Rachel Regan, left, and June Stobaugh. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Rich Walton, left, and Art Smith at the Houston Hospice butterfly luncheon April 2015
Rich Walton, left, and Art Smith. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Maurine Alfrey, left, and Debbie Bauer at the Houston Hospice butterfly luncheon April 2015jpg
Maurine Alfrey, left, and Debbie Bauer. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Mary and Tony Gracely at the Houston Hospice butterfly luncheon April 2015
Mary and Tony Gracely. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Mary Ann McKeithan, from left, Danielle Ellis and Geri Noel at the Houston Hospice butterfly luncheon April 2015
Mary Ann McKeithan, from left, Danielle Ellis and Geri Noel. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Harriet and Joe Foster at the Houston Hospice butterfly luncheon April 2015
Harriet and Joe Foster. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Franelle Rogers, left, and Susan Sarofim at the Houston Hospice butterfly luncheon April 2015
Franelle Rogers, left, and Susan Sarofim. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Bob and Sarita Hixon at the Houston Hospice butterfly luncheon April 2015
Bob and Sarita Hixon. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Tom and Lesha Elsenbrook at the Houston Hospice butterfly luncheon April 2015
Tom and Lesha Elsenbrook. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Wayne and Lori Earl, from left, and Lesha and Tom Elsenbrook at the Houston Hospice butterfly luncheon April 2015
Sarita Hixon, from left, Laura Easton and Leisa Holland Nelson at the Houston Hospice butterfly luncheon April 2015
Theresa Attwell, from left, Cynthia Nordt and Mary Evans Attwell at the Houston Hospice butterfly luncheon April 2015
Lauren Barnes and Alex Bonetti at the Houston Hospice butterfly luncheon April 2015
Rachel Regan, left, and June Stobaugh at the Houston Hospice butterfly luncheon April 2015
Rich Walton, left, and Art Smith at the Houston Hospice butterfly luncheon April 2015
Maurine Alfrey, left, and Debbie Bauer at the Houston Hospice butterfly luncheon April 2015jpg
Mary and Tony Gracely at the Houston Hospice butterfly luncheon April 2015
Mary Ann McKeithan, from left, Danielle Ellis and Geri Noel at the Houston Hospice butterfly luncheon April 2015
Harriet and Joe Foster at the Houston Hospice butterfly luncheon April 2015
Franelle Rogers, left, and Susan Sarofim at the Houston Hospice butterfly luncheon April 2015
Bob and Sarita Hixon at the Houston Hospice butterfly luncheon April 2015
Tom and Lesha Elsenbrook at the Houston Hospice butterfly luncheon April 2015

What: Houston Hospice "Butterfly Luncheon."

Where: The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa.

The 411: Guest speakers Lori and Wayne Earl shared the story of the loss of their 16-year-old daughter, Esther Grace Earl, whose remarkable life was chronicled in This Star Won't Go Out, which was later made into the movie The Fault in Our Stars. Brought down by thyroid cancer, she left behind a message of living life to the fullest.

Lesha and Tom Elsenbrook chaired the luncheon that raised more then $180,000 for Houston Hospice's Butterfly program, recognized nationally for its leadership in pediatric hospice care.

Who: Houston Hospice president and CEO Jim Faucett, Harriet and Joe Foster, Mary and Tony Gracely, Sarita and Bob Hixon, Diane Riley, Jan and Don Wagner, Sally Thomas and Susan Sarofim.