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For Corinna

As a CEO who has seen his share of decades pass, with a WEGO Health team that’s stronger and closer than ever, I can begin to believe that I am ready for just about anything. Then this news, 2 days ago on Facebook:

 

It is with deep sadness that we deliver this news on social media, but we want to be sure that you hear it from her family first. Our dear Corinna Hablig was involved in a fatal accident last week in Costa Rica. We’ve posted her obituary below. We kindly ask that you not post any questions, but feel free to share your loving wishes and memories below.

Corinna Sage Hablig, 26, passed away Thursday, February 15, 2018 in a tragic accident in Costa Rica. She was born July 20, 1991 in Castro Valley, CA. Following the death of her father, Hans Hablig, in 1999, Corinna relocated with her mom to Florida.

Corinna graduated in 2009 from Coral Shores High School in Tavernier, FL. She went on to High Point University where she graduated in 2013. She spent the next five years living in Maryland and just recently moved to Pensacola, FL to be near her stepfather, Phil Netolicky. She was employed by WEGO Health.

Corinna also was predeceased by her mother, Donna Netolicky, in 2014. She leaves behind her devoted stepfather, Phil Netolicky, of Navarre Beach, FL, half sister, Ginger Hastings Kuth (Steve) of Grants Lick, KY, half brother Jarret Hastings (Steve), of San Diego, CA, half sister Desiree Hablig, CA, step brother Flip Netolicky (Laurel) of Pensacola, FL, as well as aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and her dog, Moose, whom she adored.

 

My overwhelming reaction, shared by all of WEGO Health as our leadership team called each one, was disbelief. Yes, a deep gut-punch of sadness, because our company is in every way a family. But I know I wasn’t alone in shaking my head, hard, to be sure I’d heard correctly.

 

Corinna? Our Corinna?

 

Because Corinna was all about LIFE. At 26 she had already survived her parents, but she was a force of light, love and a belovedly wicked sense of humor at WEGO Health. In her work, she lived and breathed the voices of our Patient Leaders as she found the gold in hours of research conversations. “That was Casey, in the 6pm group – her comments were amazing…”

 

The WEGO Health team was lucky enough to meet Corinna through Laurel Netolicky, who gave us the compliment of referring her sister-in-law to join us. Corinna was a big part of our family right away, and she lived her life big: moving to Baltimore, owning it, moving back to Florida to “get the hell out of the cold.” Even when Corinna decided she wanted a dog, she found the biggest damn dog anyone has ever seen. We love dogs at WEGO Health, but Moose – half Burmese Mountain Dog and half Clydesdale – is Corinna-perfect XXXL.

 

There is no good way to make sense of such a big life made so short. The best I can do for all of us is to think of a phrase I use a lot with my team – they are stars. Rock stars. And while she never got the chance to pack a stadium, Corinna lived large and played big, as a star should. We will always remember her as that star who gave it all, who was taken from us far too soon, and who will live forever young and laughing in our hearts.

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