Konrad Schaefers died November 13, 2006. Konrad was a person who stuttered. He was an active member of the German Stuttering Association (Bundesvereinigung Stotterer-Selbsthilfe) for more than 20 years, and worked for them at their office in Koeln for several years. Konrad also was one of the founders of ELSA, the European League of Stuttering Associations. He enjoyed music, poetry, and the positive aspects of life in general
Ruth Heap and Edwin Farr sent the following announcement:
Konrad was taken ill earlier this year (2006) with cancer of the bladder. All those who knew of his operation had hoped that the cancer had gone. Sadly the cancer returned to his lower body in September. He went into hospital in early November and was operated on again on Friday 10 November but the cancer had spread so quickly there was nothing the surgeons or doctors could do.
He will be remembered by all as a dedicated worker for the Bundesvereinigung Stotterer-Selbsthilfe and the European League of Stuttering Associations and to many of us as a very good friend.
Konrad's aim was always to raise awareness of stuttering and give help and support to people who stutter, parents of children who stutter, and speech professionals.
Through his work with the Bundesvereinigung Stotterer-Selbsthilfe and the European League of Stuttering Associations Konrad touched thousands of people's lives and he will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him.