Two sisters from Albany, New York, Sara Wollner and Katie Riggins, have gained widespread popularity on the internet for their heartfelt film in memory of their late mother, Karen, who passed away in July 2022 from pancreatic cancer.
Known for their contagious laughter and open storytelling, the sisters reminisced about their mother, who they lovingly dubbed “Crazy Karen,” who was unique and vivacious. Since it was first posted on TikTok, the video has received over 19 million views, demonstrating its global appeal.
In the video, Wollner said, “Let’s laugh about it and keep it moving,” reflecting their mother’s tenacious nature. The confessional covered a wide range of subjects, from the absurd accident of driving an uninsured vehicle with suspended license plates to neglected obligations like paying taxes.
The sisters burst out laughing as Riggins talked about the difficulties she had organizing their older sister’s baby shower by herself because of Wollner’s unanticipated stomach illness. The admissions went on, interspersing sincere views on hardships and vulnerable moments with heartfelt laughter.
“‘We are women, hear us roar,’ was our family motto,” Riggins recalled, highlighting the resilience their mother had given them through trying times. For individuals experiencing grief, the video—which was made in observance of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month—became a solace and a relatable outlet.
The sisters acknowledged their imperfections and promised, “Lots more to come. We’ll continue to disappoint you as time goes on.” The video’s success highlights the healing power of humour and shared experiences, turning grief into a source of connection for countless viewers worldwide.