It’s tough for me to write this. I’ve struggled with the words. What do you say when two people you love have died? How do you wphoto 2rite the words and capture the essence of their spirits,   their lives, their legacies? I guess just simply. Anitra Rooney passed away after a three year battle with breast cancer. Take a look at her caped crusader self holding onto Wendy Morihiro. That picture says it all. Fighter. Spirited. Fabulous. She was a beautiful wife, sister and friend. My friend Donna Adessi also passed this weekend. She wore lipstick into her surgery and never looked backDonna. She was a tough girl from Providence, Rhode Island. She had a heart of gold and the jewelry to match. She was really something else.

Fighting cancer is exhausting. Now Anitra and Donna can rest. And we’ll keep fighting. Rest in peace my dear partners in this struggle. Rest in peace.photo 1

As you remember your loved ones whom you have lost, please remember this beautiful poem by Joshua Liebman:

“Then for each of us the moment comes when the great nurse, death, takes us by the hand and quietly says, “It is time to go home. Night is coming. It is your bedtime, child of earth. Come, you’re tired. Lie down at last in the quiet nursery of nature and sleep. Sleep well. The day is gone. Stars shine in the canopy of eternity.”

By Laura Farmer Sherman, Executive Director, Susan G. Komen San Diego