Celebrate and Remember

Susan G. Komen® Greater Detroit encourages you to share your story with us and learn from others as they share theirs. These pages incorporate powerful images of breast cancer and documents stories as real tributes of courage.

One single story can inspire, teach and provide hope for millions of women and men across the globe. And whether it’s a story of survivorship, or information about innovative research or complementary treatments, the power of someone’s words can have an impact greater than you would ever imagined.

Please contact us at Info@komengreaterdetroit.org to share your story In Memory or In Celebration of those who have battled breast cancer. You may also send us a photo of a Lost Loved One to be shown on the page below.


Lost Loved Ones

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Peggy Altenburg
Died: August 28, 2011
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Margaret LeeVan Andrie
January 7, 1963 – May 21, 2004
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Karen Angellotti
March 30, 1939 – September 17, 2006
Karen

Tawonna Lynn Anthony
June 21, 1980 – February 17, 2013
Towanna Anthony
Tawonna with son Miles

 Vicki Arnott
September 28, 1977 – April 29, 2013
Vicki Arnott

Nancy Bankowski
October 6, 1951 – November 19, 2011
Nancy Bankowski
Nancy with granddaughter Ava Grace

Evon D. Barnett
November 2, 1942 – May 30, 2000
Evon Barnett

Doris L. Barney
December 10, 1945 – August 28, 2012
Doris L. Barney

Sherliane “Diann” Kee-Beauford
August 12, 1955 – May 13, 2012
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Anne Berry
May 8, 1957 – May 12, 2012
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Penny Bosman
June 1, 1951 – March 31, 2013

Penny Bosman

Sherry Boudreau
June 22, 1957 – June 3, 2010

Denise M. Braddix
October 23, 1949 – January 3, 2007
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Denise with daughter Lisa

Mary Elizabeth Brown
March 26, 1935 – March 31, 2012
Mary

Denise Bryan
April 5, 1958 – September 18, 2012
Denise Bryan Photo
Denise (far right) with friend Tracy and Tracy’s daughter Kaitlyn

Carla Burch
June 29, 1976 – January 3, 2014
Carla Burch

Patricia Carballo
March 19, 1932 – August 3, 1984

Mother of Radio Channel 95.5 Radio Personality Mojo

Carline Thomas Carter
October 27, 1954 – April 13, 2009
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Carline with daughter LaTasha

Susan Cascade
June 16, 1944 – February 2008

Susan Cascade, MaryAnn Short and Judy Campbell

Cyndie Catanese
Dec. 26,1950 – Feb. 16,2009

Cyndie surrounded by her husband, nine children and other family members

Melissa Chalela
August 19th, 1972 – July 17th, 2008

Team: Sweet Melissa

Mary Christy
January 20, 1950 – January 4, 2014
Mary Christy

Carol Cole
November 14, 1943 – April 6, 2009
Carol Cole

Teresa Colter
December 23, 1962 – November 30, 2010
Teresa Colter

Heidi Denler
January 22, 1951 – May 13, 2013
Heidi Denler
Heidi with husband John

 

Rev. Margo Byers Dexter
1956 – 2012

Marilyn Dorsey
November 20, 1949 – January 7, 2015
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Cecelia Reyes Ellis
January 20, 1922 – December 13, 2006

Patricia Ellis’ mother.

Tami Fink
May 5, 1965 – May 18, 2011
 
Tami and her husband Gary

Carolyn A. Garrison
May 28, 1941 – February 3, 2012

Robin D. Glover
1964 – 2012
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Janice Grobbel
June 12, 1949 – January 9, 2011

Jan was Jennifer Hayse’ mother (Jenn-Possible Team)

Farida Hatem
Died February 27, 2011

Farida, at left, with friends and colleagues from ACCESS

Jennifer Hayse
September 29, 1971 – February 10, 2006

Team: Jenn-Possible

Phyllis Queen Healy
April 15, 1939 – May 6, 2012
Phyllis Healy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharon Heindl
July 22, 1952 – June 2, 2010
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Kimberly Hekker
March 9, 1960 – August 10, 2009

Kim and partner Pam Wright

Cari Johnson Helebrant
October 8, 1973 – February 11, 2010
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Cari with son Austin

Socorro Hernandez
April 24, 1954 – February 27, 1990
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Mary L. Hicks
June 21, 1914 – July 16, 1989

Brenda Hoffman
November 4, 1960 – February 12, 2014
Brenda Hoffman
Brenda with daughters Angela and Amanda

Beverly Joan Howard
September 14, 1942 – February 12, 2009

Sheri Ingersoll
April 4, 1963 – June 18, 2013
Sheri Ingersoll

 Kristy Kaherl
March 2, 1950 – September 12, 2008

Team: Super Survivor
2009 Karmanos Cancer Institute Heroes of Breast Cancer Geri Lester Courage Award 

Dawn Kahn
September 21, 1972 – March 28, 2007

2007 Karmanos Cancer Institute Heroes of Breast Cancer Geri Lester Courage Award

Barbara Ann Karmanos
September 23, 1942 – January 10, 1989

Susie Keenan
July 11, 1950 – July 2, 2001

Kathleen Knezek
July 7, 1957 – July 30, 2007

2007 Honorary Team New Balance

Susan Goodman Komen
October 31,1942 – August 4, 1980

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Alexa Kraft
September 23, 1948 – April 10, 1988
Alexa Kraft was one of Detroit’s most talented female runners who died of breast cancer at the age of 39. The first place runner award in the survivor category is named in memory of Alexa Kraft.

Sandi Krawke
March 15, 1965 – October 26, 2012
Sandi Krawke

Bea Lentine
July 6, 1932 – September 1, 2012
Bea Lentine
Bea with daughter Jeannine Duprie

Geri Lester
March 22, 1938 – May 8, 2003

Founding member of the Komen Detroit Race Planning Committee

 Susan E. MacNeill Lichtenberg, PhD
 
April, 1963 – February 9, 2014
Susan E. MacNeill Lichtenberg, PhD

Detria Maddox
April 24, 1963 – April 8, 2009
 

Alissa Nicole Martin
January 1, 1975 – November 29, 2009

Natalie Parker-Kuerbitz and Alissa


Team: Alissa’s Angels

Diane Martin
June 1948 – June 2003

Sarah C. Martin
April 5, 1935 – September 17, 2009
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Jacqueline Balster Martins
November 2, 1967 – February 9, 2014
Jacqueline Balster Martins

Michele Mitchel
October 28, 1948 – March 12, 2010

Since Michele’s death from vulvar cancer, her husband Bob has devoted himself to raising funds to fight cancer.

Maneel Sandeep More
June 27, 1974 – April 2, 2012

Sonia Morgan
Sonia died in 1999.

Sonia with daughter Samantha.

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Gertrude Nasir
November 10, 1926 – May 2, 1993

Amy Rauch Neilson
November 19, 1968 – May 6, 2012
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 Beverly Palazzolo
April 13,1952 – October 2, 2010

Kathleen Mary Peabody
August 11, 1951 – February 2, 2010

One of the founding members of the Komen Detroit Race Planning Committee.
Breast cancer survivor multiple times; Kathleen died from ovarian cancer.

Opal Bell Poland
March 16, 1929 – February 26, 2001
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Charlene Pongracz
August 7, 1970 – June 4, 2010

Juliette Powell
April 7, 1962 – March 23, 2007
Juliette Powell

Shirley “Lulu” Primeau
July 12, 1921 – December 28 , 2010

Michael Meldrum with his aunt, Lulu.

Naomi E. Reed 
Feb. 17, 1968 – Sept. 26, 2010
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Sam Rosens
February 24, 1934 – January 11, 2009

Sam Rosens with daughter Tami Fink

Sheronza Scott
April 1, 1978 – July 23, 2010

Julie Grace Sim
January 28, 1965 – December 5, 2005

Mary Chris Skeldon
December 13, 1952 – May 23, 2015
Mary Chris Skeldon
Former Komen Northwest Ohio Affiliate Board President
2013 Karmanos Cancer Institute Heroes of Breast Cancer Geri Lester Courage Award

Catherine Brand Smith
January 3, 1918 – February 19, 1977
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Dr. Clarea Ann Smith
February 8, 1936 – April 27, 1982
Clarea Ann Smith
Clarea Ann with daughter Claire Dedow

Jill Smith
July 15, 1954 – May 28, 2011

Jill with her friend and angel Yolanda

Marsha Joan Sparks
October 19, 1942 – April 29, 1998
Marsha Joan Sparks

Bridget Spence
July 16, 1983 – April 5, 2013
Bridget Spence

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Deanna Stephens
Died: September 2007

2008 Karmanos Cancer Institute Heroes of Breast Cancer Geri Lester Courage Award

Nan Tebelman
1949-2000
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The inspiration for the team Nans Fans.

Martha Telinda
March 30, 1952 – February 13, 2015
Martha Telinda

Christina Thomason
November 5, 1973 – May 15, 2013
Christina Thomason

Michelle Tubbs
July 6, 1976 – November 12, 2016

 

Michele Tuomi
Died: November 11, 2011
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Grace Valenziano
March 3, 1934 – December 25, 2005
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Betty Wade
October 25, 1947 – March 29, 2010

Sherion Bounds, Betty Wade, and Betty’s sister Joyce Howard

Tamika Whitmore 
March 26, 1977 – April 9, 2008
 
Tamika and her daughter Tea. Member of the Smith Barney team.

Joanne Porter Williams
November 17, 1953 – November 17, 2011

Cassandra Woods
September 27, 1948 – February 27, 2013

 Cassandra Woods_Heroes Cassandra Woods & Senator Levin
Founding president of Greater Metropolitan Detroit Chapter of Sisters Network,
2010 KCI Heroes of Breast Cancer Geri Lester Courage Award and State Director for Senator Carl Levin. 

Noel J. Zakens
1973 – 2014
Noel J. Zakens

 

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