We remember 9 Richmond residents touched by cancer this year.
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To commemorate World Cancer Day, we remember Richmond residents touched this year by the disease.
Cooper Henry Abbott
In spite of his illnesses, this determined 9-year-old "played baseball, practiced Tae Kwon Do, was an avid Star Wars fan and last year, even began 3rd grade alongside his classmates." Cooper's courage and "bright, brave soul" inspired"legions of friends around the country," earning him his school's "Citizenship Award" – "a distinction that pleased him mightily."
Donate to the Lia-Fraumeni Syndrome Association in Cooper's honor here.
Kathryn Susie Acors
Friends remember Susie as spirited and fun-loving, the kind of person who sparkled with personality and always waved from her porch "no matter how many times I walked by." "Heaven gained a red-headed spit-fire of an angel and everyone will know she is there!"
Donate to the American Cancer Society in Susie's honor here.
Martha Faris Brodrick
Twice a breast-cancer survivor herself, Martha's loss of her mother and daughter to the disease fueled her passionate efforts to help find a cure. Martha impacted the children of Mechanicsville Elementary School for over 30 years, regaling her students with scrappy stories of the "little girl from Hell's Corner."
Donate to the American Cancer Society in Martha's honor here.
Michael Robert Cline
A veteran, skydiver, and committed educator, Michael was beloved for his "keen support" and his"lifelong love of art, cinema, science, history, anthropology and architecture." He left so many friends that his epic obituary could not hold them all: "If you weren't mentioned specifically by name, please don't feel slighted the Times Dispatch charges by the line."
Donate to the American Cancer Society in Michael's honor here.
David Todd Connors
David's "determination to live for his wife and young children fueled his long struggle with colorectal cancer." After the diagnosis, David focused on the work of living, providing for his family and enjoying the time they had left together: "He took his daughter, 8-year-old Adeline, on Geocaching treasure hunt adventures and played soccer with his son, 5-year-old Matthew." "He never had a pity party. People would look at us and try to figure out, 'Who is the cancer patient?' "
Donate to the fund for David's family here.
Bonnie Lee Crew
Bonnie was celebrated as a "strong woman with a larger than life personality who enjoyed crafts, boating, the beach, music and her pets." Friends remember "a fun and talented lady" and"beautiful light in my life" who"kept me laughing."
Donate to the American Cancer Society in Bonnie's honor here.
Myles K. Hudson
A former National Guard sharpshooter, Myles' "constant pursuit of excellence" supported him through a 30-year corporate career and a post-retirement degree. Celebrated for the treats he delighted in creating for friends and family "on his 'Green Egg' grill," friends remember a neighbor who always took time for driveway conversations and milestone moments, an "encouraging, kind man who cared deeply for others--and one who mastered the Big Green Egg."
Donate to the American Cancer Society in Myles' honor here.
Yong Ok Johnson
As the longtime owner and operator of a local salon, Yong was part of many milestones for Colonial Heights families. The giver of many first-haircuts and bridal-party manicures, Yong is remembered by friends and family for her warmth ("The first time I meet her she put both her hands on my cheeks and said how pretty my eyes were!"), sense of fun ("I'll never forget her dancing to Gangnam Style down the center of the shop!") and, above all, commitment to her family ("Her family was everything and her beautiful little granddaughters were the apple of her eye.").
Donate to an education fund for Yong's granddaughters here.
This "uncomplicated man who never failed to help someone in need" loved to "fish and work in his vegetable garden and meet people." Friends remember a little boy who adored the outdoors and "explored every inch of the woods all around our houses," and a man of warmth and friendliness: "I never knew us to have a disagreement," "He was this first one in Beaverdam to welcome the Yankee."
Donate to the American Cancer Society in Clifton's honor here.
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