RIGBY--Ellen November, Ellen November Rigby died February 3, 2013, three days shy of her 50th birthday. When, at age 37, faced with a devastating diagnosis of stage-4 breast cancer, Ellen refused to let this--her first occurrence of disease--define or dominate her life, and she inspired many beyond how words could ever describe. She volunteered for Y-ME and the Young Survival Coalition to mentor young women through their journeys with breast cancer. Through her support group at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Ellen connected with so many in her endless work to soothe, educate, and support young women newly diagnosed with cancer. Born on February 6th, 1963, she grew up in Great Neck, NY. She graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and from the University of Michigan Law School. Her law career started at Rogers & Wells. After then working at Merrill Lynch's real estate investment trust, Ellen was General Counsel at Emmes Asset Management Co. until her death. Her husband of 14 years, Peter Rigby; brother, Michael November; and uncle, Robert November, survive her. Donations in Ellen Rigby's memory may be made to the Ellen N. Rigby Fund for Metastatic Breast Cancer Research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (attn: Jane Wyel), a fund to support research into better understanding how breast cancers become resistant to drug treatments. A memorial service will be held in the spring.
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Published in The New York Times on Feb. 26, 2013