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I can't stop crying... what a inspirational woman she was. Me and Joel were planning to seeing her tomorrow. We would have gone last week but we had company all week from Fla. I am so hurt I did not get to see her.

Katie if you can please post the piciture that came with the email.

Maryanne :cry:

Dear Friends of LUNGevity,

On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of LUNGevity, it is with the deepest sadness that I am writing to inform you that Heather Saler passed away Friday, May 9, 2008. Heather's strength, courage, and perseverance were an inspiration to everyone who knew her and we will sincerely miss her.

Heather was one of the first patient advocates for Lung Cancer Support Community, and provided an introduction between LCSC and LUNGevity. LCSC is now part of LUNGevity Foundation. Heather approached LUNGevity in 2004 about organizing a fundraising walk in South Jersey. At the time, we had not even considered the notion of raising money through regional events, but she was persistent. We never would have imagined that her 2004 walk, which raised $31,000 its first year, would set us on the path of establishing a strong national events program in such a short time. Heather's walk has raised in total, over the years, more than a quarter-million dollars! (For information on this year's South Jersey Walk, click here.) It is because of Heather's tireless dedication that we now have close to 40 events across the country. We will always be grateful to her.

Heather was a five-year survivor of advanced lung cancer - which is a highly uncommon scenario for lung cancer patients. Despite her treatments and personal battle with the disease, she was determined to increase awareness of lung cancer, reduce the stigma associated with the disease, and raise much-needed funds for lung cancer research, all with a smile on her face. After her initial treatment, she felt fortunate to be in remission and wanted to "carry the load" for other, less fortunate lung cancer patients, and the South Jersey Walk was born. Heather showed us all that it is possible to turn an unfortunate situation into opportunities to help others.

Heather is survived by her husband, Brad, her son Tyler Rudnick, her parents Barbara and William (Butch) Briggs, her brother Scott W. (Jennifer) Briggs, and many other loving family members and dear friends. They all "carried the load" for Heather when she was unable.

Friends and family are invited to attend visitation on Wednesday, May 14, 2008, from 9:30 - 11:45 am at Hope United Methodist Church, 700 Cooper Road, Voorhees, NJ 08043. Funeral service to follow at 12noon. Interment at Lakeview Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, if you would like to make a donation in Heather's memory please click here or visit www.lungevity.org/HeatherSaler.

The board of directors and staff of LUNGevity offer their deepest sympathy to Heather's family and friends. We will all miss her.


Jill Feldman


LUNGevity Foundation

435 North LaSalle Street

Suite 310

Chicago, Illinois 60610


312.464.0737 fax


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