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Melissa Peterson July 31, 2010


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Melissa was a spokesperson for lung cancer in the Seattle area, especially for GRACE, and the organizer of Seattle's 2009 NLCP Free to Breathe. I did not know her personally, but was aware that she had been in the hospital the past two weeks. Dr. West posted a lovely tribute to her here: http://cancergrace.org/blog/2010/07/31/a-loss-to-the-lung-cancer-world-and-the-world-in-general/

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Official obit:

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/seattl ... =144529676

Melissa (Nelson) Peterson, 42, daughter of Mike & Chris Nelson and the late Maryann (Zowada) Nelson, wife of Matt Peterson, and mother to Lucia, died on July 31. Melissa grew up in Republic, WA where she developed a passion for the outdoors. She graduated from Seattle U with a BS in Environmental Science.A lover of live music, food and wine, and global adventures, she and Matt were married on August 26, 2000. Daughter Lucia was born in 2003 to great joy. Shortly after turning 40, Melissa was diagnosed with lung cancer. Shocked, but resolved, she became an advocate and national blogger for lung cancer research and continued to live and love fully. Melissa worked in the ad & marketing industry in Seattle, helping to start agency Creature, then later as Acct Director at DS&P. She was loved by clients and co-workers alike, often turning work relations into lasting friendships. Melissa is also survived by grandparents Ray & Ann Zowada, in-laws Jean & Bill Messner and Rock & Maggie Peterson, grandparents Harry & Carol Stuchell and Verna Cunningham, and many loving cousins and family members. She will also be missed by a legion of devoted and diverse friends, all of whom remember how Melissa could always brighten your day. We will celebrate her exuberant life on Aug. 22 at the Miller & Miller Boatyard in Seattle. Memorials are suggested to GRACE (cancergrace.org) or The National Lung Cancer Partnership.

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