Randi Passoff Passes Away

4:25 PM, Sep 23, 2010   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Loved ones will gather Friday to celebrate the life of Randi Passoff, a warrior in the fight against breast cancer and founder of the Atlanta 2-Day Walk.

A two-time breast cancer survivor, Randi was determined not to let the disease that kills thousands of women every year break her stride.

After the Avon Breast Cancer Walk left Atlanta in 2004, Randi had a plan. She took the reins and created the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, a 30 mile walk to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research. This year's walk runs Oct. 2 through 3. 

It's been seven years since the first one, and the organization Randi founded has raised nearly $7 million and awarded 107 local grants to breast cancer organizations.

All the money raised in Atlanta stays in Atlanta, and that was something that made Randi very proud.

But just when things were looking up, Randi's own journey started taking some sharp twists and turns.

She was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer six years ago.

The doctors told her it was incurable, but Randi refused to believe the inevitable.

She was very proactive, seeing her oncologist Dr. Colleen Austin at Atlanta Cancer Care from the beginning. Randi also participated in groundbreaking clinical trials at the world renown Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and highly respected MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Last week, Randi was admitted to Emory University Hospital. She underwent emergency surgery after doctors found her cancer had spread.

She could simply battle no more.

Randi took her last breath on Wednesday with her family by her side. She was 61.

A memorial service will be held for her from noon to 6 p.m. at the La Quinta Suites on Peachtree Dunwoody Road. Everyone is welcome.

Randi's family has asked that those wanting to make donations make them to a new organization Randi started this year called Paint Georgia Pink at 5920 Roswell Rd, Atlanta, GA 30328.

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