Mary Ann Harvard IN MEMORIAM

T he UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center mourns the loss of one of its most loyal and dedicated friends, Mary Ann Harvard, who lost her 10-year battle with cancer on November 27, 2013, at the age of 33. Originally diagnosed with Hodgkin s lymphoma in 2003, Mary Ann fought her cancer through six recurrences, and she did so with grace, strength, hope, and above all, courage.

A charter member of the Cancer Center s Young Supporters Board, Mary Ann was an integral part of the board, and she was always willing to help in any way she could. In addition to being a passion- ate advocate for cancer research, she also served on the board s Patient and Family Services committee, which gave her the opportunity to share her story with oth- ers going through similar circumstances. Mary Ann s desire to encourage other cancer patients and give them hope was an inspiration to everyone who met her.

In her memory, the Young Supporters Board has established the Mary Ann Harvard Memorial Young Investigators Grant, which will support the research of promising young cancer scientists at the Cancer Center and con- tinue the work that Mary Ann was so passionate about.

As Mary Ann said in a 2012 interview about her work with the Cancer Center, The Young Supporters Board gives you a really good opportunity to give back to the community and to feel like you can do some- thing that benefits us all. I have realized that I have a gift that can help people. That really is my goal in life that I can make something positive out of this disease.

Mary Ann Harvard July 16, 1980 November 27, 2013

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