|Death: ||Jan. 9, 2008|
Janice Zimmerman, a leading volunteer at the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Minnesota, died on Jan. 9 at her Minneapolis home of Breast Cancer. She was 65.
Zimmerman was the Breast Cancer Foundation's key spokeswoman, speaking before groups up to 50 times a year, and also leading its Shop for the Cure committee. A longtime retailer, she made the shopping-fundraiser a big success. While giving speeches, she called on the audience to do self-examinations and get mammograms. She was so genuine, she prompted people to act.
She was "ferocious" in her 13-year fight with cancer and endured treatments that many reject. Zimmerman's breast cancer was diagnosed in February 1995. That April, she had a lumpectomy, and in May, a double mastectomy. Nine days later she ran in the Race for the Cure. She befriended many from around the country who had cancer, making herself available to others who needed support. Zimmerman was the author of a book, "Hands Off My Hope - Life Lessons on my Journey with Breast Cancer.".
The St. Cloud native is a Minneapolis Washburn High School graduate. After graduating from Washburn, she attended the University of Minnesota and other colleges.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughters, Stacey Shuster and Wendy Jacobson, mother, Ruth Dechter, sister, Jil Dechter, and two grandchildren.
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