By Jenny Song
By Jenny Song
Shortly after celebrating her two-year survival of stage IV stomach cancer, cancer researcher Anita Roberts died at home on May 26, 2006, at age 64. The National Cancer Institute scientist was profiled in the spring issue of CR.
Roberts kept a blog at www.anitaroberts.net, where she wrote her last entry on May 10, a month after her return from a family retreat to Cozumel, Mexico.
"I'm quickly approaching the end of my journey," she wrote. "Cozumel was a miracle, a dream, a week of love and happiness and family togetherness and a long-planned celebration of my two-year survival. However the well-being I experienced in Cozumel was an anomaly in the spectrum of time since ... early February. I've been rapidly losing ground to this disease and I've now come home to end my life's journey in peace. Love to all of you, and no regrets."
Roberts' former colleague Michael Sporn, a professor at Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, N.H., says Roberts brought out the best in everyone who worked with her.
"She left her mark on all who had the privilege of being associated with her," he says.
Roberts leaves behind a husband, two sons, a sister and five grandchildren, in addition to her legacy in cancer research.
A memorial fund has been established in Roberts' name. For information about the fund, please see CR's resources.