In Loving Memory
July 26, 1966 – August 2, 2017
On August 2, 2017, our dear friend Ms. Lori Marx-Rubiner passed away from metastatic breast cancer. A fierce and staunch patient advocate, Lori dedicated herself to being a voice for the breast cancer community and a much-needed bridge to the research community. Her advocacy expanded through collaborations with research investigators on translational programs, patient-industry relations, social media, and organizations such as METAvivor. Lori joined the CITO Community Engagement Program to help educate the broader audiences about our Center’s work, particularly at the interaction of the physical sciences and oncology.
Lori epitomized strength and determination to fight cancer. She worked tirelessly on behalf of patients, even as she faced overwhelming challenges as a patient herself – and, it is her legacy that will continue to inspire and motivate researchers and future generations of advocates.
“We must, as advocates, continue to push for a seat at the table. We must also remain educated and informed about both the science and the patient community. Participation in conferences and peer review keep us in touch with the emerging science, while involvement with organizations and support groups keep us connected to patients. As any scientific advocate well knows, we do not participate simply as individuals, but rather as representatives for the many.” Lori Marx-Rubiner (2016)