IN THE NEWS • 05/17/2017
In Memoriam: Remembering Pam W.
Our friend and volunteer Pam Weyant died on April 14th after living with active disease for 7 ½ years. Pam was loving and real. She was a wonderful mother to her two boys whom she loved more than anything. She was so very proud of all they had accomplished. While spending time with Pam I came to realize many called her Mama Weyant, she took care of everyone around her. She was school librarian for 30+ years and a supporter of students and teachers. [caption id="attachment_6047" align="alignright" width="286"] Pam (far left) with the Arizona Chapter at the 2017 Phoenix Undy Run/Walk[/caption] Pam was more than a colon cancer survivor; Pam also had a generous soul, as I'm sure of which many can attest. She never met a person in need that she didn't find some way of helping. Her volunteer work at the Colon Cancer Alliance Central Arizona Chapter became her one of her passions. Pam put in many days and hours helping at local events and support groups all around Arizona. If you were lucky she would offer to show you her Tibetan sound healing bowls or come to an event with books for everyone. She was a determined soul even during a health crisis she would not a let a collapsed lung or oxygen tank get in the way of volunteering and her desire to spread awareness about colon cancer. Pam also spent many hours chatting on Blue Hope Nation with her colon cancer “buddies” or “her colon cancer family." She loved that she was able to chat daily; I say, "her family" with all seriousness because she didn't just chat them, she really took them into her heart and kept in contact with them, even when she was not well. [caption id="attachment_6049" align="alignleft" width="286"] Pam at the 2017 mCRC Live Your Best Life Symposium[/caption] Pam showed us that our time in this world is not for self-indulgence and looking for gratitude, it is about being there for one another and by doing so making this world a better place. Pam did everything for her family, but she also rallied the family to volunteer and support others in need. It is a painful time because we lost a friend. But if we are to make some sense of what is really incomprehensible at this time we should all keep Pam alive in our hearts. We should take who she was, what she stood for and learn from it. Pam would want us to know that cancer did not define her, it did not win. Pam won by living her life by her rules. She gave it her all and on her own terms. Her beautiful spirit will live on through her children, and they will always know how much she loved them. Lastly, her magnetic smile and fierce blue hair will be missed by everyone that knew her. This blog was written by Pam's friend and Central Arizona Chapter member Kim Newcomer.