NEWS: Menya's father Morris has written a book about Menya. The book is available from the publisher. Also, feel free to browse the amazing banners that Menya's aunt Linda made from her clothes.
Menya died on February 13, 2001 after a five year battle with breast cancer. Her memorial service on March 4 was attended by over 300 people.
You can read about Menya in her own words: her original home page, her wedding site, and her story from February 2000. You can also download MP3 files of some of her harp music.
Post your anecdotes about Menya, and I'll put the best of them on this site.
The Toronto Star wrote an article about Menya.
On September 30th, many of us walked 5km in the Toronto Run For The Cure in Menya's memory.
After a heroic, almost-five-year struggle with a rare breast cancer that spread to the brain and involved numerous surgeries, chemotherapies and other treatments, Menya Ruth Wolfe died in the Palliative Care Unit at St. Michael's Hospital on February 13, 2001 at the age of 36, surrounded by love. She leaves behind her remarkable husband, Pete Bevin, who shared the emotional roller coaster ride of her last years; her parents Carla McKague and Morris Wolfe; her siblings Jennifer and Benjamin; their partners Brad and Felice; and the nieces and nephews she so treasured: Noah, Emma, Graeme, Hannah and Paul. Menya began to tell her own story on her web site www.menyawolfe.com. As well, she and her husband established a help page for other women living with inflammatory breast cancer: www.ibcsupport.org. Menya's family is enormously grateful to the team of friends, volunteers, homemakers, nurses and doctors who lovingly cared for Menya at home for five months. A memorial service will be held at Hart House at the University of Toronto on Sunday March 4, 2001 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Menya's name can be made to the organizations listed below.
Trinity Home Hospice was a large part of our life in Menya's last few months, and it would have been impossible to care for her at home for so long without their unwavering support and care. Please consider making a tax-free donation so that they can continue their work. Their address is:
Trinity Home Hospice PO Box 324
Commerce Court Postal Station
Toronto ON M5L 1G3
Menya also requested that donations be made to support research into Inflammatory
Breast Cancer. In Canada, please donate to the Saunders-Matthey Foundation for
Breast Cancer Research, 13 Partridge Drive, Kanata, Ontario K2M 2P6. In the
USA, the address is: Bunny Wing-Fernhall, Director, Development and Alumni Relations,
The George Washington University Medical Center, 2300 Eye Street, NW
Suite 615, Washington, DC 20037. See http://www.ibcresearch.org/ibcregistry
for full details.