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Our Mom, Ann Marie Zeller, passed away on July 20th, 2017 in Stamford, Connecticut surrounded by her loving family after a hard fought five-year battle against rare cancer.
We were her team captains and cheerleaders through this journey- and are incredibly proud of her and to have been by her side right up until the end.
We have found solace and support in the Cycle for Survival family for many years- and plan on getting right back on the bikes in NYC come February.
Mom approached her fight in the same way she approached all things- with grit, grace, humility, and laughter. She never let her diagnosis define her, or deter her from the pursuit of a life filled with hard work, happiness and adventure.
Mom was always surrounded and supported by friends and family. Her older sister, Nancy, demonstrated the meaning of true sisterhood by attending every appointment and surgery, and researching treatment options with her husband Dick to ensure our team was exploring every possibility. Aunt Nancy was- and still is- our guide, our rock, our shoulder to cry on, and now one of our closest friends.
Her younger sister, Janie, supported her with love and ensured her well known sweet tooth never went unattended to (specifically through homemade lemon squares). Moms best friends, Catalina and Claire, never missed a beat in showing up for Mom in the toughest moments, and always made sure her glass was half full (literally and figuratively). They are a limitless source of hugs, smiles, and stories; and will forever be part of how we remember Mom.
We will always remember Mom sitting in her favorite chair, looking out over the water in Rowayton, with a glass of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and her beloved pup Simba.
It goes without saying that every dollar makes a difference, and means the world to us. We hope for a future where no family has to go through this, where no doctor ever has to say ‘there is nothing else we can do’, and for a world where rare cancer is history.
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