We mourn the death of breast cancer activist Deb Mosley. She died on July 22, 2008. She was 40 years old. Before Deb was first diagnosed with breast cancer, she had wanted to compete in a triathlon. In 2000, when she was 31 years old, those plans were put on hold by her diagnosis, but she went on and completed the challenging athletic event. Aware of the political context of the disease and the need for activism, she completed the race as a fundraiser for BCA and the Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic. Along with friend and colleague Angela Padilla, Deb formed Bay Area Young Survivors in 2003, a support and action group for younger women facing this disease. At age 35, she faced a second diagnosis of breast cancer, this time metastatic. Following treatment she took on more athletic endeavors, including hiking up Yosemite’s Half Dome. Deb’s many athletic feats were not only personal achievements for her—they also raised money for breast cancer causes near and dear to her. Deb Mosley inspired so many people affected by breast cancer, and she worked to make a true difference for women living with and at risk of the disease. She will be very much missed and fondly remembered by everyone whose lives she touched.
- Rebecca Farmer