Sandy Springs resident and breast cancer advocate Randi Passoff died Sept. 22 after a 15-year battle with breast cancer.
“She will be very much missed by everyone,” said her friend Melissa Hickman in an e-mail.
A mother of three and grandmother of three, Passoff devoted herself to raising awareness and money for breast cancer services and research, and was featured in several Reporter Newspapers articles. Passoff was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995.
“You really do wake up and you smell the roses,” Passoff had said about her prognosis in a June interview. “You notice the blue skies, and you notice the green grass, and even when it’s rainy and chilly, how beautiful it is. You really take that in every single day. There’s not a day I don’t see beauty out there because of what I have gone through.”
In 2002, Passoff founded the nonprofit organization It’s The Journey Inc., and its main fundraiser, The Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer. In its first seven years, the walk raised $6.6 million and has awarded 107 grants to breast cancer organizations in Atlanta, according to the organization’s website. The next walk will be held Oct. 2 and 3.
In 2008, the city of Sandy Springs awarded Passoff with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award.
“Our prayer is that others will continue the fight for a cure of this dreaded disease, using Randi Passoff and her memory as a guiding light to lead the way,” said relative Debbie Silkett in an e-mail.
Funeral arrangements are pending.