Thank you to colleagues, viewers and readers who have inquired about my sister, Maria Jung, who died Monday from colo-rectal cancer.
Maria was only 53 years old and was enjoying the fruits of her wonderful parenting with husband Wayne of their three grown children (and first grandchild).
Maria and Wayne are what drew me to Louisville in the early 1990's. They loved it here, introduced me to the city and helped me make a home, here.
She was my eldest sister and paved the way for five siblings, always keeping an eye out for us with the worry and pride of a parent.
Maria did not recognize the symptoms of colo-rectal cancer soon enough to escape it, although she fought back from an initial diagnosis eight years ago to live fully and see her children marry. She wanted her story to serve as an example of early screenings and treatment for colo-rectal cancer.
My nephew, Courier-Journal freelance sportswriter Chris Jung, wrote a wonderful, loving obituary for his mother that captures her essence and cheerful, giving life.
In lieu of flowers, Maria's family has asked that donations be made to the Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA), an organization that Maria advocated in her mission to raise awareness of colon and rectal cancer. Memorial contributions may be sent and made to: The Colon Cancer Alliance, 1025 Vermont Ave., NW, Suite 1066, Washington, DC 20005, or by visiting Maria's personal donation page at: http://support.ccalliance.org/goto/MariaJung.