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Kathryn WestJune 9, 1962 - December 9, 2018
Kathryn West was an instrumental force in the founding and shaping of Breakaway from Cancer. She dedicated her life to helping others, always put patients first and developed lasting friendships with many survivors who she met through Breakaway from Cancer. Following a brave and fervent fight, Kathryn lost her own battle with cancer in December 2018.
Kathryn joined Amgen in the spring of 2000 as Clinical Oncology Specialist Director and she led the team in educating nurses and physicians about Amgen's medicines for cancer patients. In 2005 she became Advocacy Director and worked tirelessly to initiate, develop and maintain strong, valuable relationships with advocacy groups across the oncology community. Kathryn worked to both develop advocacy engagement strategies and to leverage her relationships with the advocacy community to meet the needs of cancer patients. Her name was synonymous with the oncology advocacy community.
Prior to joining Amgen, Kathryn was a certified oncology nurse and worked at George Washington University Medical Center, Long Beach Miller Children's Hospital and UCLA Medical Center.
Kathryn enjoyed her work and loved life. She loved handbags, shoes, a good steak, well-seasoned ham hocks and turkey necks, chicken wings and Randy's Donuts. She brought her sarcastic sense of humor to her work and personal life, did not accept disorder and always made sure things were detailed and in order.
Devoted to her religious life, Kathryn was an active member of St. Brigid Catholic Church in Los Angeles where she enjoyed her parish family and shared her time and talent. She served on the Youth Ministry Support team, Gospel Choir, Development Committee, Welcoming Committee, Parish Council and Parish Communications.
Kathryn's devotion and compassionate ability to relate to and connect with patients will carry on through Breakaway from Cancer.
She is forever our Breakaway from Cancer Champion.
Following a five-year battle with cancer, on April 25, 2018, 30-year-old Georgia native Jackie Crowell passed away. Crowell, a professional cyclist, was diagnosed with glioblastoma in October 2013 and underwent surgery and subsequent treatement for the next five years. In 2014, while no longer competing on the professional tour, Crowell continued to train and was able to participate in the Amgen Tour of California individual women's time trial in an Amgen Breakaway from Cancer skinsuit. Jackie's passion, perseverance and courage are recognized and remembered through a memorial women's cycling fund to support USA cycling development programs.