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Goodbye to my dear, dear friend CJ Taylor

August 14th, 2011

Lisa Dawson

CJ Taylor

CJ Taylor lost her long, hard battle with ovarian cancer today.

She was my friend and my mentor for more than a decade. She made me feel I could achieve anything if I put my mind to it. And I would do just about anything for her.

CJ would see a need in our community and make it her mission to address it. She took her personal experiences with breast cancer and youth substance abuse and worked hard to ensure others could benefit from what she and her family learned.

She founded the Comprehensive Breast Center at Providence (now Swedish Cherry Hill) and later led the Puget Sound Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure in expanding breast cancer screening, treatment and support services for women in our community. CJ and her husband Bob’s own struggles prompted them to create the SAMA Foundation, which provides much needed resources for families dealing with adolescent drug addiction.

Earlier this year she told me she was satisfied with her life, that life had been good to her. I thought the world had been pretty damn lucky she was a part of it. I know I’m a better woman for having known her.

I am so terribly sad she is gone. I will be forever grateful for the gift of her friendship.


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  1. Stephanie Yankeh #
    August 14, 2011

    CJ has not only motivated us to fight, but has shown us how, with an open heart and open arms for those who share our passion. Through tears I must remind myself what an incredible group of individuals she has united and I look forward to remaining on the front lines of the fight with you and the rest of the friends CJ has brought together throughout her years. Big virtual hug to you Lisa, xo.

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