Remembering Laura Ziskin

June 13, 2011 at 1:56 pm , by

Laura ZiskinIt’s a sad day at the LHJ offices, and for breast cancer survivors and advocates everywhere. Last night, one of the recipients of our 2011 Do Good Awards, Laura Ziskin, passed away after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 61.

Ziskin, who produced such modern movie classics as Pretty Woman and Spider Man, was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in 2004 and helped co-found the cancer fighting organization, Stand Up 2 Cancer (SU2C). She raised millions of dollars—and worldwide awareness—in the fight against the deadly disease.

When we interviewed Ziskin last spring, she reiterated to LHJ readers that “Cancer is everybody’s cause.” She also told us that SU2C will “only really meet its goal when someone discovers a treatment that’s going to make a difference in a cancer patient’s life. Who knows, maybe that life will be mine.”

You can read more about SU2C and Ziskin’s brave fight at the Stand Up 2 Cancer site.