It was a great honor to know Ellen. I was inspired by her passion and her complete focus on always improving care . Ellen was always the clear voice in the room , speaking with the greatest integrity and compassion. She raised the bar for all of us and taught us so much. Betty Ferrell
After returning to work following treatment for a rare form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, I interviewed Ellen for a video on surviving cancer and it was love at first sight. She was the perfect interview and then immediately wanted to know how she could help me. Soon, Ellen invited me to join the NCCS board and I spent 5 years watching Ellen navigate different issues and policy considerations with respect for all sides. Ellen not only defined cancer survivorship but she was the essence of a true advocate -- informed, a great listener, a visionary and someone with the courage to take on tough issues and do it with class. We won't find Ellen again but we can celebrate all the progress in the fight against cancer that she made possible.
When I hear the word "advocate", Ellen Stovall is the immediate image that comes to mind. I have never met anyone who better personifies that term. She was an advocate professionally and personally. Her work will live on -- and her dedication has inspired so many to continue in her footsteps. I feel lucky to have known Ellen and learned from her and, like all of us, benefited from her advocacy. The world is s better place because of her and she is greatly missed.
I was recruited to the NCCS board by Ellen and Robert Sachs and to serve for many years. She was incredibly persistent and persuasive, as was her trademark in everything she did. Her work will improve life for millions of people who will never know her name. I'm honored to be among those who had the chance to work with her.
Ellen was a tireless advocate for cancer patients, overcoming her own symptoms and fatigue from cancer treatments to help others. She was an example of advocacy at its best, putting the needs of others before herself. I am proud she was my friend.
I am honored to have recently learned about Ellen. I have survived brain cancer since 1978 and I am encouraged and proud to have survived for 38 years. Your work is an inspiration.
Ellen was my cousin, my inspiration and mentor as I chose the nonprofit path and then ran a cancer support organization. I miss her terribly.
I will miss Ellen terribly. I am pleased that she is getting the recognition she so deserves. She has done so much for many and is an inspiration to us all. Stay well.
Sending love and Prayers for the Stovall/Lewis families. What an AMAZING woman she was!!
As an advocate, I have learned for 20 years from Ellen's quiet strength, her ability to bring discordant voices together in the debates on cancer policy, her deep and thoughtful understanding of what it meant to be a cancer survivor, and the extraordinary work she did for all of us. She was the best of us and she taught us all to be our best selves.
Musa Mayer, AdvancedBC.org
Our 'cancer survivors' work in Western Australia has been influenced by Ellen's thoughtful and powerful advocacy for patients. Her work will be remembered and built on by many. Thank you Ellen!
Very sad news
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Thank you , Ellen Stovall, for being you........greatfully , a cancer survivor
Ellen served on the Board of Directors of the Cure For Lymphoma Foundation, the predecessor to the Lymphoma Research Foundation. We will be forever grateful for her guidance in the founding days of our foundation and for the programs she initiated throughout her cancer advocacy. We are deeply saddened.
Barbara and Jerry Freundlich
Co-Founders, Lymphoma Research Foundation
Ellen is well-known for her untiring efforts to facilitate the transition from cancer patient to cancer survivor. But she did not limit herself to just those with cancer. She took the time to help me through a very difficult surgery and recovery. She gave me the inspiration to advocate for myself and for others who are in similar circumstances. Largely through her efforts, I have been empowered to fight for myself and others as I know she would have done.
I'm so sorry to hear of Ellen's loss. She was warm, funny, intelligent, and passionate and I am honored to have known her during my time working at NCCS. May her courage continue to inspire everyone who knew her.
Thoughts and prayers will be with you all at this very difficult time. In all my years, have never seen another human touch so many lives. You were very blessed to have had her.
Barbara & Alan Rubin
Ellen Stovall was a profile in courage, a hero.
Ellen inspired me to be extra sensitive to the feelings of a cancer survivor. I applied all I learned from her with my own mother Margarita, who died of cancer in 2006. Thank you Ellen for all you did for humanity.
What a really special person your Ellen was. We are so sorry she is no longer in this life. May her memory be a blessing to you.
How very blessed we are to have known and spent time with Ellen. I am deeply and humbly grateful to her for more reasons than I can possibly list here. My prayers and love continue to support her family and friends, as they cope with this enormous loss.
Ellen has been my hero since I first met her at an NCCS conference a year after my third diagnosis of Hodgkins in the early 90's. She and the other pioneers of the Cancer Survivorship movement continue to be my role models for survivorship, advocacy, articulating the survivorship journey and graciousness. I am honored and humbled to have known Ellen, have learned so much from her and will miss her presence in this world. I will also continue to live with hope in my heart, as Ellen said "in the presence of hope, anything is possible". Thank you Ellen, for the difference you made in my life and the lives of so many.
You shall be missed, Ellen. My heart mourns our loss. while recognizing your decades of honorable leadership in public policy on behalf of patients. Your kindness for all, compassion, fervent clarity on patient policy issues and your example shall serve our nation well. Rest well, my friend.
Ellen was truly a 'giver' and never a 'taker'. Truly an angel in life who will always be remembered for what she did for so many. We all thank Ellen for her past efforts and future efforts by the others who will work harder in memory of Ellen.
Mine is one of the countless families to whom Ellen held out the hand of hope when someone we cherished appeared to be in a hopeless situation. My late sister-in-law, Colleen Mooney, loved Ellen with all her heart (as my sister Gael and I do) without ever knowing the joy (that Gael and I had) of meeting her. Colleen somehow knew that Ellen loved pea pods. Whenever we saw something pretty with a pea pod design on it, Colleen would say, "We ought to get that for Ellen!" And more than once, she did just that. Ellen was a constant presence in our lives, hovering over us like an angel. I know this is whimsical. It might even be silly. But I can't help imagining Colleen standing there waiting for Ellen with open arms...finally allowed to thank her in person. May their light and love continue to shine upon us all.
In memory of Ellen, a woman of valor; a cancer survivor and advocate,; a proactive voice for those afflicted with cancer; a model for others on dealing with adversity; a wonderful friend, wife and mother.
Sending caring thoughts to Briana & Jonathan!
I enjoyed her company at the pool in the summer. She was a beautiful person and we loved talking cooking and laughing about things. Everyone will miss her. May she have no more pain and rest in piece with God! My thoughts our with her family at this sad time. Sending prayers!
Ellen helped changed the dialogue within the oncology community. Her impact was felt by survivors, clinicians and legislatures. I will always be appreciative of my time at NCCS and the leadership she provided.
I collaborated with Ellen on many cancer advocacy projects. She was a wonderful blend of strength, wisdom and compassion that made her a role model for many of us.
Our thoughts are with you, as with very heavy hearts we send our love and condolences.
Susan and Gary Fisher
Ellen has truly made a difference in the art and science of care for cancer survivors. Her grace, wisdom, and courage was ever-present and she will be sorely missed in the oncology community. I am personally and professionally saddened by the news of her passing.
In 1994, I was "touched" by cancer and became a cancer patient. In 2002, I was "touched" by Ellen Stovall, and was transformed into a cancer survivor. The last few days, just like many others, I have cried, sometimes with tears outside and sometimes with tears within. But I have also smiled and been very thankful. There are 14 million cancer survivors in the U.S. today and I have been blessed to have been part of a select group of them to have been inspired by Ellen, to have been able to know her well, to learn from her, get her mentoring, and to be able to call her my friend.
An essential component of every survivor's survivorship care plan should be getting to know cancer survivors like Ellen who give you hope, inspiration, and help you in your journey to make your life more meaningful. I will always miss you Ellen and I feel very blessed to have been so influenced by you. Your fight is now over, may you rest in peace. Love you, Neeraj
There really are no words - I will never forget how much you taught us all about integrity and doing what is right. You will be missed as a mentor and as a friend.
Ellen had a rare combination of passion, vision, perseverance, and personality that made her an inspiration to so many including me. She was an incredible force for good on behalf of cancer survivors.
Her legacy lives on in the hearts of those she inspired to be tireless advocates for a better future.
Ellen Stovall was as dedicated to her cause as anyone I have ever known. I had the privilege of chairing the NCCS gala for several years. Ellen's passion and commitment to survivors was a very powerful message to recruit supporters of NCCS. She will be greatly missed with a legacy for the ages.
Few people have had as significant and positive an impact on the world of those who are living with and beyond cancer. She has been the icon of inspiration to generations of patient advocates and I'm so very grateful for her leadership and vision.
Ellen has been a treasured mentor, cheerleader, and friend. I will miss our special Starbuck coffee chats and laughing over her beloved golden puppy stories, our mission mischief in carrying out our shared work of the heart, and the incredible force for change promoting quality of life priorities that she role-modeled for me and countless others. Words cannot capture how indelible her impression has been. I send my warm thoughts and sympathy to her wonderful family - the center of her world, hoping you feel comfort in time knowing how much Ellen was loved and how much and many she inspired, near and far.
I wish I had the words to capture what my heart is feeling over the loss of Ellen. I always felt a special bond with her, even though our respective organizations' missions were at opposite ends of the spectrum. She always respected everyone's ideas and opinions, whether she shared them or not, and she was indeed the ultimate collaborator. I have so many happy memories of times working together on both policy and projects - the Clinical Trials Summit, the Tour of Hope, Breakaway from Cancer. Rest in peace, dear Ellen; you are and will be forever missed. Bo Aldigé
I am so saddened to hear about this tragic loss. When my late wife Marti Stern Bernstein was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, she instinctively knew she did not want to be part of a pity party. She wanted to be with survivors and fighters who wanted to make a difference. That led her to Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan, the Greater Washington Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, the National Coalition, and our friend Ellen. Her love, support, and spirit held us both up, as it has for thousands of cancer survivors and their families. God bless you Ellen, and thank you for your friendship and the difference you were in the world.