A Woman of Substance:

SWCRF Remembers Lucille Montrony

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation extends its deepest condolences to the Three Strohm Sisters Family Foundation, our dear friends and supporters, on the passing of their beloved Vice President Lucille Montrony. Lucille, younger sister of the foundation’s surviving co-founders Kathy Sarna and Jane Stanczuk, succumbed to peritoneal cancer. Her absence leaves a deep ache in the hearts of those who knew her as a loving relative and a woman who took a leading role in the war against cancer. Based in Long Island, NY, the Strohm family stands united in their mission to support research into breast cancer and pediatric cancer. They now have a new focus on peritoneal cancer, a rare cancer that develops in the peritoneum, a thin, delicate sheet that lines the inside wall of the abdomen and covers the uterus and extends over the bladder and rectum.

“The SWCRF is committed to discovering and then finding treatments to correct abnormal gene function that causes cancer,” said Samuel Waxman, M.D., founder and CEO of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation. “There is so much to be discovered on how peritoneal cancer can be so insidious and resistant to present day treatment. We are motivated by the loss of Lucille, a woman with great character and humor, to find some of the answers.”

Overcoming a challenging childhood marked by the deaths of their parents in the 1950s, the Strohm sisters found gratifying purpose in philanthropy at an early age, with Jane and Kathy raising money for the March of Dimes as little girls and Lucille and Kathy joining the Ladies Auxiliary of the Elmont fire department as young women. The sisters’ passion for public service took a personal turn in the 1990s when the three were diagnosed with breast cancer. Channeling their fight – and eventual triumph -- against cancer into a combined mission to raise funds for research, the Strohm sisters established their foundation in 1999 and have since raised more than $500,000 for cancer research, with much of the funds being donated to SWCRF.

The specter of cancer has loomed large in the lives of the Strohm family. Not only did Lucille, Jane and Kathy battle breast cancer but they also lost one brother, Edward, to lung cancer and pancreatic cancer, and another brother, Frank, survived prostate cancer. The Strohm sisters also lost four of their female cousins to different types of cancer. However, the family rose up after each bout with cancer and Lucille personified their indomitable spirit and courage. Page after page of tribute ads from local businesses and community leaders that ran in the journal for the Strohm Sisters Foundation’s recent casino night fundraiser were a testament to her impact in the lives of those around her. Just as she was a dedicated warrior in the fight against cancer, she was a protector of the young, serving for 23 years as a school crossing guard for the Nassau County police. For her service to the public and her partnership in advancing SWCRF’s collaboration for a cure, we honor and thank Lucille Montrony.

For more information about the Three Strohm Sisters Family Foundation, visit www.threestrohmsisters.org