Nancy Jopes’s Story

nancyjopesIn May 2002, when Nancy Jopes was 54 years old, she successfully completed the AVON 3-day walk for Breast Cancer. One month later, she went to see her doctor with symptoms of bloating and generally not feeling right. She was diagnosed with stage III-C ovarian cancer. She underwent one surgery and multiple rounds of chemotherapy, but never lost hope. She fought courageously to beat this horrible disease. Nancy passed away after a one-year battle, in June 2003.

She was a pediatric oncology nurse and spent her professional life caring for ill children and their families. She lived her life to the fullest and had a wonderful way of letting everyone in her life know how important they were to her.

Nancy was loved and cared for by her dedicated husband of 35 years, Dan; her two children, Jessica and Jeff; her son in law, Vince; daughter in law, Shauna; countless family members and close friends; and her most precious loves, her grandchildren, Mackenzie and Jordan. 


The Jopes family lost another family member to ovarian cancer in 1980. Jackie Jopes, Dan’s mother, passed away just a few months after experiencing the same symptoms that Nancy did. For this reason, the family has decided to donate all gifts to The Lynne Cohen Preventive Care Clinic for Women’s Cancers at USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center in Los Angeles.

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