To the family of Nancy Raasch,
We very much enjoyed seeing Nancy at CDC AND wearing her lovely paper jewelry. What a gemstone of a person! She sometimes called me her best customer. Just last night I was thinking of her as I cleaned the silver in one of her necklaces.
We early discovered that we had the same oncologist. Peace be with you, Nancy.
Ralph and Holly,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Nancy will be missed. Her courage and perseverance are an inspiration for many.
Our lasting memories of Nancy are comforting and make us smile.
Please take care.
Dennis, Shelly, Sam and Alex
Dearest Rock, Holly and Family:
Nancy was a wife, mother, Nana, sister, friend, talented artist, a warrior and my hero. What a blessing she was to so many people. I knew and loved her for almost forty years, and the last twenty years we became bookends, so much alike and so much like sisters. I use to sit with her for hours in the infusion room and when it suddenly became my turn to deal with cancer, she was the first one there in the infusion room holding a gift of a coffee mug that I still use for tea. She was always kind and generous and never missed a “teaching” moment. She taught me how to push forward regardless of surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation, etc. As the years rolled by we would end up at events wearing the same clothing, enjoying the same restaurants together, and finding humorous moments, even when things didn’t look too humours to outsiders. She was strong and positive and despite her lengthy illness never gave in to it. She taught us all how to deal with life’s difficult moments, by example. Although her light has been extinguished, the memories of her will continue to brighten my life forever. I will always love you Nance, my friend, my bookend, my hero.
Dear Mr. Raasch/Ralph, Holly and family,
What sadness and heartbreak for everyone who knew Nancy. And yet she has always been an inspiration to many. I met Nancy when first diagnosed on the second floor of the Gravely Bldg at UNC Cancer Center. She went through her treatments with such a positive attitude. Courageous beyond words with a joyful spirit would comment that this was just another bump in the road of life. But would always say repetitively " the only time I have cancer is when I am here in the infusion room". For 19+ years I looked forward to seeing her on her treatment days. I taught the chemotherapy classes for years and would use her (never her name) as the example for nurses to give positive reinforcement to others experiencing the same battle. She laughed at herself when she lost words only to find them again. I will carry her memory and inspiration with me and know that she had a HUGE impact on those she touched. She will be missed as I know you are agreeing. Continued thoughts, prayers and blessings to all of you. Pat