Emotional Tributes As Beloved Florida News Anchor Wendy Chioji Dies After Long Battle With Breast Cancer

October 10, 2019 16:45

Wendy Chioji has passed away at 57 following a long battle with breast cancer. She was an American journalist most popularly known for being the news anchor at WESH- Channel 2 in Orlando, Florida.

According to the Times, she joined Orlando's WESH team in the 80s and worked there for 20 years before she announced her stage II breast cancer diagnosis in 2001. She left her job afterward then moved to Utah where she explored a more active lifestyle.

Her passing

Wendy's death was announced by her brother Alan Chiogioju on Monday night via a Facebook post, WESH reported.

In the post, Alan described his sister as beautiful and strong. He revealed that Wendy lost her fight with cancer after spending the last few years living a life filled with adventures.

Alan mentioned how his sister climbed mountains, participated in triathlons, traveled the world and embraced each day joyfully. He said:

She never let her disease stop her from doing the things that she wanted to do. She is my hero, and I miss her already.

Wendy shared, via her blog in 2013, that she had been diagnosed with Stage II Thymic Carcinoma. According to the Tampa Bay Times, she climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Fuji just days after she underwent chemotherapy and radiation.

A year later, the same cancer was detected again but she didn't let it stop her. She continued to pursue adventures for as long as she could.

Tributes to a brave woman

Since the announcement of her death, Wendy's fans have been paying tributes to her via social media.

They celebrated the great life she led and expressed how terribly she will be missed.

Wendy did her best to live a full and fun life even in the face of health setbacks. She was an inspiration through her successful career and her approach to her condition.

May she rest in peace.