Katie Couric Remembers Her Late Husband Twenty Years After He Died Of Cancer

Date February 5, 2018

Twenty years after Katie’s husband died of colon cancer, the journalist took to social media to share a picture in remembrance of his 20th anniversary.

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Katie Couric is an American journalist and author who recently worked at Yahoo! as a Global News Anchor. Born in Virginia, on the 7th of January 1957; the 61-year-old author was married to Jay Monahan between 1989 and 1998. Together they have two children, Caroline and Elinor Monahan.

You probably know someone who has been diagnosed with cancer, if you haven't had to contend with it yourself. As many of you know, in 1998, I lost my husband, Jay, to colon cancer. Three years later, I lost my sister, Emily, to pancreatic cancer. I felt so powerless as I watched this disease take the lives of two people who meant the world to me. I wanted to help spare other families the terrible heartbreak mine had endured, and I realized that new treatments had to be developed more quickly for the patients who needed them. With guidance from the smartest scientists and the support of the entire entertainment community, nine of us started @su2c to help do that. Nine years later, our researchers, doctors, patients and donors are rewriting what is possible by collaborating on cutting-edge treatments that are literally saving lives. Swipe through for survivors who have been helped by @SU2C research: Jacob Teel, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia; Trina Taylor, Colon Cancer; David Gobin, Lung Cancer; and Karen Taphorn, Melanoma. I invite you to join our movement that is ending cancer as we know it. With 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women getting some form of cancer in their lifetimes, the need is urgent. We are all about the science. 100% of every donation received by SU2C directly funds lifesaving research. This holiday season, please click the link in the bio to donate if you can. Thank you so much for your support. To get regular updates on Stand Up To Cancer’s work, visit #StandUpToCancer #SU2C #LetsBeatCancer #FightCancer #cancersucks #cancersurvivor #cancersurvivors #MyCaregiverStory #caregiver #supportacaregiver #caregiverappreciation #Cancer #cancers

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In remembrance of Jay Monahan, the 20th anniversary.

Katie’s late husband, Jay Monahan, died on the 24th of January in1998, after battling colon cancer. In remembrance of the 20th anniversary of his death, Katie Couric shared a sweet photo of Jay with their two daughters.

Jay Monahan January 9, 1956- January 24, 1998 Twenty years ago today. We miss you.

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Katie’s work on cancer.

Katie Couric said she felt powerless when she lost her husband to colon cancer in 1998 and three years later, her sister Emily died of pancreatic cancer. As a result of these tragedies, the author has dedicated most of her time to the research and education of cancer.

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The journalist said she wanted to spare other families the pain and agony of losing loved ones to cancer, and as a result, she co-founded the organization Stand Up 2 Cancer along with eight other people.

She is also the co-founder of The National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance and the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health.

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With the support of the entire entertainment community according to Katie, doctors, as well as researchers, are collaborating on advanced treatments that are literally saving lives.

In 2015, Katie Couric told PEOPLE that she hopes Jay would think the work she’s doing is important whether it’s in colon cancer or other types of cancer.

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As Katie Couric remembers her late husband on the death of his 20th anniversary, other celebrities should follow the footsteps of Katie Couric to establish and fund foundations that will save lives and spare people the pain of losing loved ones.

We join Katie in remembering her late husband and thank her for the work she is doing with cancer research.

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