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Heather Warrick, longtime advocate for cancer causes, dies at 43

Posted: February 1, 2013 6:07 p.m.
Updated: February 1, 2013 6:21 p.m.

Heather Warrick, seen here in a 2006 photo from Relay for Life, died Friday at age 43 after a long battle with cancer. Photo courtesy of Diana Sevanian

Heather Warrick, who’s been called the “face of cancer survivorship” in the Santa Clarita Valley, died Friday after a nearly two-decade-long fight with metastatic breast cancer. She was 43.

Warrick was American Cancer Society Santa Clarita Unit Health Programs Manager before retiring in 2011. She was the daughter of 2009 SCV Woman of the Year Nancy Coulter,

Santa Clarita Mayor Bob Kellar said he knew from the moment he met Warrick some 20 years ago that she was someone special.

“When you look at what she went through, how she devoted her time to helping other people, I tell you this is such a tremendous loss for our community,” Kellar said.

“Heather brought a wealth of American Cancer Society services, education, and events to this valley,” said Diana Sevanian, a friend of the family. “She touched countless lives with her infectious message of hope, belief in the mindset of ‘I can’ rather than ‘I can’t,’ and a radiant smile that re-routed other people’s despair into inspiration.”

Candy Spahr, 2011 SCV Woman of the Year and longtime American Cancer Society volunteer, described Warrick as an “angel.”

“She is going to be deeply missed,” Spahr said. “I believe there are angels that come to earth and she was one of them. She lived life to the fullest and was an inspiration.”

Spahr said Warrick dined with her family on Thursday night, then “passed away in the arms of her husband, Chad.”

Warrick is survived by her husband, Chad Warrick, parents Nancy and Cam Coulter and Pat and Char Clelland, twin sister Dawn Poirier, brother Scott Clelland and numerous nieces and nephews. Services are pending.





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