A Lasting Legacy

By Nancy Labinger

Diane posing for the camera.

Diane posing for the camera.

When I ran into Diane a few years ago, we talked about the old days, everything from friends to fashion to politics. Our sidewalk rendezvous became dinner.

Once we started talking we never stopped.

We became the best of friends.  I learned that although for Diane the fact that she never married or had children was a disappointment, her life was very full of friends.  Loads and loads of dedicated, loving dear friends.  Wherever she went there were strong connections. The saying “friends are the family we create for ourselves” says it all.   Friends became her family.

She adored Roxie her Yorkie, all things fashion, movies, pilates, art and travel. She loved historical fiction and was particularly interested in the Holocaust. She was a devout Rolling Stones fan and never missed a concert in town.  She had a smile that lit up the room. With her twinkling brown eyes, she was undeniably beautiful.   She was forever posing for the camera, for the glam shots.  And as you can see, the camera loved her.

In the last couple of years, I accompanied Diane to her doctors’ appointments.  She was for the most part, upbeat and optimistic.   She talked often about silver linings. Silver linings and cancer.  Imagine that.  Her silver lining was that there was a targeted chemotherapy for her specific type of cancer.

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Diane next to her survivor banner at an awareness event.

She had a joie de vie and was full of life. In the ten years since her diagnosis, there were a lot of ups and downs. But this new drug gave her a quality of life that allowed her in her last 14 months to travel twice to Europe and to Palm Beach.

Throughout her time as a lung cancer survivor, Diane felt lucky. She wanted to help others diagnosed and give back. Turn her incredible luck and love of life into something positive.

She decided to leave her legacy in many ways, one of which was an estate gift to Lung Cancer Alliance. She believed in their mission and connected with the staff, meeting with the President in her beloved Chanel boutique on Michigan Avenue one May day.

Diane lost her battle with lung cancer a few years ago. I am not only incredibly lucky to have known her, but honored to call her my friend; to be considered a part of her family. Diane’s optimism, positivity and beauty will live on through stories, laughs and memories.

We are grateful to Diane for including Lung Cancer Alliance in her estate. Through her legacy, we can continue to help those living with and at risk for lung cancer. Learn more about how you can include Lung Cancer Alliance in your estate planning.