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Survivor Stories / Tributes

Marion Vance Shannon Burch

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In honor of Marion Vance Shannon Burch, beloved sister, wife, step mother “momma” and friend.

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Diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer 5 years ago Marion fought this ugly disease with bravery and courage like no other. She made it her personal mission to raise awareness and funds for Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. She coordinated events such as “Paint the Town Teal” at Memorial City Mall. Marion made an appearance on Great Day Houston along side her physician to talk about ovarian cancer in depth. She participated in in several “Spirt for Life” run/walks, and was a top 10 fundraiser for “Oparh’s Live Your Best Life” walk/run raising $7,711 for Ovarian Cancer Research. Marion’s message when she was diagnosed – “Listen to your body”

Last updated on: 07/08/2012


You were the strongest bravest person I have ever met. You fought so hard and for so long. I will miss you more than you will ever know but mostly I will miss your smile. I love you!!!

Shannon Cope – 07/08/2012

You may have lost the fight with this ugly disease, but those of us who love you will continue to fight this in honor of you.
You were a dear dear friend for many years. You fought hard and with such optimism you gave others hope who also are fighting this disease.
Marion’s wish is to make “Teal the new Pink” to bring ovarian cancer awareness as common as breast cancer. Lets fight to find a cure or even a test for early diagnosis.

Kelly Tice – 07/08/2012


My HERO & My Friend was CATALYST – A EXTRORDINARY PERSON who’s life was shortened and taken by such an awful disease. She’s incredible missed by all and she will always be remebered as the most amazing WIFW, MOTHER & FRIEND. Marion figured out the key to living and to be free and fearless, which many of us have yet to solve. We cannot question God’s plan for our lives…I have lost the dearest neighbor, but the heaven have gained a special angel…I love you Marion!!!

Sheila Thompson – 07/08/2012


Sheila Thompson – 07/08/2012


sheila thompson – 07/08/2012

I had the pleasure of being Marion’s chemo nurse for almost three years. She was one of the funniest person I knew. I am glad I knew her, but more glad that she is no longer suffering. Rest in peace Marion. We will miss you!

Billie Hobbs – 07/08/2012

My friend Marion I will never forget you and your great love for life.I to will do my part and more to bring awareness to this awful thing called cancer. I Will always hold a special place in my heart for you .Love ya Kenny

kenny hamilton – 07/08/2012

Rest In Peace my friend..It was such a Blessing to have you in my life for the past 10 years. I learned so much from you. You are an inspiration and my Hero! You will forever be in my heart. I Love You!

Doris Aviles – 07/09/2012

Marion was the most amazing woman I have ever met! Up to her last day she showed courage like I have never seen before and remained so strong in the face of adversity. Her mall friends loved and respected her so very much. She truly wanted each one of them to succeed and protected their interests so they could. She is a true example of how we all should live. Let’s all remember her by working to find a cure for this terrible disease. RIP.

Elizabeth Ricarte – 07/09/2012

Rest in Peace. We met a long time ago, and even though we didn’t call each other everyday, you were always there when I needed you. Love you.

Lizbeth Marks – 07/09/2012

I love you and will always carry you in my heart. RIP

Kurt Tyler – 07/09/2012

Our friendship was new but it did not take long for me to recognize you were special. God Bless You.

Danna Diamond – 07/10/2012

Being a cancer survivor, this brings tears to my heart, but I know you are in his care now. Rest in Peace and God Bless!

Gwen Berry – 07/10/2012

Rest in peace Marion. We will miss you!

Moshe Zanzuri – 07/10/2012

Marion always said she was “taking the scenic route” through life. As crazy as life could be, she made the most of it and still expressed concern and compassion for others around her. I’ll miss our talks, and I won’t forget you.

Sherry Burton – 07/11/2012

I was Marion’s roommate/best friend, 16 years ago. We lost touch for whatever reason before she was diagnosed. I had no idea that she was fighting such a difficult battle but the Marion I knew…fought with dignity, pride and courage. I have no doubt that she affected so many lives and will continue to do thanks to the awareness of this terrible killer.

Deeya Tobeck – 07/11/2012

Thanks for the comments on my TAB story, ooh am glinwog with pride here!Kath – TAB don’t seem to edit stories much – the only thing they’ve ever done to one of mine (that I’ve spotted) is to change it from present to past tense (have since learnt not to send them present tense). Oh and they cut the word ‘Ugg’ from in front of the word ‘boots’ right at the end of the current story. Read into that what you will!I guess when I’m writing I’d naturally have my characters call each other ‘love’ unless I wanted one to sound posh, in which case I’d think Ab Fab and go for dahling!As for style, well I just write in my own style, and hope for the best. I usually know if the plot is going to be a TAB-type plot, or a My Weekly or The Weekly News plot (those being the three I’ve had most success with). If rejected at one mag I will rewrite with another mag in mind, and might alter the style slightly- though not sure how consciously I do this, yet. I think that’s something which must come with experience, and I’m not quite there yet.Interesting. Might have to write a post on poshness of mag style…Geri – I wonder if Yours pay less for stories in the annuals than for those they print in the fortnightly mag?Yes, My Weekly pay a sliding scale, starting around 75. I had 80 for my last sale to them, which was my 6th, so either I’ve moved up a slot or they’ve increased their starting payrate.I can see your point about not wanting to give your work away, as it is your livelihood. When I began writing I’d be delighted with acceptances at non-paying ezines. That novelty soon wore off.Writers are low-paid, it’s true. You have to do it because you love it, not because you want to make a fortune.

Fabiana Fabiana – 07/28/2012

A true angel who was called home. Rest in peace. Miss you…

Dominique Denton – 07/30/2012

My friend just died of caecnr she was 6 years old and another one of my friends had to get her heart replaced 2 times she was 5 years old and now she id dead. Both of them still did gymnastics even though they were very sick

Fingki Fingki – 09/03/2012