Irvine resident and Susan G. Komen advocate Kathy Voorhis has died, but her friends vow to keep fighting for "a world without cancer."
Voorhis was surrounded by family at home when she succumbed to breast cancer March 13. She was 61.
It was her second bout with the disease since being diagnosed in 1999.
"Breast cancer took her away from us," said Jane Hill, Voorhis' friend and a fellow Komen advocate. "That means that we won't get to see her and it's been very difficult, but what we still have is that it didn't take away that heart, that vision, she shared with us."
Voorhis joined the Orange County chapter of Susan B. Komen in 2006. She was recognized as the chapter's Most Inspirational Breast Cancer Survivor in 2010. She was also a Race Survivor Tributes co-chairwoman.
"Kathy was amazing," said Hill, who also served as co-chairwoman with Voorhis. "When you saw what Kathy was going through, in pain and still wanting to keep working toward this cause — she inspired so many people."