Nicole Meloche Memorial Breast Cancer Fund
Metastatic breast cancer claims over 40,000 lives every year. Magee-Womens, in partnership with the Pittsburgh Penguin Alumni Association want to change that.
The Pittsburgh Penguin Alumni have created the Nicole Meloche Memorial Breast Cancer Fund in memory of one of their own, Nicole Meloche. She holds a special place in the hearts of the alumni and through their efforts they are funding a research project that will better understand the why and how of metastatic breast cancer.
Nicole Meloche was just 39 years old when she was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer in 1990. At the time, she and her husband, Gilles Meloche, former Pittsburgh Penguin, and coach and then amateur scout for the Pens, lived in Montreal with their two young children, Eric and Annie. Nicole bravely fought her breast cancer and amazed her doctors when she went into remission. She was a champion.
To those around her, she was the model of courage, perseverance and determination. Unfortunately, the cancer metastasized and on November 18, 1993, Nicole lost her gallant fight.
She didn’t get to see her son grow up and play for the Pittsburgh Penguins, just like his father. She didn’t get to see her daughter mature into a beautiful woman, wife and mother. Nicole didn’t get to see her four grandchildren and see Gilles celebrate 30 years with the Pittsburgh Penguins as a player, coach and scout.
The Nicole Meloche Memorial Breast Cancer Fund will support metastatic breast cancer research at Magee-Womens Research Institute.