Now, only 11 months later, Anne's family and friends have come up with a way to not only honor Anne's legacy, but raise money and awareness for cancer research.
Anne's Quest Foundation, a foundation established by Anne's children, Erin, 31, of New Jersey, Kelli, 28, of Atlanta, Ga., and Tim, 24, of Albany, as well as other family members and friends, will be holding its first 5K run on Saturday, Oct. 18, beginning at Shaker High School, to Siena College (where Anne attended college, and met Roger) and ending back at Shaker High School.
"My wife was a runner, so my daughter said it'd be a nice thing to do," said Roger.
Roger said the proceeds will mostly go to the American Cancer Society, where Kelli works in Atlanta, but that the family is also looking for "something different" to spend the money on, in terms of cancer prevention.
"Colon cancer is the slowest growing cancer," said Roger. "They tell you to get a colonoscopy when you are 50. I tell my kids 35."
Roger said that if people go out and get tested earlier, cancers like Anne's have less of a chance of getting to a point that makes it more difficult to combat.
"You know, there's no reason to wait until you're 50," he said.
Roger said he would like to see some of the money go toward preventative measures like colonoscopies.
When asked what Anne would think if she could see what Roger and her family was doing with the marathon, Roger said only that if it were one of her friends or family members that this had happened to, "She would be the one organizing this, not me."
According to Puckey, "She was an angel, she really was an angel, and I really believe that she would want us to go on with trying at least to beat cancer for other people."
Roger said Anne's motto while battling cancer was "Game on." The first 275 participant' in the race, according to Roger, will receive a green T-shirt. On the front is a shamrock, with the words "Anne's Quest." On the back are two words, "Game continues."
Those who wish to participate in the race may visit www.annesquest.org for more details.