Nancy’s Story

Nancy  Yeary was diagnosed with invasive ovarian cancer in 2005 and lost her hard fought battle against the disease in 2010 at the age of 54.


Nancy was the kind of woman who touched hundreds of lives. She never considered her condition to be a battle or struggle, yet she was a courageous warrior against the devastating disease. She maintained a positive attitude; she always lit up a room and brought joy to all of the people she touched. Always with a smile, and never with a harsh word, she was a true giver in all respects. People who knew her said, “To know her is to love her, and to know her laugh is to know a laugh like no other.”


Nancy loved to fish in the High Sierras in California, and she was a passionate hockey fan. Her husband often commented “a beautiful woman, loves to fish, loves hockey: I’m the luckiest man in the world.” She also had a passion for gardening.Nancy wanted all of the medical professionals who took the journey with her to know how much she appreciated all that they did for her. Nancy’s doctors always referred to her as the toughest woman they know.Nancy believed strongly in a day where ovarian cancer would be a disease of the past. She would be both encouraged and pleased that patients and survivors are now able to get involved in a Patient-Centric Registry.


The Ovarian Cancer Registry received initially funding and support from Inova Research Foundation through a gift from Mr. Robert (Bob) Yeary in memory of his wife Nancy, who died of ovarian cancer.