She also said numerous events are planned for the future to continue in that mission, including an educational booth at the New York State Fair, an awareness walk at the Inner Harbor in September and a "girl's day out" of shopping and pampering at Tawn Marie's Dance Center in Liverpool.
All events are hosted by the Hope for Heather Foundation, which her family and friends started in May 2009.
"Hope for Heather was started because we knew that Heather would want us to continue her work, and it gave us a way to channel our grief by hoping to make a difference in someone's life that was devastated by cancer," Frieda Weeks said. "My husband, Gary Weeks; Heather's fianc (c), Jesse Irwin; her dance teacher, Tawn Campoleiti and myself decided we needed to make this happen."
It seemed a fitting way to honor Heather, who grew up dancing at Tawn Marie's in Liverpool, acting for Salt City Center for Performing Arts, The Talent Company, and for some productions with Todd Ellis' theater company. She graduated summa cum laude from the Honors Scholar Program at University at Buffalo with a degree in dance and traveled Latin America with "Sesame Street Live." After graduation, Heather moved to New York City, where she met Irwin, whom Frieda Weeks describes as "the love of her life."
It was there that Heather took a job working for the CEO of Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.
"She was very passionate about the cause," Frieda Weeks said.
In fact, she was so dedicated to it that she didn't let her own cancer diagnosis in June 2008 stop her from advocating for it.
"She continued working part time through her treatment, working to bring awareness to everyone she met," Frieda Weeks said. "We are hoping to make
Heather's wish come true - that when someone sees the color teal, they will think of ovarian cancer, and take a stand to help in some way."