In memory of Mary

We at The Baltimore Sun Media Group dedicate this Breast Cancer Awareness month issue to our former editor, Mary J. Corey, who lost her long battle with the disease in February at the age of 49. As someone who fought the disease so courageously, Mary took a special interest in this annual section, including writing an essay two years ago where she shared her oncologist's advice: "Act and live hopefully. The rest will follow."

As we produced the section this year without Mary, we missed her thoughtful input and insight into what it means to live with this disease. With this issue, we remember her terrific spirit, her gentle laugh and her unending push for quality journalism at The Sun during her 26-year career here.

Mary was the first and only woman to head The Sun's newsroom in its 176-year history. In her honor, and in recognition of her nurturing spirit, we have created the Mary J. Corey Journalism Internship to help aspiring journalists. We currently are accepting applications and the first recipient will work in our newsroom this summer.

Like so many women who have left us too soon, Mary attacked her disease on many fronts. And she held a particular interest in ensuring that The Sun's readers were informed about breast cancer, its treatments, the latest research developments and issues surrounding the disease. We hope you find this section informative and thought-provoking. That's what Mary would have wanted.

Trif Alatzas,

Senior Vice President, Executive Editor

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