Elaine M. Junca, our centre’s namesake, was a beloved colleague and friend to those she worked with at Women’s & Children’s. Like so many, she lost her battle with breast cancer on Mother’s Day 2002. She was 46 years old.
One of five children, Elaine loved to dance almost as much as she loved Pete; her dog, with whom she enjoyed walking in the park.
Diagnosed in 1993 at 37 years old, she battled bravely, undergoing chemotherapy and other treatments until she achieved remission. After five years of survivor-ship, a CAT scan showed she had a recurrence.
Her colleagues at Women’s & Children’s describe her as caring, compassionate, friendly and easy to work with. She made patients feel at ease and always went above and beyond; she never met a stranger. All these attributes earned her the coveted Frist Humanitarian award in 2000.
Elaine is greatly missed, but we at Elaine M. Junca Women’s Imaging Centre are fighting on, for her, and for the women of Acadiana.