Wendy Chioji, a former WESH-TV news anchor, died Monday night, Oct. 7, at the age of 57 after a long battle with cancer.
Chioji’s brother, Alan Chiogioji, make the announcement of her passing via a Facebook post.
“My beautiful, strong, defiant, bad-ass sister, Wendy Chioji, lost her fight with cancer tonight,” Alan Chiogioji wrote. “From climbing mountains, to participating in triathlons, to traveling the world, she lived every day to the fullest. She never let her disease stop her from doing the things that she wanted to do. She is my hero, and I miss her already.”
Chioji from Florida announced her battle with cancer began in 2001 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2013, she was diagnosed with thymic carcinoma, a rare, aggressive cancer of the thymus gland. A year later, she announced the cancer had returned.
After that, Chioji continued to travel the world, run triathlons and volunteer at Best Friends Animal Society.
Chioji truly lived life to the fullest, sharing her motto “Livestrong.”
In her last post on Sept. 25, Chioji wrote, “I am grateful I have lived well on my borrowed time for five years this Labor Day. I am hopeful I’ll borrow five more. #defy #livefearlessly”
And that’s what she did, and that’s what her friends will always remember.