It is with profound sadness that WBNS-10TV announces the loss of our friend and co-worker, Heather Pick.
Heather died after a brave and public battle with breast cancer. Heather left us in her home surrounded by her family on Nov. 7.
Heather learned in 2004 that the disease she had beaten once in 1999 had returned. Through The James Cancer Hospital at The Ohio State University Medical Center, Heather participated in many breakthrough new treatments.
Throughout her fight, in the name of awareness and education, Heather was open and honest with central Ohio viewers. In a 2004 article in The Columbus Dispatch, Heather said, "I don't want people looking at me with puppy dog eyes. People have explained to us it could be a chronic condition. I don't want to make this a 'Woe is me' thing."
Heather was an unwavering champion for breast cancer awareness and education. In her last public appearance, Heather hosted the "Spirit Celebration with Heather Pick," raising almost $500,000 for the Columbus Cancer Clinic. To the end, Heather worked to fight the disease so others wouldn't have to endure what she went through. Her last appearance on 10TV News HD was to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Heather is survived by her husband, Joe Cygan, and their children, Julia and Jack.
Anyone who would like to make a donation in Heather's memory is being asked by the family to consider The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Nationwide Children's Hospital or the Stefanie Spielman Fund.
"The sadness and loss we feel for Joe, Julia, Jack and all of Heather's family and friends is immeasurable," said WBNS-10TV president and general manager, Tom Griesdorn. "But for Heather, we feel nothing but pride in how bravely she fought this fight and the never-ending dedication to battling this disease for herself and for others. The world has truly lost a very special woman."
For those who knew and loved Heather, a 2004 quote she gave to The Dispatch is truly indicative of what a very special woman she was.
"In some ways I feel very lucky," Pick said. "So many people live day-to-day without realizing all they have, the blessings they have. You live life so much more to the fullest now. So many people take life for granted."
Heather Pick was 38 years old.