In Loving Memory of Joan Barra


November 5, 2011 was a sad day for The CVBCA, as well as for many others in the Chambersburg area. We learned of the death of Joan Barra, a courageous Pink Warrior and valuable member of our Board of Directors for over 4 years. Here is her survivor story:


Joan and her husband Tom had been behind the scenes supporters of the CVBCA for many years, so after her initial diagnosis of breast cancer, one of her first calls was to Sharon Brosious, the Executive Director of the CVBCA and a dear friend of Joan’s.

Joan’s journey through her fight against this disease was long and arduous, but you would never know that when talking to or working beside her. She was diagnosed with a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer, but lived each day from the day of her diagnosis to the day of her last breath with an energy, determination and spirit that many of us can’t achieve on our best day. Never allowing the disease to take over her life, she was adamant in keeping the disease separate from who she was and what she did.

And who she was can first and foremost be described as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. As her obituary reads, “her constant focus was loving and caring for her family”. When referring to her disease, you would often hear her say, “it is what it is” and then she would blithely move on to the task at hand, whether it be taking her daughter to school every morning during all of her treatments, working on a CVBCA event, or babysitting for her dear grandson. Joan new the meaning of living each moment for the gift that it is!

Joan Barra’s life was a Survivor’s Story. She truly demonstrated to all who knew her that “Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the number of moments that make you breathless”.
God Bless you, Joan Barra, for teaching us how to live!

© 2013 Cumberland Valley Breast  Care Alliance, Chambersburg, PA 17201