The Leatrice J. Nach
Scientific Writing Program

Lea NachIn honor and in memory of our beloved friend and lay leader Lea Nach, the Board of Trustees of ICAN has established:

The Leatrice J. Nach Scientific Writing Program

This Program will blend and honor many of Lea's unique gifts and interests:

  • her insistence on meticulous writing (she was our ultimate editor and saved us from many a grammatical embarrassment!)
  • her love of scientific inquiry and the importance of pursuing the science of drug discovery
  • her love of networking (in Lea's Program, we will network with post-doctoral fellows who are gifted in scientific writing)
  • her love of teaching, as Lea's Program at ICAN will attract who are involved in or who want to enter the teaching field
  • her indomitable, indefatigable volunteer spirit.

Lea's volunteer and senior leadership positions in the metropolitan Phoenix community – including her work with ICAN – were both innumerable and legendary. She had a huge impact on every organization with which she was associated, from decades-long associations with the Jewish community and passionate involvement in the arts and children's causes. She was the living embodiment of "tikkun olam" – the imperative of repairing the world.

Lea filled so many roles at ICAN, and this is only a partial list:

  • Member, ICAN National Board of Advisors and Senior Advisor, Auxiliaries and Support Groups
  • Founding Advisory Council member and Member of the Leadership Council (1997)
  • Co-Chairman for 5 years, 2001-2005, ICAN Golf Tournaments
  • Co-Chairman for 3 years, 2001-2003, Jewels of the Sea Ball
  • Senior Office Volunteer since 1997 in charge of database review and event mailings
  • Strategic Planning Committee, Trash and Treasure Sales, ICAN, 2009
  • Editor, International Cancer Advocacy Network Cookbook, 2009

We dearly loved Lea and will miss her so very much. On behalf of ICAN's staff and all of her many close friends on our boards and councils, we send our deepest condolences to her beloved husband Ted and her sons Adam and David, her daughters-in-law Beth Jo and Deborah, and her grandchildren Benjamin, Reuben, Aaron, Rachel, and Emily.

ICAN will be bringing together tributes to – along with accolades and anecdotes about – Lea to be posted in the section of our website which will house the Leatrice J. Nach Scientific Writing Program. If you would like to submit such a tribute, please email us at Thank you.


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The Leatrice J. Nach Scientific Writing Program
is a vital part of ICAN's Cancer Patient Advocacy and Clinical Trials Advocacy Services.