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Julie and her father, Jack, at Julie's 50th birthday party,
June 2005
Party on Julie!
Julia Lynn Filanc
June 17, 1955  -- October 4, 2005
On October 4, 2005, Julia Lynn Filanc passed away from scleroderma and lung
cancer at the age of 50.  Her brother, Jim, is the team captain for the Racing For
Life Offroad Team.  Julie's wishes included that donations be made to the
Scleroderma Foundation and the Lance Armstrong Foundation.  Jim has dedicated
2006 to raising awareness for these two worthy charities in her name and
encouraging everyone to give often.  

"Our race team wants to dedicate this year to her and the thousands of other
people affected by these diseases.  So with this tour and at every race we take part
in this season we want to teach people about these diseases and raise money to
fund research and outreach programs."

My sister, Julie, was special, holding our family together for years with her quick wit,
tireless energy organizing family events, love of her nephews and nieces, and
devotion to her mother and father.

Though she had no children of her own, her adopted children were her nephews
and nieces, whom she looked after, doted on, and spoiled.
Julie lived for more than 20 years with Scleroderma, never complaining.  When
stricken with lung cancer, her immune system gave out.  Her 'never say die' attitude
and love for life are her gifts and inspiration to us all.
Julie's family
Julie's kids!