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Linda Scime, whose dedication to helping Roswell Park Cancer Institute began long before she was diagnosed with the disease, lost her battle with brain cancer Wednesday (Jan. 26, 2000). The Snyder resident was 46.

The former Linda Pinto was a longtime member of the Roswell Park Alliance Community Fund-Raising Board and continued her work even after being diagnosed with a brain tumor in October 1998. In August, she played host to a reception to focus attention on and raise money for brain cancer research at Roswell Park.

Her sense of humor, leadership and commitment to helping others will be missed by her friends and fellow volunteers.

"She was just the greatest . . . a real profile in courage," said a friend, Anne Gioia, co-founder of the alliance. "She never complained about her pain or about not being able to resume her life's work. She found good in everyone and everything and always put other people before herself."

Saturday, Mrs. Scime was honored with the Katherine Anne Gioia Inspiration Award (named in honor of Anne Gioia's late daughter) at the Roswell Park Alliance Community Fund-Raising Board's All-Star Night gala. The award pays tribute to a volunteer whose dedication has inspired others to work in the battle against cancer.

Because she was too ill to attend, her teen-age daughters accepted the award on her behalf.

Mrs. Scime, a certified registered nurse-anesthetist at Sisters Hospital, was active in a number of other civic and professional organizations, including the New York State Nurses Association, the State Association of Nurse Anesthetists, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and did volunteer work at Nardin Academy.

Survivors include her husband, James T.; two daughters, Lauren and Anna; a son, Daniel; and her mother, Mary Pinto of Williamsville.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Joseph's University Catholic Church, 3275 Main St. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.


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