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Remembering Loren Nancarrow

Loren Nancarrow in Studio Discussing His Recovery

  • FOX 5 News anchor Loren Nancarrow was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in early 2012.
  • Loren blogged about life with cancer with help from his daughter, Hannah.
  • Loren passed away on December 28, 2013 and is survived by his beautiful wife, Susie, and three adult children.
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OCEANSIDE, Calif. – It’s been nearly 4 months since Fox 5′s Loren Nancarrow passed away, but his words are living on in a unique way Friday.

The “For The Sender” concert will showcase a collection of songs based on personal letters, including one written by Loren to his son Graham.

The concert kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Star Theatre in Oceanside and benefits Eco-Life Foundation.

For The Sender” is part of a project Loren wanted to write a story about, but he ran out of time.
Loren’s son Graham wrote a song based on the letter and was able to record it with Loren by his side.  Watch it here:

SAN DIEGO – The City of San Diego will officially proclaim Tuesday, January 28, 2014 as “Loren Nancarrow Day” in honor of the late Fox 5 anchor.

Nancarrow, 60, died on December 28 surrounded by his family, following his battle with brain cancer.

Loren NancarrowHe will be honored with a proclamation at 2 p.m. Tuesday at San Diego City Hall.

Councilwoman Marti Emerald – who worked alongside Nancarrow as a journalist at one time – is proclaiming the day to pay tribute to his 30 years on San Diego’s airwaves and his countless contributions to the community.

“He advocated for the environment long before it was fashionable and taught a generation of television viewers and readers to be good stewards of our land, sea, and air,” said Emerald.

Nancarrow was diagnosed with stage III terminal brain cancer last January, and later retired from his anchor position at Fox 5. He called himself a “Brain Cancer Warrior” and authored a blog about his cancer journey.

He is survived by his wife, Susie, and children, Graham, 25, Hannah, 24, and Britta, 20. On his blog, Hannah described her father as a human Pinterest board, with expertise in “citrus trees and roses and tomatoes, raising chickens and earthworms and monarch butterflies.”

Nancarrow received cancer treatment at Scripps Radiation Therapy Center off Torrey Pines Road.  His family set up a donation fund in his honor to help raise funds for a new rooftop healing garden.

Fox 5 could not be prouder of our friend and colleague for this wonderful honor.

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego County Board of Supervisors closed Wednesday’s meeting in memory of longtime San Diego television journalist Loren Nancarrow, who died Dec. 28 at age 60 following an 11-month battle with brain cancer.

Loren NancarrowThe Solana Beach resident’s career spanned more than 30 years and included stints as a weatherman, anchor and a reporter on KGTV 10News, KFMB CBS8 and, most recently, KSWB Fox 5.

“All of us had in some way, shape or form known Loren Nancarrow because he was a fixture on our local television news,” Supervisor Ron Roberts said.

The five-time Emmy winner was also known as a conservationist and co- authored four organic gardening books.

Supervisor Dave Roberts, a former Solana Beach councilman and deputy mayor, said he first came in contact with Nancarrow through his passion for organic gardening.

“Mr. Nancarrow left an impression on everyone who crossed his path,” he said.

Nancarrow was diagnosed with brain cancer last February, and later retired from his anchor position at Fox 5. He called himself a “Brain Cancer Warrior,” and authored a blog about his cancer journey.

He is survived by his wife, Susie, and children, Graham, Hannah, and Britta.

“San Diego County and his family and friends are going to miss this great hero,” Supervisor Dave Roberts said.

Several hundred people took part in a Dec. 30 memorial paddle-out and beach gathering at South Cardiff State Beach to celebrate Nancarrow’s life.

Supervisor Dave Roberts said the family was working to complete “The Nancarrow Project,” a healing garden planned for Scripps Cancer Center in La Jolla. A fundraiser for the effort is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 9, at the Belly Up Tavern at 143 S. Cedros Ave. in Solana Beach.

SAN DIEGO –  Hundreds of friends and admirers of San Diego television journalist Loren Nancarrow gathered at  South Cardiff State Beach Monday afternoon for a memorial to celebrate his life.

Susie

Nancarrow, 60, died early Saturday evening, surrounded by his family, following an 11-month battle with brain cancer.

Nancarrow’s television career spanned more than 30 years and included stints as a weatherman, anchor and a reporter on KGTV 10News, KFMB CBS8 and, most recently, KSWB Fox 5.

The five-time Emmy winner was also known as a passionate conservationist, co-authoring four organic gardening books.

Nancarrow was diagnosed with stage three terminal brain cancer in February, and later retired from his anchor position at Fox 5. He called himself a “Brain Cancer Warrior” and authored a blog about his cancer journey.

He is survived by his wife, Susie, and children, Graham, 25, Hannah, 24, and Britta, 20. On her father’s blog Sunday, Hannah said her father was a human Pinterest board, with expertise in “citrus trees and roses and tomatoes, raising chickens and earthworms and monarch butterflies.”

Loren's Candlelight Vigil

“He was proud to be San Diego’s organic son,” she wrote.

Monday’s memorial paddle out and beach gathering began at 4 p.m. at Seaside Reef. Attendees brought kayaks, surfboards, towels and beach chairs and a candle to light for Loren.

SAN DIEGO – We are deeply saddened to report that Loren Nancarrow has died at the age of 60.

He passed away shortly after 6:30 p.m. Saturday evening surrounded by his family.

Loren NancarrowLoren was diagnosed with stage III terminal brain cancer in early February 2013.

For more than 30 years, Loren Nancarrow educated and enlightened San Diego T.V. viewers with his vast knowledge of Earth and its climate on ABC 10 News, CBS 8 News, and more recently Fox 5 News.

Loren left an impression on everyone who crossed his path.

His blog, “The Nancarrow Project” was a way of sharing his journey with thousands of friends and supporters and despite going through intensive chemotherapy; he always kept the same personality that viewers fell in love with.

The Nancarrow family has been working with Scripps Health to establish a healing garden in Loren’s name to bring comfort to other cancer patients.

If you wish to donate towards “The Loren Nancarrow Healing Garden” please click here.

Loren is survived by wife Susie and his three children.

“As for the question of what’s on the other side – truth is, I don’t know. But I believe that life is energy and energy can neither be created nor destroyed, it can only change forms. And whatever form I take on next, I just hope my connection to those I love will remain.”- Loren

If you would have asked me a year ago what the “Loren Nancarrow Healing Garden” was, I would have probably said wherever he last planted something.  The man was always elbow deep into worms, compost, seedlings and anything else nature churned up from the earth.  So the idea, that in the midst of his own strenuous battle with brain cancer,  he would roll up his sleeves again and dig in to help others in the same boat – is about as surprising as Loren voting democratic.

As his son Graham says in this touching video by Scripps Health (to promote the garden they hope to name in his honor):  “He’s always been one to start some kind of cause.”  This time, it’s to give back and pay it forward.  Loren and his family want to give back to all the Scripps doctors, nurses and support staff who have helped them through this journey and pay it forward in the name of all the future cancer patients who will follow.  Through his battle, repeatedly Loren has said he can’t believe how hard some people have it.  “They don’t even have rides to treatments.”  Comparing his “good fortune” to others struggling financially on top of everything else.  That’s  just one of the reasons he started “The Nancarrow Project” to raise money for those simplest, yet most crucial of needs.

So here he is in the fight of his life, now asking again for you to help his fellow cancer warriors by donating to the “Loren Nancarrow Healing Garden“.  A rooftop escape  perched atop the new Scripps Radiation Therapy Center off Torrey Pines Road, so people spending hours a day there in treatments can go outside, take in the view, feel the grass, listen to the bubbling fountains and watch the birds.  In essence, so they can be normal for a moment and have their own little calm, in the middle of their cancer storm.  A place where their families can breathe alongside them and maybe even remember what they’re fighting for.

If you would like to help please go to www.Scripps.Org/Loren to make a donation.  If just 20,000 San Diegans gave 25 dollars each they’ll reach their goal of  $500,000.  Money that will be used to battle cancer and provide cutting edge treatments throughout the Scripps Healthcare System in San Diego…the garden being the cherry on top.

On a personal note, it would also be a fitting tribute to a man who’s spent a lifetime loving the land, nurturing nature and inhaling all it has to offer.  Loren is an avid environmentalist, organic farmer and animal lover.  All this will be circulating throughout this garden for years to come with his spirit and presence all around.  A living tribute to my friend… who always lived to the fullest.

I think Elton John said it best about John Lennon…

“He must have been a gardener that cared a lot. Who weeded out the tears and grew a good crop.  And we are so amazed…we’re crippled and we’re dazed.  A gardener like that one no one can replace.”

No one indeed.

With Love, Your “KB”.

For more than 30 years, San Diegans have been welcoming news anchor Loren Nancarrow into their homes. When Loren was diagnosed with stage three brain cancer in February, he vowed to help raise awareness and funds to help other cancer patients. Susan Taylor with Scripps Health and Loren’s wife Susie talk about the new healing garden for cancer patients which was inspired by Loren.

Loren Nancarrow

Loren Nancarrow and his wife, Susie, talk about how life has changed for them after his brain tumor was discovered in December.

FOX 5 news anchor Loren Nancarrow talks with Kathleen Bade about his health and new outlook on life.

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