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Head of NJ cancer society killed by falling tree

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COLTS NECK TOWNSHIP, NJ – Co-workers and loved ones are reeling after the head of the New Jersey chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society died beneath a falling tree over the weekend.

Stacey Weathers, the executive director of the New Jersey chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, died after a falling tree landed on her convertible. (Handout)

Stacey Weathers, the executive director of the New Jersey chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, died after a falling tree landed on her convertible. (Handout)

As a powerful storm lashed the state Saturday, Stacey Weathers, 46, was driving alone in her convertible on southbound Route 34 when the tree came down around 4:25 p.m., according to Colts Neck Township police.

Those who knew her described Weathers as someone who devoted her life to helping other people.  She worked as the executive director of the chapter, and played a key role in raising $7 million to support patients and research efforts.

Outside of her work battling cancer, she was supremely generous, those who knew her told NJ.com.

Every year at Christmas time she would hand out $100 tips to workers at the Dunkin Donuts she regularly went to.  This December she was hoping to give $1,000 in total.

“She loves seeing other people happy,” Emilie Boman told the site.

President and CEO Louis J. DeGennaro said in a statement:

Stacey has been part of the LLS family since 2004, and made enormous contributions to our mission.  Stacey exemplified LLS.  She was tenacious, hard-working, dedicated and delightful to be around. And most of all, Stacey was dedicated to our mission.

While Stacey was by any standards successful in her role as an Executive Director, it was the personal touches and moments of generosity that defined her as a non-profit professional and as a person. Stacey took enormous pride in her staff and the New Jersey Board of Trustees, and they took inspiration from her to try harder, reach farther and do more – all for the patients who need LLS.  Stacey was the consummate connector, bringing together everyone in her orbit and making everyone feel that they were valued and critical to the success of her chapter and LLS.  And, perhaps most important, Stacey took time to laugh, knowing the healing power of humor.  She understood the difficulties of working in the challenging world of cancer, and the importance of creating balance.