Robb Kerr, one of the first patient advocates to be part of C3, the Colorectal Cancer Coalition, died at home in Nashville, Tennesee on September 29, 2008.
First diagnosed with advanced colorectal cancer in 2002, Robb was treated in many cancer clinical trials and became an ardent supporter of cancer research. He was a mentor to other cancer patients considering clinical trials at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville. He also spoke out for the needs of people without health insurance and for universal health care.
He said of his experience in clinical trials and their importance to research,
As a patient, I’ve seen first-hand what research can do to help present and future patients. Clinical trials aren’t for everyone, but I have no regrets about going down this road.
A memorial celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, October 4, at Arlington United Methodist Church, 1360 Murfreesboro Road, Nashville. Friends may greet the family following the service. Robb will be cremated and his ashes interred near Kerr family members in Des Moines, Iowa.
His family wrote,
We are saddened to announce that Robb died at home yesterday, September 29, surrounded by loving friends and family. During his final weeks under hospice care, he was made as comfortable and pain free as possible and he was at peace with what was happening. He was cheered by frequent visits from family and friends and regularly expressed his gratitude for the concern and prayers of so many.
Robb was featured in a early C3 Momentum newsletter — look on page 4.
In notifying us of Robb’s death, Nancy Roach, C3 Board Chair, wrote,
I just heard that Robb Kerr passed away last night at Vanderbilt. Robb was with us at C3’s launch party in 2005 … I miss his generous spirit and great sense of humor.
Remembering him, other C3 advocates said,
Robb was also one of the first advocates with C3 that I met – he worked hard, laughed a lot and made all of us feel like a team. He will be missed and remembered.
Robb was one of the first advocates I met in 2005. He was a great source of inspiration and joy to me in the few times I was with him. I remember laughing alot!
Robb’s friends at C3 will miss him. As Dusty Weaver said, “We stand on the shoulders of people like Robb.”