Marjorie E. Korff Fund

Margie Korff


Margie Korff, grew up in Marblehead, Massachusetts and graduated from Boston University. When she married, she and her husband settled in Newton where she was active at her children’s school and was a dynamic member of the community.

Margie, the loving and devoted wife of Robert and mother of Amanda and Daniel, was diagnosed with non small cell adenocarcinoma in 2003 at the age of 43. The only symptom she had was a pain in her hip, and when an MRI revealed the diagnosis to be cancer, it was already Stage IV.

Margie underwent several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation treatments which were able to shrink her tumors and keep her cancer stable. Then, she took the targeted drug, Tarceva, until the pill no longer worked for her and the cancer spread. At end of her struggle, even though her body was failing her, she could have won a marathon with her spirit and soul.

Margie passed away peacefully at home in her sleep at the age of 46. She died on April 27, 2006 after a two and a half year valiant fight with this deadly disease. She was a unique, extraordinary wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend whose beauty both inside and out will never be forgotten.

Margie’s lung cancer diagnosis shocked her family and friends. She loved to exercise, ate healthy foods and did not smoke. To quote people who knew her:

"Margie was a woman with tremendous grace, strength, and courage. A warm loving soul with beautiful blue eyes and impeccable taste. A friend that will always stay close to my heart."

"As beautiful as Margie was on the outside, she was even more beautiful on the inside. To know her was a privilege."

"Margie possessed grace, dignity, beauty and trust. She was very loyal to her friends and family.”

“When you think of Margie, you see her exuberance. She protected everyone she loved. Her family was the most important thing in her life."

To honor Margie's life and her fight against lung cancer, the Korff family, her parents Ruth and Edward Steinberg, her sister Sondra Levenson and her brother and sister-in-law Marc and Stephanie Steinberg have joined forces with Uniting Against Lung Cancer and other local advocates. To encourage increased awareness of the disease Margie's family and Uniting Against Lung Cancer presented the first Marjorie E. Korff Speak Out Award at a luncheon in May 2010 at Pine Brook Country Club in Weston, Massachusetts.

View research grants sponsored by The Marjorie E. Korff Fund here.