Cancer claims radio host

A well-known Maple Ridge voice on NEWS 1130 has fallen silent after losing a battle to cancer.

Tammy Moyer leaves behind son Emelyan.

Tammy Moyer leaves behind son Emelyan.

A well-known Maple Ridge voice on NEWS 1130 has fallen silent after losing a battle to cancer. Tammy Moyer, 46, grew up in Maple Ridge and graduated from Maple Ridge secondary. Her radio career took her beyond the city but she returned in 2002.

Brother Jake Moyer, also from Maple Ridge,  said his sister started feeling ill in September and October and cancelled a family trip to California. From October to February, she was in and out of hospital. “They couldn’t figure out what it was,” said Jake.

In February, she began to have shooting pains. Finally, she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, but by then it had spread. She died weeks afterwards, on March 18.

“She was always up to helping where ever she could,” said Jake.

“She was an amazing woman who cared for her commmunity. It’s a real loss.”

According to her colleagues at NEWS 1130, “Tammy was a leader and a mentor, championing human-interest stories that impacted the heart, and working with younger journalists who wanted to emulate her style.

“In the community, she was a tireless supporter of charitable endeavours and women’s issues, and rarely said “no” to anything, even if it meant heading out after waking up at 2:30 a.m., working the morning shift at the station, then hosting an event well into the evening.”

A GoFund me page has been set up to help her family provide for her seven-year-old son Emelyan.