Molli Serrano, known for her inspiring commitment to athleticism and motherhood in the face of life-threatening pancreatic cancer, has succumbed to the disease at the age of 40.
The Florida mom passed on Monday according to an obituary in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
“She was a phenomenal athlete. Her peers in the athletic community loved her and admired her for her strength and willingness to work very hard,” her husband Juan Serrano said. “She was an A-plus mom and even better than that, a first-class wife.”
Serrano’s struggle with pancreatic cancer was documented last year on Everyone Has a Story. She also appeared on TODAY last year along with her sister and a friend (video above).
She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2011 after a friend adivsed her to get an MRI to investigate stomach pains she was experiencing.
She underwent surgery, losing numerous organs. Despite this, she returned to her rigorous training routine for the Ironman competition.
Her strength and determination became an inspiration to her family and friends.
“My mother and I said it, every time we saw her, we were amazed. You would think that we would have to lift her up, and she was the one, when we were with her, she lifted us up,” said her sister Nikki Kantis.
She competed in the Ironman World Championship last November, and was considered one of the best amateur triathletes in the country.
Aside from her husband, Molli Serrano is survived by the couple’s twin 9-year-old children, Nicholas and Isabella.