Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik released the below statement following the news of St. Lawrence County Clerk Mary Lou Rupp’s passing, who died today after a long fight with breast cancer.

“I am deeply saddened to hear of my friend and St. Lawrence County Clerk Mary Lou Rupp’s passing,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “Mary Lou was a committed and tireless advocate for our veterans and for the importance of life-saving organ donations. When she was first diagnosed with cancer, Mary Lou chose to share her personal health story with the public in an effort to raise awareness and encourage people to pursue cancer screenings and medical testing. I extend my most sincere condolences to her family and friends. Mary Lou Rupp truly lived a life to be proud of – and she will be remembered as a selfless leader and servant to others.”

To read a profile of Mary Lou Rupp and her fight against terminal breast cancer from the Watertown Daily Times, click here.