The former 'GMA3' host received her own breast cancer diagnosis in October 2013
Amy Robach is remembering the life of her late friend Olivia Summer Hutcherson.
On Wednesday, the journalist, 50, shared that Hutcherson, whom she had met after receiving her own cancer diagnosis, had died from the disease.
“I first met sweet @oliviadance1 one year after my own cancer diagnosis. We were both in remission and feeling hopeful and positive after our Stage 2 diagnoses,” Robach shared in a heartfelt social media post.
“A few years later, Olivia was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. She took that news and fought.”
The television personality then described some of Hutcherson’s most admirable traits: “She danced. She inspired. She believed. She loved. She LIVED," Robach wrote.
Robach continued, “Your last words to me, were of encouragement, love, acceptance and faith. I will continue your mission of love.” Her Instagram caption was accompanied by a carousel of images, starting with a flier announcing Hutcherson’s passing.
“In loving memory of Olivia Summer Hutcherson, 1989 - 2023,” the first slide read, along with a photo of the three-time survivor sitting and smiling.
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Other images shared by Robach included the two posing for a selfie during a night out and Hutcherson visiting the reporter on the set of GMA3.
Robach has been open about her cancer journey. On Oct. 30, she shared a celebratory social media update regarding her health.
“10 years ago today I became a survivor.... to everyone out there fighting the fight, I salute you #breastcancerawareness.”
In the Instagram post, Robach was seated in a chair at a medical facility, hooked to an IV machine. With her free arm, she made a muscle with her fist held high and smiled. The post was shared on the final day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Robach was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 when she was a correspondent for Good Morning America and got an on-air mammogram.
It was her first-ever mammogram, and she did not have a family history of the disease.
During an August 2016 interview with Good Housekeeping, she revealed that her results came as a shock.
"I started dry heaving," she said. "I had no idea how I was going to tell my daughters."
Robach had a double mastectomy and endured eight rounds of chemo, but used her platform to speak to others about their health, often participating at cancer conferences throughout the U.S.
"I'm a living, breathing reminder that it can happen to you and to take your health seriously," she told the outlet.
The following year, at a Breast Cancer Research Fund luncheon in New York City, Robach told PEOPLE that she thinks of the day of her breast cancer diagnosis as an important anniversary.
“October 30 is the day I found out I had breast cancer, and that’s the day I’m going to start marking my anniversary because that’s the day I started surviving,” she previously said.
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