Katie Couric shared a beautiful tribute to her late husband Jay Monahan on Jan. 24, the 20th anniversary of his death.
In the photo, Monahan, who died from colon cancer in 1998, is holding one of the couple’s daughters and smiling into the camera.
“Jay Monahan January 9, 1956-January 24, 1998,” she wrote. “Twenty years ago today. We miss you.”
Couric and Monahan have two daughters, Ellie, 26, and Caroline, 22.
In December, Couric remembered her late husband and sister, Emily, who died after a battle with pancreatic cancer in 2001, in a post on Instagram, urging others to join the Stand Up To Cancer movement.
“You probably know someone who has been diagnosed with cancer, if you haven’t had to contend with it yourself. As many of you know, in 1998, I lost my husband, Jay, to colon cancer. Three years later, I lost my sister, Emily, to pancreatic cancer. I felt so powerless as I watched this disease take the lives of two people who meant the world to me,” she wrote, in part, in the lengthy post.
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You probably know someone who has been diagnosed with cancer, if you haven't had to contend with it yourself. As many of you know, in 1998, I lost my husband, Jay, to colon cancer. Three years later, I lost my sister, Emily, to pancreatic cancer. I felt so powerless as I watched this disease take the lives of two people who meant the world to me. I wanted to help spare other families the terrible heartbreak mine had endured, and I realized that new treatments had to be developed more quickly for the patients who needed them. With guidance from the smartest scientists and the support of the entire entertainment community, nine of us started @su2c to help do that. Nine years later, our researchers, doctors, patients and donors are rewriting what is possible by collaborating on cutting-edge treatments that are literally saving lives. Swipe through for survivors who have been helped by @SU2C research: Jacob Teel, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia; Trina Taylor, Colon Cancer; David Gobin, Lung Cancer; and Karen Taphorn, Melanoma. I invite you to join our movement that is ending cancer as we know it. With 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women getting some form of cancer in their lifetimes, the need is urgent. We are all about the science. 100% of every donation received by SU2C directly funds lifesaving research. This holiday season, please click the link in the bio to donate if you can. Thank you so much for your support. To get regular updates on Stand Up To Cancer’s work, visit http://www.standuptocancer.org/subscribe #StandUpToCancer #SU2C #LetsBeatCancer #FightCancer #cancersucks #cancersurvivor #cancersurvivors #MyCaregiverStory #caregiver #supportacaregiver #caregiverappreciation #Cancer #cancers
Earlier this month, it was announced that Couric would be returning to NBC to co-host the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea with NBC Sports host Mike Tirico.
“Very excited to host the #winterolympics #openingceremony with @miketirico!!” she said in an Instagram post following the big announcement.