Anastacia Longenderfer Dougherty was born on April 10, 1982 in Danville, PA.
Ana was influenced by the various places she lived during her life: her sensitivity and compassion for others was nurtured in small towns like Terre Hill and Mechanicsburg in PA, while her zest for life and bravery in challenges flourished in large cities like Oklahoma City, New York City and lastly Philadelphia. Her abounding curiosity and inquisitive nature led her to travel the world and see Mexico, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Germany and France. She also vacationed in Arizona, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Texas. This variety of cultural environments enhanced her creative gifts through art, writing, photography and dance. After graduation from Pennsylvania State University her first adventure took her to New York City where she gained experience as a writer and media relations consultant with firms including Macy’s Headquarters in Herald Square.
Ana’s passion and energy blossomed in Philadelphia after marrying Christopher Dougherty. The couple created a home where Ana experimented in culinary arts reflecting the same sensory enjoyment expressed throughout her life. The couple's addition of Bedford, a highly energetic Golden Doodle, only verified what friends and family knew already: Ana’s capacity for sharing and creating a loving spirit was unbounded.
In 2009 Ana was diagnosed with cancer. After successful surgery she enjoyed 3 cancer-free years and hope for the future. When the cancer recurred, she revealed another attribute known to her family but not necessarily recognized by others. Ana’s strength during adversity was her hallmark. Her intrepid spirit drove Ana to NIH where she participated in two clinical trials and found nurturing care united with a hopeful clinical mission.
Ana passed away early in the morning of March 12, 2015 surrounded by her extended family. Ana’s wit, quiet strength, and beauty live within all who met and knew her.