Sister of former Fox News personality Tony Snow to start foundation in his honor

The sister of the late and legendary Fox News Channel personality Tony Snow has started a foundation to help the families and caregivers of victims of colon cancer, the disease that claimed Snow's life in 2008.

Jenny Snow Asbrook started the "Tony Snow and Betty Jo Caregiver Network" in honor of her sibling and mother, both of whom died far too young after complications from colorectal cancers. The foundation will provide financial and emotional support to families and caregivers in the form of grants for those that apply.

Last month, Asbrook began a fundraising campaign for the fund by competing in the Ironman U.S. Championship in New York City in honor of both the pair, finishing 17th in her age group with a time of 13:25:12.

The caregiver network will provide one-time grants to help cover unexpected costs during treatment, grief counseling for families, and “provide opportunities to create family memories,” according to the foundation's website.

Snow was syndicated columnist and a speechwriter for President Georrge H.W. Bush before coming to Fox News Channel. He was first diagnosed with colon cancer in February 2005 and beat it after a successful surgery. He left the television job to become White House press secretary for the Bush administration a year later.

In March 2007 he was forced to leave his position in Washington after a recurring bout of cancer spread to his liver. He died on July 12, 2008, at age 53.

Donations to the Tony Snow and Betty Jo Caregiver Network can be made on their website.