Maryanne Vollers is a writer and producer based in Livingston, Montana. Her first book, Ghosts of Mississippi, was nominated for the National Book Award in 1995. Ice Bound: A Doctor's Incredible Battle for Survival at the South Pole (2001), coauthored with Dr. Jerri Nielsen, was a New York Times No. 1 Bestseller.

Ten years ago, Dr. Jerri Nielsen captivated the world when she was airlifted from the South Pole so she could be treated for breast cancer. She died this week after the cancer returned. Her friend and co-author Maryanne Vollers remembers her courage.