'Funky Winkerbean' Character to Die From Cancer

MEDINA, Ohio (AP) - "Funky Winkerbean" character Lisa Moore won't survive her second battle with breast cancer.

Creator Tom Batiuk (BAT'-ihk) has already written the final scenes of Lisa's life.

Batiuk says many readers have sent him e-mails asking him to save Lisa.

The 60-year-old prostate cancer survivor says Lisa's story isn't a complete downer. He says it's a hopeful story because it shows how a loving couple like Lisa and her husband, Les, treat each other under all circumstances.

"Funky Winkerbean" is written and drawn by Batiuk in his workshop over his home's garage in suburban Cleveland. The King Features strip is published in about 400 newspapers and will chronicle Lisa's illness through October.