Seattle.....See you in September, 2017
~ Bridget Mooney's words in 2008, diagnosed at 21
" I found out I had breast cancer while waiting in line for coffee at Starbucks. I was only 21 years old. Before my diagnosis, I never thought about breast cancer because I am the first woman in my family to become a victim of this disease. The doctors never thought I could get breast cancer because I was so young and because I have no family history. No one would take me and my breast lump seriously, which is why I found out I had cancer in Starbucks.
The doctors were wrong, but sadly their mistake had dire concequences. I was not sent for a mammogram for months after finding my lump. By the time I was taken seriously I had gotten very sick. My cancer had traveled to my liver. Not only am I a 24-year old breast cancer survivor, but I am also a 24-year old Stage 4 breast cancer survivor. The doctors did not expect me to see my 30th birthday.
Yet, in spite of everything, I think I am blessed. Unlike so many survivors, I did not have a child, or mortgage payments or a flourishing career. I was able to put my life on hold. I found love, support and health insurance from my parents. I was also diagnosed young enough for cancer to truly shape my adult life. I came into womanhood during chemotherapy. I transformed from a young girl who was afraid to talk to strangers into an activist who speaks in public, walks 60 miles to prove her point and never takes no for an answer.
I can't change the past, I can't change the hand I have been dealt, but I can ensure my best friends will never hear the words breast cancer, or incurable, or stage 4. No one should suffer as I have."
~ Passed away, April 4, 2013 just 3 months shy of her 30th birthday
Bridget was my friend, my colleague and my inspiration.
Five years ago I became the Captain of our Susan G. Komen team, A String of Pearls, in honor and in memory of Bridget.
Your past donations funded clinical trials which kept her alive for 8 years and allowed her to marry the love of her life, travel, take part in 60 mile walks, become a Global Ambassador/Spokeswoman for Susan G. Komen, enjoy her home her husband, her family, her puppy, her life.
It was all taken away much too soon.
And this is why I continue to walk....for Bridget Mooney Spence...who always wore pearls....and for all the other Bridgets in our lives.
Please give generously.
Please support me as I take on an incredible challenge. The Susan G. Komen 3-Day® isn’t just a 60-mile walk over the course of three days—it’s a journey to the end of breast cancer. Seventy-five percent of the net proceeds raised by the 3-Day® help support Komen’s Research and Training Grant Program and large public health outreach programs for women and men facing breast cancer. The remaining 25 percent helps fund local community and Affiliate support and outreach programs.