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When I was a junior going to be a senior in college I stayed at school during the summer to do research with one of my professors. It worked out perfectly because 3 of my closest friends also stayed and did the same.

One summer night we were partying outside behind some house celebrating a birthday. I got a voicemail from Blondie, my childhood best friend. I don’t know why I felt the need to check it – considering we usually just left nonsense voicemail for each other purposely making them as long as possible with a final “password” word at the end  so we could confirm the person listened until the end.

It was past 11pm and I decided I needed to listen to the voicemail. As soon as I heard her voice I knew something was wrong. She cried into the voicemail telling me she just found out her Mom had breast cancer. She would need to get chemo treatments as soon as possible.

The first thing I did was call my Mom. I couldn’t actually get the reason I was calling out instead I just sobbed into the phone as my Mother freaked out  since it was almost midnight at this point. When I finally was able to speak she started crying too. I don’t know why, but the first thing I thought of was that Blondie’s Mom was the same age as my Mom, this could be my Mom going through it too. It felt like it was my Mom going through it. Honestly, I felt helpless and angry.

The next year was a tough year for Blondie. Her Mom went through treatments where she’d spend days on end sick and exhausted. She lost all of her hair and spent hours trying to find a realistic looking wig. The following September I came home from Boston and did the Breast Cancer walk in NYC with Blondie, her mom, her brother, his gf and one of our friends. She didn’t want the attention on her but it felt good to be participating in something where so many others understood the reason behind doing so.

Yesterday morning I woke up at 7am, went down to the World Trade Center with my friend S and participated in Spin for Hope. We cycled for 3 hours non-stop with 100+ others to fund-raise for cancer. In total we all raised over $16,000. It was such an inspirational event, everyone was there for someone and each of the instructors (they swapped instructors each half an hour to make it interesting) kept saying as we grew tired – “Who’s waiting for you at the top of this hill? PUSH!

I’m really glad I was able to do it. Even if I need a cushion pillow to be able to sit today.

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