As this year is quickly approaching its end, there is a project in its infancy–
A Pearl to Bridget Project.
While some of us are ready to close the chapter on this year and look forward to achieving grander successes in 2013, there are others who will enter the new year reflecting on what legacies they will leave behind.
Many of us have come to a realization that our time truly IS limited.
For some of us, the remaining moments in 2012, as well as the first few weeks of the new year typically spent on resolutions soon-to-be-forgotten, will be dedicated to making sure that a beautiful, vivacious, gifted young woman knows that she will never be forgotten.
Bridget Spence is one of my heroes. She is 29 years old and was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer at the age of 21. Her hope is to live long enough to celebrate her 30th birthday in July.
Her name is well-known in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk community. Whether sharing the titles of 3-Day coach, walker, survivor, advocate, friend or family member, no one can say they have not been touched by Bridget’s powerful spirit on so many levels, whether you have met her face-to-face or not.
I dare say that if you were to watch any of the videos of her speeches on YouTube, you will be filled with a sense of who she is and her powerful, dynamic personality.
Here you will find Bridget speaking at the Komen Leadership Conference on March 2, 2012.
Bridget’s blog, My Big Girl Pants, is one of the most touching, honest accounts of life’s journey, whether you are living with cancer or simply learning to live. Her willingness to be vulnerable to share raw emotion, her heart and soul has affected me profoundly. It serves as an example as how to connect with oneself and with others on so many levels.
Bridget wrote her last blog post this week–Right Place Right Time–as she prepares to “say her goodbyes.”
It is one of the most touching pieces I have ever read, where she asks us–
…for just one more favor. It is time for me to ask each of you to let me go. It is time to say goodbye…Please, don’t forget about me. (Bridget Spence)
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Malinda H., Alisen D., Aubrey C., and Brenda T. are also my heroes. We all know one another through mutual association with the Susan G. Komen 3-Day.
These women are orchestrating a project to honor Bridget Spence in a big way–A Pearl to Bridget Project–to let Bridget (who loves pearls) know that years that she has fought this insidious disease have not been in vain, to show her just how much impact she has had on the world around her, and to share with her the love she has been so selfless in sharing with others.
For a two-week period, people from all over the world are ordering a single (one) pearl. Each pearl will symbolize a life that Bridget and her message have touched, which will serve as a reminder that she will never be forgotten. The pearls will be strung and sent to her as proof of the impact she has made.
(If you don’t know her and don’t think she has touched your life, please read her blog or watch her speak on YouTube.)
We are happy to announce that Pearl Paradise (pearlparadise.com) has partnered with the project planners and will donate 50% of the total order and the cost of shipping to the Komen organization in Bridget Spence’s name.
Due to the time sensitivity of this project, the deadline for this generous offer is January 11th, 2013. When ordering from Pearl Paradise, please use the following “Ship To” name and address for tracking purposes:
Malinda H., c/o A Pearl to Bridget Project, (address removed upon deadline )
The company will hold the pearls and, once the orders are all processed, one of the the company’s designers will design and craft something special for Bridget and it will be sent directly to her. We ask that you leave a comment here on the blog with the order number from Pearl Paradise. You can also leave your comment, story, words of love, etc. Each comment will be acknowledged.
Bridget could be any one of the young women you know…
Daughter. Sister. Granddaughter. Niece. Cousin. Wife. Girlfriend. Coworker.
I encourage to read Bridget’s blog to peer into the window of this one woman’s life who has made such a difference to so many others. Share it with those you know. Much can be learned from her as she shares her journey LIVING with Cancer.
Thank you for joining us in this effort and for helping to make a difference in Bridget’s life…and for letting Bridget know that we will NEVER forget.
(Note: To read Bridget’s blog or hear her speak, put your cursor over the hyperlinks on her name, speech or blog references and you can hear and read the words from this amazing woman.)