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  • Lung Cancer at 19

    July 18 2011

    Nineteen and in love, college sophomore, 13-year competitive athlete...non-smoker. On December 4th, my daughter - Brittany Elizabeth Coppedge - was diagnosed with BAC and just three weeks later she lost her battle with this monster. Yet in those three weeks she showed more amazing strength and grace than I'd ever seen in anyone else. Within minutes of being told of her diagnosis, Brittany looked at me, then at the doctors and said "let's do something".

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  • We Were Both too Young

    March 31 2011

    I lost my mother when she was only 47 years old. In just 8 short months I watched her go from a healthy, active adult to someone who looked decades older. I was only 26 when the roles were switched during her last month. I had become her caregiver.

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  • My Mom: My Friend

    March 31 2011

    My mom, Linda, died at the age of 59 on February 16, 2003. Throughout her life, she always put other people first. She always tried to take care of her health. She, like myself, always enjoyed working with children in special education classrooms. This was her way of making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.

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