Sunday, April 3, 2016

A Very Special Girl

                                                                                                            April, 2016


          To the readers of My Big Girl Pants:


April 4th marks three years since Bridget passed away, and losing her is still hard to comprehend. Our hearts ache from missing her; her beautiful smile, her sharp wit and her engaging personality. It is impossible to capture everything she was in mere words. As our lives go on, we mourn the fact that she is missing those milestones all of us enjoy: weddings, babies, family trips, birthdays and simple joy. We know for certain, however, that she is with us at every turn, as, in Bridget fashion, she sends remarkable signs. We are reminded often that her spirit lives among us as we share memories of her and laugh the way she would have wanted. Bridget was truly unforgettable.

Her legacy lives on at Dana Farber also, as the Pink Angels near their goal. The Bridget Spence Fund goes directly to breast cancer research, to spare other young women impacted by this disease...certainly Bridget's greatest wish.

On this April 4th, please keep your fondest memories of Bridget alive.

5 comments:

Kathy said...

I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Bridget on my very first Boston walk, I met her at an information meeting, I believe it was at a New Balance location but I don't recall the exact location.

We talked for quite a while before she revealed that she had breast cancer and I was shocked and saddened to learn such a young girl had breast cancer and she was not just another walker I happened to bump into.

One of the things she shared with me was losing her hair and how it affected her.

I have a dear friend that also went through breast cancer, it is her that inspired me to start the walks and her that inspired me to want to do more and make an immediate and direct impact on the lives of women with cancer.

With the guidance of my friend, giving me a personal perspective on cancer and with the inspiration from Bridget, I started looking for ways to help women and I started talking to women and their families during the walks and reaching out through support groups and I heard from many many women and their families about hair loss and keeping them all in mind, I started a 501C3 non-profit that we call Green Zinnia.

We recognize that wanting your hair is not a matter of vanity and so we focus on funding wigs for women who have lost their hair to cancer. I don't believe a women should have to choose between paying household bills, paying medical bills or paying for a wig and that's exactly what women and families have told me that they are doing.

Women have told me they feel guilty for wanting their hair back.
Husbands and families have told me they feel guilty for not being able to give that to their wives.

I don't want this to sound like an ad, it's not an ad, it's just meant to let you know that Bridget was an inspiration that helped to start an idea that turned into a project that became a passion that is helping women and will continue to help women.

We have are working and growing and adding services to what we do and I often think of Bridget and the young girl that was so candid and open with me, a complete stranger and newbie to the 60 miles that lay in front of me and she left an impression on me that I will never forget.

I'm so sorry for the loss of your beautiful wife, meeting her for a short time, I can see that you are a lucky man to have her in your life.

Kathy
Green Zinnia, Inc



Anonymous said...

I followed Bridget for a long time. She popped into my head today. I'm so glad this blog is still up.

Cruikshank Family said...

Here at Event 360 we just gave away our annual *BRIDGET SPENCE AWARD* - The award goes to someone who has been recognized by their peers as someone whose conduct and character exemplify the six core values of the company. -Great People -Transparent Success -Meaningful Relationships -Uncompromosing Standards -Cost-Conciousness -Boldness.
We will never forget Bridget. She is part of our every day lives at Event 360.
:-)
Congrats, Jane Kramer for winning the 2016 Bridget Spence Award!!!!

-Gayla Cruikshank
Susan G. Komen Dallas/Fort Worth 3-Day Coach

Dee said...

Today of all days I started reading this blog. I just noticed the date. My thoughts and prayers are with Bridget's family

Dottie Mooney said...

Hi, Dee, I am Bridget's mother. Because of the date, I checked the blog and was surprised to see your post. It has been 4 years since Bridget's death, so the blog is mostly quiet now.
I hope it gives you strength, wherever you are in your journey. Bridget was an incredible human being and she would be so happy to know you are reading the blog. It was her vehicle to reach the most people at one time. She had a large following and was loved by so many. BC is a horrible disease. Let's hope we find a cure in the near future. Good luck to you.
Dottie Mooney