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Just about one year ago a very dear friend-turned family member asked me to join her alongside our little family of friends & all of Bay Ridge to kick cancer in the ass in honor of her parents- Jo & Butch. I've had the very extreme honor of having shared some memories with them, some of which will stay with me forever. One night I picked Meg up from her home in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn and Jo came out and secretely threatened me... "You better not drink tonight Maria! Keep my daughter safe, or I'm comin' after ya!" I swear Jo, I will do everything in my power to keep her safe everyday of my life- I'm ready to kick ass.
I've had few family members fight the battle & have proudly said "fuck you" to cancer. To my cousin Michelle who's fought & beat Hodgkin's Lymphoma, I remember being very young and not really understanding what you went through meant, but now I'm fighting in honor of you & all you've done. You brought three absolutely beautiful kids into this world- all of which I've seen grow up, you are truely incredible. To my Aunt Maria, even though I don't get to see you as often as I'd like, when I do it's always a blast. I've never met anyone as able to speak their mind & not give a shit what anyone thinks, it's a rare quality. You've overcome many things in your life & that is beyond inspiring. You are a grandmother to three beautiful children and going to be for three more this coming year. I'm going to be standing up for you & all the current breast cancer fighters. I love you & all you've done for me in my life. This is my way of returning the favor.
Being in my field of work, I've encounted many, many people. One of which I've shared a doctor's waiting room with. Bridget-you are the most bad-ass dog owner, ever. Cookie & Sparky- you two little ones are so lucky. The amount of love you have to give to others is astounding. Thank you for continuously yelling at me to take care of not only others- but myself most importantly. You've had an influence on my life & I thank you for that. Keep fighting Bridg.
This year, the second annual Cancer Can't Kill Love will be held on Sunday, October 12 at The Lief in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn in honor of not only Jo & Butch McGoldrick, but to those currently fighting and in memory of those who have fought. To them we will raise a glass or five, eat homemade food, and dance to the local music of Bay Ridge and together we will fight. For more information on the event please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/714743395227811/
To every parent, cousin, child, grandparent, friend and aquaintance- there is someone fighting for you.
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