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Today a friend of mine turns 50.  She wrote about it on her blog.  In a few weeks she’ll be walking the Susan G. Komen 3 Day walk for the second year in a row.   This is awesome for her and for the women who will benefit from the money she raises.   What is so awesome for her is that before this walk she never imagined seeing 51.  Fifty, that big 5 and 0 was going to be her last year.   There were many reasons for her belief but it was one.  She expected that if she did live past 51, she’d be in a wheel chair or a walker.   But now she’s walking.  She’s walking past the point she thought she could.  Now she can envision a life where she has better health and a quality of life past fifty.

Good for her.  Good for those women who will  benefit by the money that goes to Susan G. Komen.  This walk saved her life, though she has not had breast cancer.   In saving her life, it has the potential to save even more.  That strikes me as very profound.   My friend is not a scientist.  She is not out slaving away to find a cure for cancer.  She doesn’t live a life of perfect health.  In short, she’s ordinary, living an ordinary but the fact is that her new lease on life means more women may have a chance at a longer life.   The fact that this woman lives, means others might.   Now isn’t that sort of an It’s a Wonderful Life kind of story?   Doesn’t that remind all of us that our lives too can have this level of meaning?

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