There is something to be said about your childhood best friend. You play together. You grow up together. You find out who you are together. You build an unbreakable bond. Those childhood friendships are the ones that last; the ones you look back on and smile about.
I met my childhood best friend in Mrs. Looney's Kindergarten class at H.L. Lubker Elementary. She had big eyes, red hair, and a bright smile. We 'clicked' as well as two kindergarteners can. The years soon began to fly by. Sleepovers. Storybooks. Dress up. Cheerleading. Dancing. A Mall Madness board game. Boy bands. Pizza. Boyfriends. Concerts.
We didn't know we were making memories; we were just having fun.
But our friendship had more than just your typical little girl facets of life. There were enzymes. Tube feedings. Vests. Breathing treatments. Tobi. Hospitals. Ensure. Coughing. Coughing. Coughing. All of this was normal to me. We drug around an IV pole as we snuck into the kitchen for a late night treat and never walked anywhere too fast. Looking back, I was thankful for having to move slowly at times. It gave me a better opportunity to soak it all in.
There is something to be said about losing your childhood best friend. Whether you are 8 or 80, it changes you. Everything you are made up of changes forever and it never goes back to being the same as it was before. I gave my best friend her last manicure. I helped plan her visitation. I sang at her funeral. I laid one last secret note in her hand.
There are approximately 30,000 Americans living with cystic fibrosis. They are moms, dads, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons, friends and co-workers who struggle every day just to breathe, just as Angel did. I walk for every single one of them and hope you will support me in my efforts. I will fight every day for those with cystic fibrosis to ensure that they receive the best care available to them.
Real progress has been made in the search for a cure, but the lives of people with CF are still cut far too short. There still is no cure for this devastating disease. By walking today, I am helping add tomorrows to the lives of people living with cystic fibrosis. Will you join me? Support me by making a donation to my Great Strides fundraising campaign today!
Help me reach my fundraising goal by donating to my Great Strides fundraising campaign. Your gift will help add tomorrows to the lives of people with cystic fibrosis by supporting life-saving research and medical progress.
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