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I have a close friend at work who lost his daughter to breast cancer. She had just recently married and was making plans to start her new life when she recieved the terrible news that she had cancer.

Her family, friends, and especially her father, were devastated, and all were left wondering how this could happen to someone so young and vibrant. She was just beginning her new life as a wife with the hope in her heart of becoming a mom, but this was not hand she had been dealt. Shannon would have been a wonderful mother. She fought a valiant fight but unfortunately, one that was lost.

She was the apple of her father's eye and he (as well as everyone else) was left wondering . . . why? There were no answers, only that God seemed to have another plan for his little girl, Shannon. What could that plan possibly be? We may never know, but we can try to find some solace in knowing that God took this very young woman because she was part of a much bigger plan.

Shannon touched many lives in her far too short life. I know that she was an inspiration to many. Her smile could light up a room. She amazed us all with her inner strength.

Because of Shannon, I hope that others will realize just how important mammograms really are and that early detection is so very important. Shannon, without a doubt, has left her imprint here with us, and maybe because of this, she will help to save many, many lives.

I can't help but wonder if this was part of his bigger plan.

Littleton, NH

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