Here come the Golden Girls

There’s no short­age of courage in Lor­raine Burke’s team, with two of her friends tak­ing part soon after fin­ish­ing chemo­ther­apy

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I’m lucky to have a close-knit group of friends who I’ve known for years. We have been there for one an­other through good times and bad, and that has never been more ev­i­dent than in re­cent months.

Last Au­tumn, two of our group, Maria and April, were di­ag­nosed with can­cer just weeks apart. It shocked all of us, and we tried to help in any way we could.

Plans to go away for Maria’s 50th were put on hold. But I wanted to do some­thing to mark her big day, and that’s when I thought about the Moon­walk. I re­mem­bered the joy­ous ca­ma­raderie of do­ing it a few years ago. There was no short­age of vol­un­teer walk­ers, and I’ve man­aged to get a

team of 35, including Maria and April as well as Amanda – an­other friend who’s been hav­ing on­go­ing treat­ment. We’ve called our­selves the Golden Girls, and dec­o­rated our bras with hun­dreds of gold beads. Maria and April only fin­ished chemo­ther­apy at the end of March. They’re de­ter­mined to cross the fin­ish line – even if it means be­ing pushed the last few miles in wheel­chairs.

Friend­ship means ev­ery­thing to me. It’s my job to let my friends know that, what­ever they are go­ing through, they are never alone. To­gether, we are so much stronger.

Lor­raine’s team is de­ter­mined to fin­ish the walk

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