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
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