Sunday, September 28, 2008

Coming full circle

ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND - Many years ago, two amazing women made a promise which has changed so many of our lives for the better. Barbara Bradley Baekgaard and Patricia R. Miller started the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer because they were so moved by the struggle that their friend Mary Sloan endured during her breast cancer journey they knew they had to do something. When Mary lost her battle, their passion to find a cure fueled the start of this remarkable foundation. It is with great honor that I am here today and feel the full impact of the meaning of this morning. We gathered on Saturday morning to walk; to take a simple stroll in the rain to raise money for research. Research which saved my life, and the life of my son, and countless of lives yet to come. Research that will help our daughters have a future free of this insidious disease.

These ladies, the beautiful mid-atlantic sales consultants for
Vera Bradley, are standing in the exact territory in which Mary Sloan lived and worked. We thank you, Barb and Pat, for starting us on this path. Your efforts and your love for Mary have given us all something to be proud of. We are reaching for the stars, but we can only do so because you have lifted us all so high.

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