Wednesday, May 16, 2012

“You need to be your own advocate”

Thirteen women, some of whom hadn’t met, or who knew each other only in passing, formed the walking group Sole Sisters, and volunteered to walk with Whalen in the two-day, 39-mile Boston Avon Walk for Breast Cancer on May 18 and 19. 
“They’re such a great group of women,” Whalen, 46, said, now past the surgery that removed the cancer. “You know your friends, but when something like this happens, that’s when you really know how great your friends are, and who your friends are.” 
Whalen was a nurse at Children’s Hospital in Boston for 20 years before quitting to take care of her three children: two daughters, now 14 and 15 years old, and a son, who is 11. 
“It’s a small thing we can do, walking and raising money,” said Peggy Sweeney, one of the Sole Sisters. “Lisa was very strong ... she was a trouper. She went through her treatment with grace and dignity.”

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