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Saturday, December 08, 2001 at 15:23:30 (PST)

Hallie Gladden

Hallie and I have been best friends since our sophmore year of high school. While we were in college, she came down with a stubborn cold. It went away, but the swollen glands did not. When she finally saw a doctor (college students are the best at procrastination!) she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease. I cannot begin to describe what a beautiful person she is. During her year home for treatment, she was stronger and more assured that she was going to beat it than anyone, including her doctors. Each weekend that I drove home to see her and throughout summer break, Hallie was dragging me out dancing and to restaurants, even on nights when the muscles in her back would spasm so badly she couldn't drive home. She comforted everyone around her, while we learned how to confront the most daunting of challenges with grace from her example. Hallie is now a mom and runs her own graphic design business. She continues to be for me a source of inspiration and a model of endurance.


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