11/15 Shawn

My name is Karen Shannon and I am a close friend of Shawn. Shawn was a recent recipient of a gift from 12 Ordinary Women. Shawn is finishing a 30 day radiation treatment as well as continued weekly chemotherapy and is very ill with severe side effects and complications She has dictated a thank you note to me to send to you on her behalf.
Dear Twelve Ordinary Women,

I'm not sure I have the words to express my sincere thanks to you all. I opened the envelope, which I thought was a card, as soon as I returned to my desk. I was stunned to see the cash and literally cried like a baby. Life has been very difficult these last 7 years - and the icing on the cake came last year with a diagnosis of stage 3 breast cancer. I've been shown such amazing compassion and concern by my friends, and strangers. It has kept my faith and confidence high.

I am so grateful to all of you - extraordinary women - I can see your angel wings - and I thank you for your generosity and concern!

With love,

P.S. This is the quote by Henry David Thoreau that I was telling you about!

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what is had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."