Thursday, September 13, 2007

Keeping a Promise


Clare Oliver
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel
Clare's life ended this morning. 26 years old, the last four spent fighting melanoma.

As a nineteen year old, Clare entered a solarium with the promise of twenty for the price of ten deal. She stopped after ten, because, as she wrote, she was feeling pain from the treatment. Her mother had voiced concerns, which a nineteen year old Clare passed off with "But mum, everyone does it."

She has lost her voice, now, but as I promised to this remarkable young woman, whom I never met, her memory will give voice.

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