I regret to announce that my friend and fellow melanoma warrior, Amy Dunn, passed away today. To all who knew Amy know that she left the world a better place when she passed. She was such a inspiration to all who knew her--always honest, genuine, caring, full of life, courageous, and optimistic. She had everything going for her as a former All-Star Boise State soccer player, a beloved teacher and coach, a loyal friend, and a wondeful daughter and sister. Simply put, Amy was a truly remarkable person.
Amy, thank you for touching my life and inspiring me to fight even HARDER. You will be missed greatly, and never forgotton. Your legacy will live on forever as you touched so many lives here.
My heart has been a mixture of emotions today. Of course, I am saddened by this great loss, especially for Amy's family. It just doesn't seem fair when someone so young (she was 29) is taken away so quickly. I can only imagine the heartbreak that her dear family must feel at this time. On the other hand, I am happy and relieved that Amy is in a better place now--free of pain, FREE OF CANCER, and most importantly, happy and at peace finally. I know that she was received by many angels and is now amoung us as one.
Melanoma sucks. It is a nasty, rotton, unpredictable disease and it needs to be stopped. It takes away too many precious lives and doesn't discriminate. I have seen many melanoma warriors fall now, and it is always heartbreaking, but Amy was my first real friend who I knew personally, and so this is tougher. I pray that someday, and hopefully sooner rather than later, we find a cure to this disease. And erradicate melanoma from the face of the earth. I hope that I am still around for that day. I plan to be.
Giving up is not an option!