BALTIMORE - "She was so young when she was diagnosed, that it was really her whole adult life that she had this disease."
It's been six months since breast cancer took Dottie Mooney's daughter Bridget. At 21 she was diagnosed with stage four cancer that had already spread to her liver.
"When you're dealing with someone who's 21, 22, 23 you just can't ever imagine a disease that is gonna take her life before she's 30," Mooney said.
But what a life Bridget Spence lived.... she married her college sweetheart Alex. She traveled the world, and in between chemotherapy -- at least 10 surgeries and 14 different drug treatments and clinical trials -- Bridget was an advocate for breast cancer awareness.
"She was out there telling young women, that this does happen to younger and younger women. Breast cancer is everywhere," Mooney said.
We caught up with Bridget last October sharing her story and spirit with students at her alma mater, Roland Park Country School.
"I never felt like I had a fighting chance because my diagnosis was so late, and I want to make sure that doesn't happen to anyone else," Bridget said.
Even then, she knew her time was short. But Dottie says her Bridget was not a quitter. During her 7.5-year battle with cancer, her daughter only had two pity parties.
"She gave people hope. She gave people a pathway to life without cancer. It doesn't have to define you," Mooney said.
This month we're all surrounded by pink. Sunday thousands will join Komen Maryland in the race for a cure.
Every dollar that Komen raises helps someone else in the fight against breast cancer.
"You can't have good medicine without research and you can't have good research without money," Mooney said.
Unfortunately, the race is over for Bridget, but her mission moves forward through her family.
"Her mission is what gives me strength. It's what gave her strength," Mooney said.
Now Bridget's family will call on that strength to help them in the days, months and years to come.
"I miss her terribly," Mooney said. "I miss her daily, every morning we spoke on the phone, and I still now pick up the phone. I have the urge, the inclination to call her."
"We have wonderful memories. She was this very special daughter, and sister and wife and friend."
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