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The family and friends of Leda Locke are coming together to raise money to help her with her fight against breast cancer.

Leda: a sister, a daughter, a wife, a friend who helps you move, who drives you home even though it's the other direction, and the kind of friend who drives four hours one way to keep you company and then drives four hours home again.

Until a few months ago, 27 year old Leda's concerns were in line with those of most any other 27 year olds. Until a few months ago, Leda was on track with her studies towards her degree, towards her planned career.

Then Leda found a lump in her breast. It was cancer. A flurry of tests and doctor visits ensued. Biopsies, consultations, treatment plans. A second lump was found.

Leda was forced to withdraw from school, and immediate repayment of her student loans was demanded.

By Christmas, she had undergone a double mastectomy and the first of three reconstructive surgeries, and plans for chemotherapy to be administered in February were in place.

These plans, this disease, and these must-do treatment plans, have derailed Leda's own plans for study and work and, most precious of all, children.

Chemotherapy will impact Leda's fertility. Her choice to have and when to have a child is no longer hers, and the opportunities are seriously, severely even, diminished.

Under the advice of doctors, Leda and her husband will be completing a round of IVF during January to harvest healthy eggs for the cryogenic storage of embryos before chemotherapy begins.

For many of us, the choice and desire to have a child with never require as much pain, as much thought, as much hope as Leda's will.

Please donate to Leda's opportunity, her hope. Our gratitude for your generosity is boundless.
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