I posted this piece back in the fall after talking with Christie.

It only seemed right to post the addendum. Please read and learn and give generously to eradicate this horrible disease.

Although breast cancer is no picnic, it doesn’t seem to be the death sentence it was thirty years ago when I met my friend, Christie Rosen. But Christie has a particularly nasty form of of the disease, basil type triple negative cancer and she is fighting like hell to get better. I have high hopes for her because Christie, is THE most positive person I have ever known. When times were dark, she was the one who ALWAYS sang “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow” at the top of her lungs to cheer everyone else up.

She continues that incredible spirit today, advocating and raising money for the clinical trial of a drug that has shown great promise for eliminating breast cancer. Think about that. Repeat the words–ELIMINATE BREAST CANCER. Most days it is difficult just for her to get out of bed and get dressed. But Christie’s doing that this very morning to be part of a presentation advocating for a new vaccine that is responsible for healing her friend Toni Turchi from the same disease. With your help, this vaccine can go to clinical trial and find it’s way to the marketplace so that YOU will never have to rack your body with chemo and lose your beautiful hair.

Some cancer patients say losing their hair is no big deal. On losing her hair, Christie writes: “Tonight I said good-bye to a friend that I have cultivated, taken care of and looked after for almost 55 years-my hair. It was like an out of body experience. Never in my life would I have thought I would be asked by a hairdresser, “do you want to me to shave it all off or would you be more comfortable if I leave you with an inch?” There was no real choice since I was then informed that by the end of the week, it would all fall out on it’s own. My only saving grace is that because my hair was long enough and I hadn’t colored it, I was able to donate it to Wigs for Kids. If I couldn’t keep it at least it was going to a good cause. So my hair lives on for a child in need.”

While there are a lot of charities who raise money for breast cancer, the Toni Turchi Foundation is different. Every dime that is raised goes toward the vaccine that turned the foundation’s namesake, who had the same grave diagnosis as my friend, into a woman with NO EVIDENCE OF THE DISEASE. With the promise this vaccine has shown, THIS ONE could very well been the one that finds the CURE. If you have a mother or a daughter, if you are a daughter, please log onto and give generously. Thank you.

 Addendum: Sadly, Christie Rosen, who was born on Christmas day and was every bit as bright and glorious as the holiday itself, passed away December 7, 2012. Christie wasn’t able to see this promising vaccine from research to market, but she advocated for it, believed in it, and her dear friend Toni Turchi is living proof that it works. Rest in peace, Christie June Rosen. You were so right about the sun, and I suspect you are behind its brilliance. 

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Kim Boykin learned about women and their hair in her mother’s beauty shop in a tiny South Carolina town. She loves to write stories about strong Southern women, because that’s what she knows. Kim is an accomplished public speaker and serves on the board of the South Carolina Writer’s Workshop. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband, three dogs, and 126 rose bushes.
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  1. What a blessing you must have been to Christie. Thoughts and prayers with you.

  2. Ronald Couch says:

    Your friend, Christie, symbolizes the strength and character of cancer fighters, survivors, and, sadly, those who have lost the battle.
    I am fighting a particularly aggressive form of secondary bone cancer, and recognize the statistics are not in my favor, but also am a fighter who plans on being my cancer’s worst nightmare.
    Also, there is a relatively new immunization for prostate cancer sufferers created with ones own blood cells and re-infused with the hopes of the treated cells destroying the malignant cells.
    Thank you,Kim, for a well-written, inspiring article.

    • Kim Boykin says:

      Thanks for writing, Ronald. It was a sad post to write, but Christie believed in the possibility of a cancer free world. It would be wrong, not to end her story with hope because nobody believed in its power more than she did. Positive thoughts and prayers in your battle.

  3. Kim Boykin says:

    I’m glad there’s hope in the future for women with this horrible type of breast cancer. I just wish it had come a little sooner. Christie was a once-in-a-lifetime personality. Thanks for posting.

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