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Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 12:15pm
Carmen was an incredible young women whose life was cut short by a tragic accident on a family vacation. Although I did not know Carmen, I do know her best friend. That is how I learn about her amazing spirit and thirst for life, which definitely rubbed off on her best friend. Who has since shared it with me. Although only knowing her for two months this young women told me about Carmen and her zest. Today, on Carmen's birthday I helped my new friend by making her a "10/23/13 thrival kit" for this difficult day. It included some very simple things to make today as easy as possible. Just forty-five minutes ago I texted her to see how she was doing when I realized she was walking towards me. She told me to close my eyes and stick out my hand. When I opened them I was surprised by the green band I found there. As she explained what it meant and what I was to do, I was totally overwhelmed. Even on the hardest day of her year, this girl was recognizing me for doing something that to me was just normal. I am so thankful to have made such a great friend at Tech. Carmen's spirit lives on, I am sure in this incredible young women.