Dec 30, 2011 08:51AM
● By Style
Photo by Dante Fontana
It wasn’t until 2009, when Folsom resident Gina Mulligan was diagnosed with Stage I breast cancer, that she recognized the power of the written word.
Throughout her treatment, Mulligan received more than 200 letters and cards, some from people she didn’t even know. “They were so powerful and healing,” she says, yet she remembers wondering if all cancer patients were so fortunate.
These days, with her cancer in full remission, Mulligan is hard at work on her new non-profit organization, Girls Love Mail, a letter-writing campaign, which aims to provide all newly diagnosed breast cancer patients with words of encouragement and hope. “I really feel that it benefits people,” she explains. “I’m not asking people for money, just a little compassion.” She is also a full-time writer (her epistolary novel, From Across the Room, is due out next month) and an active participant in the Sacramento Valley Branch of Susan G. Komen for the Cure (a national organization raising funds for breast cancer research and education). Despite her amazing drive and perseverance, Mulligan remains modest about her accomplishments. “I’m not trying to change the world,” she says. “I’m just trying to change a small part of it.”
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