87-Year-Old Refused To Let Cancer Keep Her From Women’s March

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Cierra Bailey
One 87-year-old Washington state woman didn’t let terminal cancer stop her from marching alongside her family and fellow Americans during the Women’s March.

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On Saturday, women, men, and children of all ages and ethnicities came out in droves for the nationwide Women’s Marches in protest of Donald Trump’s presidency.

While there were many touching stories to come out of the historic event, one that particularly stood out was that of an 87-year-old woman with terminal ovarian cancer whose dying wish was to participate in the march.

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Hospice patient Mary Tanasse could not allow her age or declining health to stop her from experiencing one of the most powerful demonstrations in recent history.

Despite being confined to a wheelchair, she desperately wanted to march alongside her children and grandchildren, so she asked her doctors to keep her alive until the march — and she made it.

“I asked them 'Please let me live until this march' because it was so important for me to model what I feel is right for my family," Tanasse said to local reporters.

She braved the winter temperatures and hit the streets of Olympia, Washington, with her family by her side.

“I made it, and it's a beautiful day,” she said on Saturday. “I praise God, and hopefully, the nation will make an impact so we'll all be heard.”

At 87 years old, Tanasse has lived through many historic moments, but she has also seen the oppression and division that continues to plague the United States. It’s heartbreaking that in 2017, Americans are still fighting the same battles. But, on the flip side, it’s inspiring to see people like Tanasse, who haven’t given up hope for change.  

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