Mile #185 in honor of Tara

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 "Princess" Tara (as Tom loves to refer to her as) was diagnosed 9 days after her 8th birthday with Astrocytoma Grade 2 Brain Cancer.  She underwent over 70 weeks of IV chemo and then relapsed 6 months later and had to do 11 months of oral chemo.  She has had 4 brain surgeries, hundreds of needle sticks, MRI's, hospital stays and the list goes on and on.  But to look at Tara today you would never know the mountain she has had to climb to get to where she is today.  Tara still struggles daily with short term memory loss but she doesn't let that slow her down.

Tara is a senior at Chantilly High School and hopes to attend James Madison University in the fall to study sociology with a minor in criminal justice.  Her life goal is to become a K9 officer in either the police force or with a government agency.   Tara enjoys playing softball with her travel team as well as on her high school varsity team.

If Tara is not on the softball field she can generally be found spending time with her friends or cuddling up with her dogs or working.  Through this whole journey Tara never let anything bring her down and always had a smile on her face.

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