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Absolutely nothing was going to stop hospice patient Mary Tanasse from attending the Women's March (opens in new tab) on Olympia, Washington, last Saturday—and her badass, empowering story is guaranteed to have you sobbing over your keyboard.
As the 87-year-old mother of nine and grandmother of 27 told KING 5 News (opens in new tab), despite being diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer, the matriarch of the family wanted nothing more than to be able to attend the Women's March alongside her family on Saturday. So, she asked her doctors to let her live long enough to stand up for what she believes in and to cross the protest off her bucket list.
"I asked them, 'Please let me live until this march, because it's so important to me for me to model what I feel is right for my family,'" she said. "Can't ask more than that. I made it, and it's a beautiful day, and I praise God and hopefully the nation will make an impact so it will be heard."
💗 87-year-old Mary asked her hospice: "Please let me live until this march." She explains why today is so important to her, via @ElisaHahnK5 pic.twitter.com/tmKxSCKLfyJanuary 22, 2017
Other photos from the event show Mary—wearing a bright pink pussy hat—and her family happily marching with a banner that says, "87-year-old: I will be heard!"
Tonight - a daughter talks about Mary Tanasse's legacy @KING5Seattle 5p and 630p pic.twitter.com/EQeR0WyEZCJanuary 24, 2017
Mary Tanasse, 87, is on hospice but the #marchonoly was on her bucket list. So she made it here! pic.twitter.com/YLyCSqUIloJanuary 21, 2017
87y.o. Mary Tanasse of Lacey is in hospice care w/ terminal ovarian cancer. Taking part in #WomensMarch was on her #BUCKETLIST @KING5Seattle pic.twitter.com/9BTA0eG4OoJanuary 21, 2017
Mary's grandson, Jacob Jonas Williams, has since started a GoFundMe page in his grandmother's honor in hopes of creating a women's scholarship in her name. You can donate to this beautiful cause right here (opens in new tab).
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