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When Stand Up Speak Up founder Karla Stephens-Tolstoy was diagnosed with Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer in the fall of 2018, her priorities and values changed over night. So did her day-to-day life. One thing that didn't change was that she was still surrounded by a wide variety of strong and inspiring women.
As Karla found herself stuck at home, she turned to a Whatsapp group full of women from all over the world who inspired her. This group was full of friends from childhood, relatives and former colleagues. One thing all of these women had in common was their capacity to support and uplift each other.
It was the creation of this group that inspired Karla to hold a Circle of Strength event as part of her 50th birthday celebration. This day would be a Thank You to all of the women in her life and a chance for them to learn some of Karla's lessons since her diagnosis.
The Circle of Strength Event took place on September 30, 2019 and included more than seventy women from all over the world. Many came in just for this day and it was both a reunion and a celebration of things to come.
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