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Old friends in new faces

September 26, 2013 - Jennifer Brookens
Doppelgangers, long-lost twins, look-alike... Other than being convenient scapegoats or storyline twists in soap operas, what are they? Amazing coincidences, or perhaps something more...

I was reminded of this when I met Stacie Eichinger yesterday, a woman from Tuscon, Ariz. who is walking across America and promoting "Beads of Courage" for children fighting cancer. When I first heard about, "There's a lady walking down County Road 26, and she said she's walking across the country," I wasn't sure what to expect. But from the moment I pulled onto the side of the road and started taking photos of her, there was a familiarity to her. Maybe it was the fact that she wasn't phased by a van suddenly pulling up and blocking her path, and a person jumping out of the van and start snapping pictures. ("I had a feeling you must be a reporter," she said, mentioning it's happened to her a few times already on her trek). But as I invited her out of the wind and gave her a chance to sit and rest for a few minutes, it already felt like I was chatting with an old friend. And in a way, I was. From her face and hair, to her bubbly and outgoing personality, she reminded me of an old childhood friend of mine. It was enough so that I had to remind myself her name was Stacie, and not my friend, Chelsea. It was strange how this comparison came so quickly, even though I haven't seen my friend in nearly 20 years (even though we've reconnected on Facebook).

I knew Stacie was on a mission and didn't have a lot of time to waste, so I didn't share this observation with her. But I did appreciate the short amount of time she was willing to give me, and I am now following her Facebook "Walk 4 Courage" page, and will be rooting for her the rest of the way.

Thank you, Stacie, for the inspiring story, and refreshing a happy memory for me.


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