Roxanne Black, Friends’ Health Connection
“Two young women lay in hospital beds in two different New Jersey cities, both attached to feeding tubes and talking with each other over the telephone. Though they’ve never met, they are connected by a phone line, a new friendship, and shared experiences: they are each in the fight of their lives against cancer. They're also drawing strength from the caring heart of a beautiful brunette who has never met either of them. In 1990, 18-year-old year old Roxanne Black founded the network that later brought the two of them together. Since then, this network has connected more than 10,000 people suffering from a variety of serious illnesses. She knows first hand what it is like to face the trials of a devastating disease alone. When a high school sophomore, Roxanne, began feeling ill one day, the athletic teen from Atlantic City could never have imagined that she was coming down with a life-changing illness. Until then, she had gone to the beach every day and zealously rowed on her school's demanding crew team."