Cancer survivor carries out 30 random acts of kindness

4-time cancer survivors carries out 30 random acts of kindness ahead of her 30th birthday. (Source: WXIA/CNN)
4-time cancer survivors carries out 30 random acts of kindness ahead of her 30th birthday. (Source: WXIA/CNN)

(WXIA/CNN) - A tough young woman who survived several bouts with cancer is paying kindness forward in a big way as she approaches a milestone birthday.

"Cancer patients become dependent on the daily routine," Lauraine Frank said.

There is something beautiful about a person who gains her own strength from being strong for others.

"The cancer could come back or it could be gone forever," she said.

For her entire twenties, Frank had lived with either the specter or the reality of Hodgkin's lymphoma.

"I was first diagnosed when I was 21," she said. "I did cry, but then I said, 'what can we do? How am I going to beat this?'"

She asked those questions again when she was diagnosed a second time, then a third, then a fourth.

During her last bout, this woman of so many words took just one photograph, but Frank wrote a lot.

And she found a community of friends and family offering support through her online blog called Always a Silver Lining.

"It just meant so much to me, and I got it in my head at that time, when I'm healthy and able, I'm going to pay it forward to people," Frank said. "I'm doing 30 random acts of kindness for my 30th birthday."

The paying it forward has already begun.

With her lymphoma in remission, and her 30th birthday this Saturday, Frank is celebrating the week by doing 30 random acts of kindness.

"Left a note on someone's car that says, 'have a great day.' I left some quarters at the Laundromat," she said.

On another day, she even left cookies for her mail carrier.

The theme has caught on. Franks Facebook page is full of friends who have followed her advice and "spread the love."

"The response has been crazy and overwhelming and wonderful," she said.

They are acts of kindness, but they are also acts of emotional strength.

That strength is what allowed Frank to pull through and now push forward.

"My heart is full and up to the brim, and I couldn't have asked for a better birthday week, and I couldn't have asked for a better response from this," she said.

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