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‘Rocks of Hope’ message inspires Triangle woman to carry on founder’s inspirational mission

May 9, 2019

Shortly after Susan Garrett was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor, known as NET cancer, she went to a dark place.

“I was just angry most of the time,” she said. “I wasn’t interested in life.”

Garrett went online looking for answers.

As she battled cancer, Linden was the subject of several WRAL News reports. She and her family faced the disease, in part, by painting rocks with inspirational messages and leaving them to be found by others.

“Most of the time, it’s someone finding the rock in their darkest time,” Linden told WRAL News before she lost her battle with cancer in January.

“Most of the time, it’s someone finding the rock in their darkest time,” she told WRAL News before she lost her battle with cancer in January.

“I saw a newscast where you had done about her painting rocks, and she was happy and her children were happy,” Garrett said. “And that hit me. That’s it. That’s what I need to do.”

Following Linden’s lead, Garrett and her loved ones started painting rocks, and they decided to hold a fundraiser for NET cancer research.

She recalls being inspired by Linden’s effort.

“What she gave to me was one thing: To remember to smile again and to try to do something good for someone else,” Garrett said.

While they were in an online chat room together, Garrett never got a chance to meet Linden.

But Garrett said she believes Linden’s legacy will live on through her rock tributes.

“That affected me and changed me,” Garrett said. “And it doesn’t just give me something to do, it feels good to do good for other people.”