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Brittanie Penrose's 2010 message in a bottle reaches Guam high school student

Guam students found a message in a bottle from a Utah woman suffering from cancer in 2010.

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KATE STANTON, UPI.com

Brittanie Penrose, of Salt Lake City, Utah., was 24 years old in 2010 when she tossed a message in a bottle into the Pacific Ocean. Penrose was battling brain cancer at the time and wrote the letter encouraging its finders to write to her.

"I just described me and what I'm doing, and at the time I was a phlebotomist and was fighting cancer," Penrose told the Deseret News. “I totally forgot all about it,” she told Pacific Daily News.

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Just last weekend, the bottle washed up on the southern shore of Guam, where it was picked up by 14-year-old George Washington High School student Javier Sanchez.

Sanchez showed his discovery to his biology teacher Linda Tatreau, who often uses bottled messages as part of lesson plans about ocean currents. They contacted Penrose, now 27 years old and cancer-free.

"I was just in total shock," Penrose said. "I was like, ‘Is this real? This can't be happening.'"

Aaron Lanari, Penrose's friend, encouraged her to write the letter and contributed some of his own lyrics.

“I’m stoked that this turned out to be such a happy event for so many people,” Lanari said. “I’m glad to be a part of it.”

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