While a senior at Boston College University, Mooney discovered a lump in her left breast. During her annual health exam a nurse practitioner assured her that, without a family history and at her age, she had nothing to worry about. Six months later and one week after graduating with her international relations degree, Mooney sought a second opinion and was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer that had already metastasized to her liver. She was twenty-one years old and was given a 16 percent chance of celebrating her 30th birthday. Since then, Mooney has undergone continual aggressive chemotherapy and a lumpectomy. During this time she began as a volunteer for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, initially stuffing envelopes to get out of the house and raised millions for the cause. She spoke at colleges and universities across the U.S. and was featured in Teen Vogue and on Lifetimetv.com. She served on the Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s National Young Women’s Advisory Council a group created in part to focus on the Young Women’s Initiative, originated and driven by the Val Skinner Foundation and LIFE.
Bridget passed away in early April of 2013. A eulogy delivered at her funeral mass can be read here.