• Jackie - Family

    Jackie - Family

Wage Hope to end pancreatic cancer

In February, 2002 Jackie got the news, a tumor on your pancreas. 13 weeks from that diagnosis she was gone. The survival rate is just 7%, not good. Working with the pancreatic cancer action network has been my way to honor my mother. She was the volunteer who never quit giving. With six children and a full time job she managed to be the President of our high school parent support team, Cardinal Mothers. She and my Dad worked the bingo games, organized the annual banquet and made pre-game snacks. When they left Ohio to move to Florida she became head of the Legal Secretaries Association, was a Guardian ad Litem and and Lector at All Saints Church. With Dad they worked the annual carnival at All Saints and were members of the Sunshiners, the senior volunteers. She was amazing, never ever stopped until this disease stopped her. Two weeks after her 65 birthday she left us with a hole in our heart that needed to be filled. My own personal way to fill it is to do what she did. Volunteer for an organization that is taking serious steps to improve the outcome of this devastating diagnosis. To let people know that you can survive, to create awareness and to fund research that will change the 7% survival rate. Proud to be the only daughter of this amazing woman, gone too soon and never, ever forgotten.

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