About a month ago, we received the gut wrenching news that Jamie’s Breast Cancer is back and it is Stage Four. After battling this once before, we were all in a state of shock and disbelief. We have screamed, cried, hugged each other, pet dogs, watched tacky Lifetime movies, ran, sat in silence and screamed again. We picked ourselves up, dusted ourselves off and now we are ready to fight our asses off for Jamie. I am starting this page to ask you to join the fight.
Jamie has been sacrificing for others for many years. She has served as a role model, protector, friend and parental figure my entire life. When she was a teenager, she gave up her summers to look after my sister Laci and I. Jamie later pursued a teaching degree at Augsburg College and became a High School teacher. For seventeen years, she has devoted herself to inspiring, educating and advocating for disadvantaged youth. She has the rare ability to reach even the toughest kids through art, theater, laughter and common ground. She never passes judgement, but rather finds the strength in each student and uses it to raise them up. I have never in my life met anyone like my sister Jamie. Her abilities are profound and it is in all of our best interests to keep her with us as long as possible. Her work here is far from done.
Jamie is a very proud and private person. We come from a family of hard workers. We were taught to bust our asses and fend for ourselves. She is very unlikely to ask for help, but I know that she needs it right now. I am all the way in California and this fundraiser is the hug that I so desperately want to wrap her in.
While her insurance covers a good chunk of the medical costs, the procedures are extremely expensive and it’s a big financial hit to her family. Jamie has been chosen for a new Cancer drug trial and it’s very exciting. She is the only subject in the test group because it requires that the person be otherwise in perfect health. If you know Jamie, you know that she is an avid runner, non-smoker, non-drinker and takes extremely good care of herself (how in the shit does she have Cancer??). You can trust that Jamie is putting everything she has into getting better. She is pursuing every possible avenue to wellness, including holistic treatments and nutrition, neither of which are recognized by our insurance companies.
Please share this and contribute what you can. I understand that life is expensive and we all have financial burdens, but if a lot of people contribute even just a little, it will go a long way and mean the world to Jamie.
Send your prayers, send your vibes, do your thing. Let’s save my sister.