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Jen first found a lump in her breast on a cool September day in 2013 while playing with her 3-year old son. Her doctors found it was benign. But five months later, she found another lump, this time it was a very aggressive form of breast cancer, two tumors barbelled together.

She was given six months to live. Her doctors moved quickly, she endured a year and a half of chemotherapy, seven more weeks of radiation, entered into a study trial, and has had to stay on estrogen blockers changing her complete hormone makeup to fight this deadly disease. Her doctor’s care and her positive tenacity is likely lead to the reason she’s beat the odds and is still here with us six years later.

She continues to be treated for metastatic cancer, and like many of the families we help, her cancer is considered a chronic health condition. She manages treatments, she continues to work while also managing the day-to-day events that come with raising a little boy with a smile on her face and with a hand out to help others she meets along the way.

She was first introduced to The Singletons by her good friend Maureen, another single mother with cancer. It is often through other cancer patients that people come to us. Many times we hear that they have reached out to several resources, only to not get a return phone call. We hear this time and time again from families who are grateful to have a community to count on to be there.

Though it’s been a hard year, she brings an optimistic presence to The Singletons and even volunteers as often as she can. Jen’s family is one of the 42 families that were adopted for the holidays though our Singletons Santa program, and we are humbled to be able to provide these services once again for her and her family. She is the reason we continue to reach out to community partners, ask for donations, find better ways of doing things so we can help more families like hers. Jen inspires us to continue to take things one day at a time and fight like hell.

Jen, thank you for being part of The Singletons community and for all of the positive things you and Mason bring into our lives. We are so grateful to be considered a second family to you.