Angie has been a volunteer for the Jaymie Jamison Foundation for Hope since the beginning. When asked why she volunteers for the Foundation Angie says "I could have been a victim if this cancer, Jaymie's story touched my heart and this cause is close to my heart."
Angie also was diagnosed with cervical cancer at 18. She had 3 different procedures, and was told she'd never have kids. She is here today with her 3 children!
Angie's favorite event is Panties Across the Bridge.
Anna is Jaymie's sister-in-law, a Foundation member and heads up the volunteer department for the Foundation. Anna was interviewed about why she feels volunteering for the Jaymie Jamison Jamison is important. Anna talked about why she volunteers, "Not only is the JJFH a great organization to volunteer for, but I also volunteer to help spread awareness. It is amazing to see how the community lacks the knowledge of gynecological cancers, so therefore, it is important to me to educate people about the different types of cancers and the signs and symptoms they need to be aware of and help make a difference in someone's life. I always tell people "YOU KNOW YOU BODY" if you think something is wrong then take action. "GO GET CHECKED""
Anna was asked why she feels the Foundation is important. She states," The foundation is important to me because Jaymie Jamison is my sister-in-law. My husbands sister and the aunt of our children. When she passed from a gynecological cancer, it was important to keep her name alive. And by this foundation it helps us remember her big heart and what she wanted for the community. Also with this foundation, it is so IMPORTANT to spread awareness about gynecological cancers so that another family doesn't have to go through what we all went through!"
Anna was asked about her favorite event. She said,"My favorite event is "Panties Across the Bridge" This event is the biggest awareness event that the foundation holds. Not only does it bring awareness, but it also makes you realize how many women and families are effected by a gynecological cancer. Panties Across the Bridge brings a variety of the communities together and share their stories. It is a FUN/family event and it will just get bigger and bigger!! "
Thanks Anna for all that you do to raise awareness for gynecological cancers.
January is cervical cancer awareness month. Each day this month we are going to share a different woman's story with cervical cancer. Please focus on their symptoms. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms please see your Dr immediately. Early detection saves lives.
On this 1st day of January we will naturally begin with Jaymie's story.
Jaymie had not been to see her gynecologist in 3 years. She had not had a yearly pap or screening. Jaymie's first symptom was spotting between periods and pelvic pain. After this continued she began to have bleeding during intercourse. Later she began to have a foul smelling discharge, that at times would gush. Jaymie confused this symptom with possibly being a sign for a bladder issue. Jaymie's abdominal pain continued to increase and she began to feel something in side of her. At this point Jaymie went to her Dr. The "something inside her" was her tumor. Jaymie was
Diagnosed with cervical cancer.
Jaymie had a hysterectomy and began chemo and radiation treatment. Jaymie experienced complications and it was found her cancer had spread. Jaymie fought with more chemo. Jaymie fought, and fought hard. Jaymie lost her battle to cervical cancer 10 months after her diagnoses.
Jaymie lived everyday to the fullest. She left behind her 4 beautiful children; Hope, Alexia, Madison and JET. She was 34 years old.
Jaymie wanted others to be aware of this disease, as she did not know anything about it. You don't hear much or anything about cervical cancer. We are here to change that! Please share our blog with your friends and family so we ALL know the symptoms of cervical cancer. Early detection is key to ending cervical cancer deaths!
Kim has been a volunteer for the Jaymie Jamison Foundation for Hope since the beginning as she has a personal connection with Jaymie. Kim's daughter married Jaymie's brother, but also had a friendship before hand :-).
Kim was interviewed about why she volunteers for the Foundation. She replied," I volunteered for the Jaymie Jamison foundation to spread gynecological cancer awareness to my family, friends and to others to make a difference in their lives. But not only was Jaymie a long-time friend of mine, but importantly she became my family when my daughter Anna married her brother Cole."
Kim describes why she feels our Organization is important, "The Foundation has given me the opportunity to get involved in our community as well as for myself to learn more about gynecological cancer. I never really understood what this type of cancer was about until I became involved with the Foundation."
When asked about her favorite event Kim says," My favorite event has been the ‘Panties Across The Bridge’ this is a great way to spread the word about – what is ‘The Jaymie Jamison Foundation’ and our mission is for educating women to be aware of this type of cancer."
This amazing lady is Jaymie's aunt, Cheryl's sister. Ginger has been part of our awareness committee, playing a large part in attending health fairs and representing the Foundation and helping to spread awareness for gynecological cancers.
Ginger was asked why she volunteers for the Jaymie Jamison Foundation for Hope. She replied, "Well, of course the main reason is because Jaymie was my niece and we all really miss her. It helps to do something to try to make sense of her death and to try to make sure we get the word out to as many women as we can to save others the pain we are feeling. Since we started the foundation my reasons have evolved and I just want to save women, sisters, children, aunts and mothers from this disease."
She was asked why she feels thebFoundation is important. She said, "The foundation is important because we can make women aware of the cost of neglecting themselves. This disease is deadly and when I look at our Wall of Angels, Fighters and Survivors I realize that it is taking so many young women. We can't give up or get tired or bored, we have to get out there and fight for women. Jaymie would have been proud of what we are doing!"
Ginger was asked what her favorite event is. She said "What is your favorite event?
I would have to say that Panties Across the Bridge is my favorite event, but the luncheon comes in a close second."
Thanks Ginger for all you do to spread awareness for gynecological cancer awareness!
Can you believe it is December already? That means we are roughly 7 months from Panties Across the Bridge! The date is set for July 12, 2014 at the Purple People Bridge in Newport, KY. Can you believe this will be the 4th annual event? Where does time go!?
We have been busy planning for the 4th Annual event and we need YOUR help!!
We are needing you to collect any types of freebies for our raffle booth. You know the things you receive in the mail and won't use (detergent, make-up, water bottles, lotions, etc). We can place these in the raffle boxes to expand the variety, as you know everyone is a winner 😉.
We are looking for donations for the raffle as well. Please contact Shannon at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like letters to try and secure donations for the Foundation.
We are in need of panties :-). Schedule your panty parties now with your girlfriends! Decorate them and make them your own! Bring them to the bridge OR mail them to us to hang. You may mail them to:
PO Box 147
We are currently looking for Bridge sponsors! We will be lighting the Bridge teal again this year, and are in need of lighting sponsors. If you would like to help in securing sponsorship for the 2014 Bridge event please email Shannon at email@example.com.
We are looking for celebrity autographed panties!!!! Mail a pair to a celebrity! Try and get them autographed at football or baseball games!
We have a band line up in the works! Bands to include: Hope Jamison, Jordan Jackson, Noah Smith, and Spearpoint.
Looking forward to Panties Across the Bridge 2014!!!
Meet our volunteer in the spotlight: Chelsea Lovett!!
Chelsea has been volunteering for the Jaymie Jamison Foundation for Hope from the beginning of the organization in 2011. When asked why she volunteers Chelsea replied, "I volunteer for the Jaymie Jamison Foundation for Hope not only because I knew Jaymie, but because it's an opportunity to be a vessel of information to others. Gynecological cancers are still deemed unmentionable because the word 'vagina' is still stigmatized in our society. The Foundation has given me the opportunity to let others know that is okay to talk about gynecological matters. Speaking and knowing about these cancers create knowledge in others, and thus encourage prevention and awareness. That is why Panties Across the Bridge is my favorite event. What better way to let the public know and realize that gynecological cancers are still cancers. They effect people in the same way any other cancers do. PATB gives everyone involved with the Foundation the opportunity to create an awareness in someone, which may in turn save someone's life..and that's all that matters."
Thanks Chelsea for all that you do for our organization!