Cancer. The word stops you dead in your tracks. For Jenn Andrews, the word ignited a flame to create a foundation to ensure that fellow sarcoma patients would not find themselves isolated and alone. The Move For Jenn Foundation helps this rare subgroup of cancer patients get access to necessary medical equipment to ensure that they keep moving forward.
The Move For Jenn Foundation ends 2019 on a high note by issuing a grant to their first pediatric cancer survivor, 15-year old Harleigh Spartman. "I knew I would never be able to afford it for her," Angela [Harleigh's mother] said. "And I'm just so happy. That's the only thing she hasn't been able to conquer-- is running. And she wants to run so bad."
Since Jenn lost her right foot and lower leg to sarcoma 21 months ago, she has been an idol in the cancer community, representing amputee fitness and sarcoma survivors worldwide. As an amputee woman, her goal is to encourage other amputees and give them hope that despite the hardship of losing a limb, they can recover, move on successfully, and resume life with the help of prosthetic solutions.
The Move For Jenn Foundation was able to put its mission into motion at the Pajamas All Day 5k!Since starting their non-profit, Miles & Jenn Andrews have granted a number of prosthetics to amputees who have lost limbs, and encourage everyone to go for a run, walk, or anything active if it meansmoving because you can.
Adam-12 Boardman, a longtime nationally-heard radio broadcaster and podcaster (and newly-minted Charlottean!), will be helping out the Move For Jenn Foundation by running through the woods this winter! The further he goes, the more money we can raise for the cause! Please consider making a pledge for this great event and cause. Thank you!
The whole Andrews crew got to talk about their upcoming 5K race on Good Day Charlotte! Are you signed up for the Pajamas All Day 5K to raise funds to fight sarcoma and help cancer amputees get active again? If not, sign up today! Did we mention that amputees RUN FOR FREE?
Being a 2-time cancer survivor and an amputee is not always about empowering posts, challenging myself, smiles and running blades. Honestly, writing out that sentence doesn’t seem real. How can that actually be a description of my life? There are parts of this process that are still really hard.
Since being thrown into the world of amputation and prosthetics in 2018, I have learned so much and have met so many amazing amputees along the way. I wanted to use my story to make a difference. Prior to my amputation, I didn’t know a single person who had been through an amputation. My journey wasn’t easy, but no one said it would be.
I was diagnosed in 1990 at the age of 12, I was in 6th grade. My diagnosis was osteosarcoma of my lower femur bone. I was given a 50/50 chance of survival and was placed on a clinical trial of high dose chemotherapy for 2 months, then surgery to remove ⅔ of my femur bone, then another year plus of chemotherapy.
The Move For Jenn Foundation is lucky to have the support from a number of sponsors for our upcoming first annual Pajamas All Day 5K eventthat will be hosted on November 2nd, 2019. We’d like to highlightLincoln Financial Groupfor their generous contribution of becoming our Title Sponsor. They have been a pleasure to partner with for this event, and love giving back to the community.
A cancer diagnosis is a life-changing experience and takes us on a journey. Everyone’s journey has a unique story, and there really isn’t any “right” way to face cancer. For this month’s featured Sarcoma Survivor story, we chose to highlight Lauren Harback from Johnson City, TN. The Move For Jenn Foundation recently issued a grant to Lauren which included a running blade, knee, and socket.