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Jacqueline’s Story

“Where There Is No Struggle, There Is No Strength.”

The Jacqueline Shearer Memorial Fund is established in honor of an amazing, compassionate and gracious young woman. During her eleven and a half year battle with a recurrent brain tumor, she faced many challenges and hardships with courage and determination. Her incredible attitude and spirit has left a lasting impression on everyone who knew her.

Jacqueline named the brain tumor that ultimately took her life “Dale.”  Nobody is sure exactly how long Dale had been with Jacqueline, but she was diagnosed two weeks before her eleventh birthday.  As serious as Dale was, Jacqueline always found a way to make the best of her situation.  She was a true warrior, always reassuring those around her that she was not scared and that she would never back down.

Jacqueline underwent 7 surgeries, 3 rounds of radiation, and over 10 different chemotherapy regimens.  When asked what treatment she wanted next, Jacqueline always chose the most aggressive path with no concern of what side effects were to come. She fought through each recurrence and the accompanying side effects with the most amazing positive attitude and determination.  In spite of all the efforts of her team of doctors and nurses at Children’s National Medical Center she passed away on October 24, 2012.

Jacqueline fought for her life, but more importantly she fought for the right to be a normal kid.  During those eleven and a half years of ups and downs she found strength in her friends and family, but it was her show horses Little D and Eli who truly helped her push through.  She was a fierce competitor, and against all odds competed at a national level, finishing second in the 2008 Pennsylvania National Horse Show.  Whether it was facing a risky brain surgery or a large horse jump, Jac took it head on without thinking twice.  She was truly fearless, and in those moments when she was competing with her horses, she was a normal kid doing what she loved.

Through the course of her battle, it became very obvious to Jacqueline that there were many other children and young adults in a similar situation to hers.   She often worried about the patients and their family’s ability to get the best possible treatment available.  With this fund, Jacqueline’s legacy will live on by providing financial assistance, resources and support to children and young adults in their battle with cancer.

 


 Support The Jacqueline Shearer Memorial Fund!

The Jacqueline Shearer Memorial Fund aims to help young adults with the many challenges of their cancer diagnosis and treatment. This Fund was started by Jacqueline’s family as a tribute to her amazing strength and courage during her eleven and a half year battle with a recurrent brain tumor. Jacqueline’s legacy will live on through this Fund by providing:
  • A Patient Navigation program that directly supports young adults and their families at Children’s National Medical Center through programs, resources, and events; and
  • A patient assistance fund that provides limited financial assistance for children and young adult patients (up to 40 years of age) with significant financial needs during their cancer treatment in specified areas.
  • Two scholarships for degree seeking applicants who demonstrate financial need and reside in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. Learn more about our scholarships here.

 

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Or, if you wish to donate by mail follow the instructions below:
Send a check made payable to Ulman Cancer Fund/Jac’s Fund to:
The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults | 1215 E Fort Ave, Ste. 104 | Baltimore, MD 21230

Please include a note indicating that the donation is for this Fund.


 

Patient Assistance

One of the objectives of the Jacqueline Shearer Memorial Fund is to provide limited financial assistance for children and young adult patients (up to 40 years of age) with significant financial needs during their cancer treatment. There are specific eligibility requirements for assistance. Please click the button below to learn more about the eligibility requirements or to apply.

 

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