ALL ABOARD the JTRAIN!!!
My name is Linda Smith McCormack, and I’m a proud member of Team JTRAIN, a team started in honour of our young friend, Jenna (Stokes) Ceretti.
It was a year ago in June when Jenna tragically lost her beautiful, young life to a metastisis of an insidious disease known as Ovarian Cancer.
Jenna was a vibrant, fun-loving, and caring person who was always smiling and enjoying time with those she loved.
Jenna is the late daughter of Mike and Karie (Langille) Stokes, sister of Tara (Taylor) Corporon, and granddaughter of Dave and Bev (Chase) Langille, and the late Marvin and Mary (Bulmer) Stokes, most of whom I’ve known most of my life or theirs (Tara, Taylor and Emery); naturally, our connection makes their heartaches mine.What Jenna named her ”happy place” is the same beach my family and I are privileged to enjoy every summer, next door to her maternal grandparents and parents, and where Jenna and her husband, Nigel spent many happy years.
Sadly, Jenna was only married for a very short time when she was informed of her terrifying illness. She and Nigel lived in the home Jenna had bought that faced the majestic Tantramar Marshes that sit quietly next to Sackville - she was a hometown kind of gal and obviously loved her life. She had a bright future and dreams to fulfill.
Jenna also loved her career as an ICU nurse and a special kind of monument now speaks to the level of respect her employer, colleagues and patients had for her. You can find it in the garden of the Amherst Regional Hospital. Events, whether they’re casual and private or formal and public, and other beautiful objects seem to pop up everywhere in remembrance of Jenna. I am not at all surprised.
Her incredible group of best friends, some of whom I first met as my students, and others through their summer pilgrimages to the beach at Ann’s Acres, are now married with children, careers, and busy lives; however, that doesn’t stop this group of special women! They have made time to do far more than support their friend in such a horrific experience; they continue to honour her life by not only leading the charge in Team JTrain’s annual participation in the Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope, but through canvassing personal sponsors, and also hosting local events to raise funds for Ovarian Cancer Canada.
In June, 2018, a terrible disease brought a sorrowful end to this wonderful human being’s sweet life. Like far too many other women who have been given this diagnosis, Ovarian Cancer robbed dear Jenna of the joy of more time spent with her loving family, a brand new niece, Emery, her husband, Nigel, and the best group of friends you have ever witnessed! Amy, Megan, Rebecca, and Victoria, just to name her “besties”, were the cars of the all-important JTrain! Today, they share their conductor’s role. They aren’t alone though; there are many more who are part of a group of people dedicated to no one ever forgetting the impact of Jenna’s life upon theirs and others! I am proud to say I’m one of them.
So many people were stricken by Jenna’s illness and continue to experience a depth of immeasurable heartache every day. Life will never be the same for those once light-hearted people.
It comes as no surprise that Jenna has left an indelible mark on all of us. What I believe to be Jenna’s legacy of facing hardship with positivity and perseverance, and living life to its fullest, will never fade with the obvious love of family and friends firmly in place.
I hope you’ll consider jumping on the JTRAIN as we offer support to Ovarian Cancer Canada for future research initiatives; for scientists delving into a disease that lacks so much understanding; public awareness, so women recognize the quiet symptoms of this deadly disease; those discovering a means of early detection, and finally, everything culminating in successful treatment protocols and with hope, someday a cure. One hundred percent of funds raised go directly to the initiatives of Ovarian Cancer Canada. Will you please jump on the Jtrain and help us bring hope to those affected by Ovarian Cancer through a donation?
With Jenna’s spirit in mind and heart, I say to you, the more the merrier! Please join our team this Sunday if you’d like to show your support through participation in the Walk of Hope. The event begins on Sept. 8th at 12:00 P.M. in Mapleton Park in Moncton, N.B. It’s a fantastic gathering and one that allows all of us to carry the torch for Jenna (or is it coal for the JTrain?)!
And one last thing. With less than a handful of sleeps left before the Walk, and with memories of Jenna’s beautiful smile and her enthusiasm and love for anything fun, I can quite easily imagine her calling out loud and clear,...
TEAM JTRAIN, ... ALL ABOARD!!!
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