This has been the experience of a lifetime and I can not WAIT to get into Toronto tomorrow!!!!

Anyways, this is something that really needs to be talked about. In 2013 I almost lost my best friend, my role model, my light in the dark days, yes; my mom. She stared her battle with breast cancer in a hopeful mindset but there is something about the word “cancer” that can make it seem a million times worse. She is 100% the strongest woman I have ever met and I will forever idolize her, if I can grow up to be half the woman she is then I know I’m doing something right.

When I lost my dad in 2004, at the time I didn’t realize because I was so young but my life had just been changed forever. I would grow up without a dad to teach me how to ride a bike, teach me how to play baseball, or pick me up when I fell down. I would have this hole in my heart that would forever be empty, or so I thought.

My mom didn’t think so, she was the one to teach me how to ride a bike, play baseball, and when  I fell she picked me up and hugged me until my tears were gone. She will forever be the reason I am the person I am today, she gave me the strength to keep going. So, after losing my dad at such a young age, when my mom got sick it became so much more real to me that I could lose her too.

After two years of Chemotherapy, mastectomy, and reconstruction she is in remission. She is as healthy as a horse now and has more energy than me most days, I’m not sure where it comes from. But never the less, she still surprises me everyday with her strength and compassion, this is where my platform was started.

Being only 13 years old, I always involved myself in anything that had to do with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation or Breast Cancer Awareness. My mom and I use to attend Zumba, a dance/exercise class together until she got sick; a “Party In Pink” was then organized which is a fundraiser for breast cancer. My aunts and myself danced our hearts out in support for my mom, she had always done everything for us, it was our turn to do something for her.

After I was crowned MTNL 2017, it became easier to reach  events regarding this platform, like the “Pink In The Rink” fundraiser. This was the Under 12 Female Provincial Hockey Tournament held in Stephenville. I got the incredible honor to attend the opening ceremonies and drop the puck to signify the opening of the tournament and represent my mom as a breast cancer survivor. The ceremony was absolutely beautiful as it was emotional but it was amazing to see the sea of pink clothes and decorations in the stands around me.

MTNL also gives me the incredible honor to attend the CIBC Run For The Cure on October 1st, 2017 in St. Johns, NL. I will be handing flowers to all breast cancer survivors as they cross the finish line- I know, I could cry just thinking about it.

Breast Cancer Awareness has always been something I’m incredibly passionate about, even before it became a “platform”. From “Party in Pink” to the “Relay for Life”, I’ve always been as involved as possible because it is something that is important to me. Without my mom catching her cancer at the time she did, my life could have turned out completely differently, catching it early is the most important part. From giving yourself self examinations to getting a mammogram regularly, it is all so incredibly important. I would not be where I am right now if my moms fight went differently, so it is beyond important the word be spread so someone else’s mom, daughter, sister, family member can have the same positive outcome as my mom did.

This is why this blog post is coming now, where I am leaving for Toronto in a couple of hours I wanted to officially say I’ve decided, based on the overwhelming support from my sponsors that the $480.00 I fund-raised from one of my 649 draws will be donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

I will be keeping the donation until October 1st when I attend the CIBC Run for the Cure where I will present it to them in hopes that this will remind someone to be preventative and give them a chance of a positive outcome.

Thank you guys beyond words for the support I’ve received on this journey, I couldn’t have done it without you.

Love Jess xoxo

Written by: Jessica

30 Responses to My Platform!!!

  1. Betty Murphy says:

    Jessica, Your words continue to amaze me!

  2. Joanne Rose says:

    What a wonderful compliment to your mom and an excellent way to bring the importance of breast health, screening and the benefits of early detection. Thanks for using this platform to bring attention to this vital women’s health issue.

  3. Debbie wells says:

    Very well said, Jessica. A touching loving tribute to your mother who is ,as you say, one of the strongest women we know. Your story is an inspiration to other young girls. Good job.

  4. Andy says:

    All I can say is WOW!

    Love you.


  5. Michelle O'Quinn says:

    Such a beautiful tribute to your mommy you are a true inspiration and spokesperson for breast cancer awareness.

  6. Ashley Fitzgerald says:

    Jessica, you sure are blessed to have your sweet mother. We are so proud of you both ❤️

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  8. Mechele Scott says:

    Jesica, I have been a friend of your moms since early school age and she has always been the kind of person you describe and know her to be…you are very much like her!!! We are all so very happy for your mom’s strength and pray that her battles are behind her; and so proud of you in the accomplishments you have achieved at such a young age!!! All the best this week – enjoy every minute and know that we are all rooting for you

  9. Jill Benoit says:

    Congratulations Jessica! And Good Luck! Love your blog entry, very touching and emotional. Have fun!!!!!

  10. Linda and Henry Skinner says:

    Great job Jessica! So proud of our beautiful and talented granddaughter! Good luck, love you!

  11. Joanne Howlett says:

    Your mom sure is an amazing woman! She certainly is an awesome role model and it is great that you realize that too . Best of luck to you !!

  12. Cheryl Hayden says:

    Beautifully written Jessica! Your mama is an inspiration to all of us! So are you 🙂 pillars of strength and determination!! Enjoy every minute of this amazing experience!!

  13. Anita McCann says:

    Beautifully said Jessica, your Mom is a inspirational woman to so many, a strong roll model for sure. Best of luck, and enjoy every minute!

  14. Faye Crerar says:

    Beautifully said, Jessica.

  15. Melanie says:

    So heartfelt, so touching Jess You are mature beyond your years, so honest and inspirational. To talk about breast cancer awareness is so important and shows your inner strength. You certainly have acquired special qualities from your mom which has made you into the strong, beautiful, smart and talented young woman you are today. Couldn’t be more proud of you and wish you all the luck in the world!

  16. Martha wall says:

    Omg Jessica like your mom you have also blossomed into a wonderful Young lady. Your platform piece was beautiful. Best of luck n be proud of yourself you deserve it. Love martha

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