Jackie is a happy, kind, beautiful 15 year old teenager. We are so grateful to have her here with us tonight. On New Year's Eve 2008 she was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma. Osteo is a rare form of bone cancer that is found mostly in boys. Jackie didn't experience a lot of pain, she didn't complain. However, when the pain begin to worsen we took her to a doctor who suggested an xray. We were sure it was growing pains. We were wrong. It was cancer. She was never sick, she was an athlete and she was ours. This wasn't supposed to happen. Not to us. Jacklyn had to endure round after round of chemo before her limb salvage surgery. Her entire femur was removed and replaced with a titanium rod. After surgery she had to have about 15 more rounds of chemo and then each of her lungs had to be operated on because she had metastatic disease. Jackie had to learn to walk again, learn how to live with her new limitations - no more softball, no more bike riding, no more wave surfing. She did, it's hard but she did it. She doesn't understand though why this has to happen at all. Why do kids have to suffer with this horrible disease. Its a disease that forever changes who you are. It changes families forever. We don't ask for it, and there is nothing we can do but fight and work towards a cure. –Jackie's mom
*Osteosarcoma is an aggressive bone tumor that begins in immature bone cells that do not develop into normal bone cells. It is the most common form of pediatric bone cancer, and is typically found in the leg bones, (primarily around the knee), but can be found in arm, shoulder, or other bones, and on rare occasion, outside the bone. There is no known cure for recurrence.