I walk to honor my late grandmother, Verna Jugenheimer, who battled cancer for more than half her life, and yet refused to be defined by her illness and lived a full well-lived life, passing at age 88.
My grandmother was a fighter. Born smaller than her twin sister, Verna was put in a shoebox and set aside near the family’s cookstove while the doctor attended to the baby with better odds. Verna proved her resiliency that day in 1914, growing into a vibrant, healthy child and active young adult. She married the love of her life, whom she partnered with to run a successful dairy farm in Iowa. As a young mother, Verna survived Breast Cancer, Hysterectomy and Rheumatic Fever—all with a positive attitude and strong will to carry on. While never defined by her afflictions, Verna would bravely battle cancer for more than forty years, always putting others before herself and serving as a strong role model and anchor for the family.
I am taking on this challenge to honor my grandmother’s legacy and will walk 60 miles over three days starting September 8, 2023. To demonstrate my commitment to finding a cure for breast cancer, I have pledged $2,300 in donations. Please use the link below to help me reach my goal. Thank you!