STORIES OF MAKING LIFE BETTER FOR KIDS WITH CANCER
ASK Survivor Jessica East Shares Her Special Wedding Story
I was diagnosed in August 1997 with Stage 4 Wilm’s Tumor at the age of 5. I had to have a left nephrectomy, radiation and chemotherapy. ASK has always been what has held my family together; during and after my treatment.
Alma Morgan (ASK's Educational Consultant) has been the most constant person. She has been with my family every step of the way. I met Tom David when he became our ASK Chaplain. I instantly connected with his warmth.
Leslie Wright (ASK volunteer and former program coordinator) is the one who got me back into being an ASK kid after retreating from the group for a long time. It was difficult for me for a few years to want to be friends with any other survivors or patients as I had seen to many people have their cancer come back and pass away. Leslie was the one who pulled me back and I will always be grateful for it.
The three of them combined have been so supportive of me as I went through college, got my Master’s Degree, and started teaching. All while dating my now husband. They always asked how he was and made sure we were both doing well.
When Jamie proposed to me, I knew I wanted Tom David to officiate. He knew me better than my church pastor and obviously anyone from the courthouse would! I felt like my wedding day wouldn’t be complete if I did have Alma there, since she had seen me through the toughest part of my life; even if it did shape me into the person I am today. Leslie also needed to be there. She cares so much about people that aren’t even her own children and cared enough about me to always check up on me.
Leslie and Alma have also been checking up on me since my husband is currently deployed for the Navy. I am coming up on 20 years cancer free this coming May and I know that Alma, Leslie, and Tom David will support me for many more!
Congratulations to Jessica & Jamie and warmest wishes for a lifetime of happiness!