Follow the Leader: In Memory of Jackie

As many of you know, we selected National Brain Tumor Society to be the charity to receive 100% of the proceeds from the official Cancer Gets LOST auction, webcast and party. We chose the NBTS because of my very good friend Jackie, who passed away on August 3, 2012 after bravely battling brain tumors and cancer for four years.

We are more motivated than ever to honor Jackie’s memory by raising money for her charity of choice, and the generosity of everyone who has donated items is inspiring and overwhelming. This morning alone, en route to Jackie’s memorial service, I received an email that made me cry for two reasons: the sender of said email, and the potential value of the item being donated – because every cent of the winning bid (and every winning bid) goes directly to the NBTS. [Our charity auction, featuring rare and autographed TV/film memorabilia, opens tomorrow for bidding, and runs through August 29.]

DONATIONS & LIVE WEBCAST

For those of you who are interested in making contributions to the NBTS rather than (or in addition to) bidding on items in the auction, we kindly request that you do so on Saturday, August 25 during our live charity webcast. From noon-4pm PST, we will be interviewing LOST alum (producers/writers and actors), and the live stream will be open and online for all of you to watch!  If you make a donation directly to the NBTS during that time, note that it is for Cancer Gets LOST or Jackie O, and email your receipt to us – we will send you a little something in return. We appreciate your consideration in advance, as your contributions will go toward our overall fundraising total!

OPTIONS for donations:

National Brain Tumor Society

Jackie’s NBTS Memorial Campaign

Email receipts to: receipts[at]cancergetslost[dot]org

* Side note: I had the honor of speaking at Jackie’s service, and below is an excerpt that I felt was appropriate to share – to give further insight into the wonderful human being that inspired the creation of Cancer Gets LOST.

The great Jonathan Bon Jovi once said, “I just want to live while I’m alive.” No one exemplified that statement more than Jackie. After being diagnosed, she continued to work, without question or complaint. She also kayaked the rapids, traveled the world and partied like it was 1999. Forget Bon Jovi…JACKIE was a rock star.

When Jackie was in the office, great laughter flooded the hallways. She was magnetic; we were all drawn to this tall beauty with the magnificent eyes and smile. Jackie was effervescent, a major source of positive energy and surge of enthusiasm that affected and motivated us all. From girls’ weekends to company offsites, Jackie was the life of the party. She was the first on the dance floor, and if there wasn’t one – she’d create it.

One thing is clear: Jackie Oswold was LOVED, and knew how to love. Her joy, doled out to anyone within range, was in unlimited supply. I just wanted a bottle of her essence, of what she had to offer, both personally and professionally.

Jackie was an amazing woman; she wore her heart and determination proudly on her sleeve. She never curled up and quit. She fought with every ounce of her spirit and soul. Jackie was a warrior…a very sweet, very kind and very funny warrior who now sports a set of Cardinal and Gold USC-branded wings.

She has affected my life in a profound way, and made more of an impact in 33 years than most will in a lifetime. The brightest eyes in the sky belong to Jackie. They will continue to illuminate awareness and effect change from above. And we will all fondly remember and honor Jackie with love and humor. Just as she wanted.

-Jo

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3 Responses to Follow the Leader: In Memory of Jackie

  1. Bonnie Green says:

    Wonderful and moving tribute to your dear friend.

  2. Karen Mauro says:

    A lovely and moving tribute, indeed.

  3. Debby Branham says:

    A beautiful tribute, to a beautiful young woman. For Jackie, you fight on. Bless you Jo.

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