The Jaimeson Jones Memorial Scholarship is dedicated to providing financial support to students whose sibling had cancer, and to saving young men's lives by educating about the signs and symptoms of testicular cancer.
Testicular cancer is the #1 cancer of men ages 15-35. It is 95% curable, when caught early. Bothell 9th grader Jaimeson Jones' cancer wasn't, because he was too embarrassed to tell his family about his painful symptoms for over a year. As a result, his cancer was diagnosed at Stage IV and had metastasized all the way to his neck. After grueling treatment and many surgeries, he went into remission, stayed there for four years, and then recurred while a freshman in college. He died at age 20 in 2010.
Besides being emotionally devastating, having a child with cancer wreaks havoc on a family's finances. The great majority of bankruptcies are caused by medical bills, and cancer is financially devastating even when a family has health insurance.
Cancer also is emotionally damaging to the siblings of the sick child, whose parents often must be mainly focused on the child with cancer. If the sick child dies, the siblings left behind are bereft of not only their brother or sister but also of their parents, because all survivors are changed forever when a child dies.
Upon his death, Jaimeson left his college savings to his two younger sisters, and our mission was born. Please join us. Our scholarship is funded by the annual Family Jewels 5K in March, and by our generous sponsors.