BY MEGAN ALLEN & AMY SMART
SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE POST
SACKVILLE, N.B. – Cancer.
Without a doubt, one of the nastiest six-letter words there ever was. It is a word that affects far too many people in this world. It is a disease that needs to be made history and Team JTrain is hoping to have a small part in doing just that.
December 2016 was a month that turned a lot of people’s worlds upside down, but specifically our adored friend Jenna Ceretti, a.k.a., The JTrain.
At the young age of 25, Jenna was just starting out in life. She was working as a nurse, was newly married and had her entire future ahead. That is, until she went to see a doctor because her stomach “just wasn’t feeling right.” Little did she know within a few days of that first appointment she would receive devastating news – she was diagnosed with Stage 4 ovarian cancer.
It was not long after that that Team JTrain was born, with Jenna at its lead. Jenna created Team JTrain with determination to raise as much awareness about ovarian cancer as she possibly could in hopes of preventing women from being given that same terrifying diagnosis she received. She also hoped to raise money to go toward research for earlier detection and, one day, a cure.
She recruited anyone and everyone she knew to join the team and to start spreading awareness. The amount of support Team JTrain has received over the last year and a half has been truly humbling to everyone involved, and we know for a fact that it meant a great deal to Jenna.
Jenna fought hard to raise awareness about ovarian cancer and fought even harder against the disease itself. Enduring an extensive surgery, countless treatments and some of the longest days and nights she had ever experienced, Jenna continued to fight and somehow managed to keep her same bubbly personality and beautiful smile we all loved so much, throughout it all.
The courage, strength and grace that she possessed during her battle was inspirational to say the least. However, heartbreakingly on June 27, 2018, Jenna lost her fight to cancer, leaving behind a huge void in the hearts of so many.
Although Jenna is no longer with us physically, she continues to be the driving force behind Team JTrain. Her memory will live on with us forever and that is something cancer will never be able to take away from us. She had said many times that “cancer messed with the wrong girl,” and as a team we intend to prove just that, in memory of one of the greatest individuals any of us ever had the pleasure of knowing.
Team JTrain welcomes anyone to join our team. We also encourage people to start their own teams. You can join our team or start a new one by going to the website www.ovariancancerwalkofhope.ca.
Let’s make cancer history.