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Aunt Jean’s Story

Published on May 12, 2020 in Share Your Story

Why do I Head to the Hill? For wonderful people like my Aunt Jean. As a little girl, I was inspired by my intelligent, vivacious Aunt Jean. Upon first meeting Jean I was so impressed that she soon became the heroine of my adventure stories! Here was a woman who aced Chemistry and became a medical researcher. Who could ask for a better role model? Today thanks to advances in brain tumor research she continues to inspire others.

Personally, I am grateful that a resource like the National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) exists. NBTS provides the resources and support that people like Jean and her family need. As a result of NBTS’ advocacy, my aunt is cancer free! That’s because past funding enabled scientists and researchers to make progress in the field of brain tumor research. Specifically, the data gathered from clinical trials using target treatments and immunological therapy. Aunt Jean values the evidence that clinical trials provide. Throughout her career at Abbott Laboratories her team conducted clinical trials which led to innovative technology and medicine for people with Diabetes.

Jean McNamara Ward continues to positively impact the lives of many people. Thanks to Aunt Jean I had a roof over my head while attending college in Massachusetts. Her encouragement was the difference between long hours at the library and throwing in the towel. As a result, I have had a career as an educator that spans 19 years. My Aunt is a multi-faceted woman. When she entered our lives she became an endearing Aunt, super stepmother, faithful wife. However, she is also a wonderful daughter, sister and exemplary employee. In General, Aunt Jean is everyone’s best buddy!

Opinions expressed within this story belong solely to the author and do not reflect the views or opinions of the National Brain Tumor Society.

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