Jenn was getting a pedicure in 2013 when she was pregnant with her first child. During that pedicure, the nail tech discovered a pea-sized nodule on top of her right foot. She had a physician check it, only to be told it was a ganglion cyst. In 2014, while pregnant with her second child, that pea-sized nodule grew to a golf ball size mass.
Post-delivery of her second child, she was scanned and biopsied, only to show the mass was benign. Surgery to remove the mass was still recommended due to the size and location of the mass. On December 3, 2014 the mass was removed. Pathology went on to prove that this benign cyst was actually not benign, but a low-grade myxoid sarcoma.
Due to the location, a second surgery to ensure clean margins was not an option, so she chose to be watched. She went on to have scans of her right foot and lungs as recommended for the next 3 years. She remained clear until January 2, 2018 when scans revealed the cancer had returned as a thin layer on top of her entire right foot. After seeking multiple opinions, amputation was the only option to give her the best chance at a cancer-free life.
On March 7, 2018 Jenn did a Facebook live video requesting friends and family to move for her and those who physically can’t on her surgery date (March 12, 2018). This request became a movement. So, on March 12, Jenn became cancer free, and the social media world flooded with #moveforjenn and #movebecauseyoucan posts globally, sharing all forms of exercise in honor of her and others who were unable. This movement led her to realize that being an amputee, and someone who wanted to remain active, would be difficult without ample means of funding. Most insurance providers will only cover one prosthetic per person, if that.
Jenn’s mission of helping other sarcoma amputees was born when she and her husband, Miles, realized the financial burden of being a young, and active amputee. Everyone should have the right to be active and/or run. Child or adult. Jenn and Miles plan to help ease that financial burden for as many individuals as they can.