Wow! What an amazing week it has been for the Pink Out community! Seeing so many people show their support around town and in school has been very exciting. Each and every person who bought a shirt, made a donation, said a prayer – is demonstrating how much this community cares for our fighters and their family members. No effort is too small in achieving the mission that NO ONE FIGHTS ALONE!
The week is almost over, but for some, the fight is just beginning! You can support your neighbors through these donation methods.
Introducing the Honorees of Pink Out 2021
The Pink Out honoree video stories give you the opportunity to hear from them in their own words. Please watch and be encouraged! Also, you can check out the Jenison Pink Out Facebook Page to join the conversation and stay informed on Pink Out activities throughout the coming year.
Jamey Mc Leod
On February 20, 2019, Jamey was diagnosed with a high grade, stage 4 esophageal cancer that had metastasized to lymph notes in his chest. His caregivers would be his wife Beth, his 10-year-old daughter Vivian and his 8-year old daughter Francine, both of whom attend Pinewood Elementary. Jamey never thought about accepting his grim diagnosis as an option. He had a family that depended on him! No matter how bad the treatments or recovery would be, he stayed focused on the reason for his fight, telling himself that it will get better. Just don’t give up. Make future plans. Do crazy stuff. Have fun. Don’t be afraid to accept help (which was his biggest obstacle). Your friends, family, community, and Pink Out are there for you.
Jody has a remarkable and brave journey and is a big part of our Pink Out family. She is joined in her cancer journey by her husband, Brandon, and her three children: Alexis who graduated from Jenison in 2019, Dylan who is a JHS senior, and Eliza who is in fifth grade at Pinewood. Jody was diagnosed with rectal cancer in March 2017 (stage III), which progressed to stage IV Dec. 2019, and then diagnosed with Stage II non-small cell lung cancer Jan 2020, and basal cell carcinoma each year, for the last four years.
Jody has a beautiful perspective that comes with staring death in the face, “I GET TO.” I GET TO be here and enjoy the everyday tasks as well as fall in love with living. I GET TO savor each day I am here and enjoy my life journey. For Jody, life is a rollercoaster with the ups and downs, but in the end she is always smiling, sharing that “one is given the choice to succumb to this horrific disease or rise up and live. I choose to live, I’m not dying today.”
Jill and Emily Barnes
Emily graduated with honors from Jenison in 2018. On her 21st birthday, November 11, 2020, she was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic kidney cancer. She is currently undergoing immunotherapy treatments and could use our prayers, especially this week as she once again has scans to determine the effectiveness of her treatment. Jill Barnes, Emily’s mom, knows all too well the effect of cancer on your physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Jill was diagnosed with breast cancer on January 6, 2016 and had surgery one month later. Both she and Emily felt honored to discuss their cancer journey and have a chance to share their appreciation for Pink Out’s support and generosity. Jill states that, “Pink Out helps anyone with cancer, no matter what kind or how old you are. As the recipients of Pink Out support at several different times over the past four years, we have truly felt that No One Fights Alone in Jenison.” They know that Pink Out is always there to lift fighters up, spiritually and emotionally.
Dave Huyser and Brenda Jo Wierenga-Huyser are both 1984 graduates of Jenison High School. Their son, Zach Huyser graduated from Jenison in 2011 and daughters Kendra Huyser graduated in 2009, Heather Wierenga in 2011, and Holly Wierenga in 2013.
Dave Huyser’s first wife, Brenda Sue, was the first cancer fighter to be honored and supported by Jenison Pink Out. Although, Brenda Sue lost her battle with breast cancer, her legacy lives on through Pink Out. Dave allowed his heart to beat again, and in June of 2017 married Brenda Jo.
Unfortunately, cancer reared its ugly head again. In 2017 Dave was diagnosed with Follicular Lymphoma of the scalp which was treated with radiation treatments, and then this past September he was diagnosed with recurrent Stage 4 large b-cell abdominal lymphoma. He has undergone six cycles of continuous chemo for a week, every three weeks, with spinal chemo prior to each cycle. Dave and Brenda are deeply appreciative of the support that the Huysers felt from this community and Pink Out during Brenda Sue’s breast cancer journey. They have felt that same support now. They want everyone to know that God is in control. Life is short, so enjoy every minute, because it’s in His hands.
Kevin and Jeanette Clark raised three children, Justin who graduated from Jenison in 2003, Nick in 2006 and Monica in 2007. Jeanette has been a full-time employee and coach at JPS for 24 years. Their daughter-in-law, Julie, also teaches for Jenison Public Schools. Their children have blessed them with six young grandchildren.
Kevin was first diagnosed in 2015 with progressive prostate cancer. Kevin’s journey has been a very long and difficult one, but he has become very knowledgeable and strong along the way. Kevin is an exceptional listener who has become very dedicated to helping and supporting other men who have been recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. Kevin has shared time and again how deeply moved he and Jeanette have felt by the emotional support from our community through Pink Out. Kevin states that, “With calls, concerns, and gifts, it has helped people in our situation to feel like we’re not going through this alone. We are deeply grateful, and may God bless you.”
Jeanine Decker Jannereth
Jeanine began her battle with breast cancer about a year ago. Those by her side have been her husband, Chad, her daughter Cayleigh, who graduated from Jenison in 2017, and Stephen who is graduating this year. Her daughter Jaelynn is in eighth at JJHS and Kymber is in fifth grade at Vanguard Academy. Jeanine is passionate about bringing awareness to the growing prevalence of breast cancer, encouraging women to be proactive advocates for themselves. She has felt very blessed to be part of our community, which according to Jeanine has been there “every step of the way, motivating, uplifting, and inspiring (her) along the way!” She wishes to recognize Pink Out as a huge blessing not only for fighters, but for families and for the entire Jenison community.
THANK YOU Jenison Pink Out Representatives!!
These resident Angels work YEAR ROUND to be the hands and feet of our community. Words cannot express the level of gratitude I have for the leadership of our Pink Out committee: Katy Hevelhurst, Donna Bergeon, Cindi Covell, Jean Krzewski, and Moni Marlink . These caring, compassionate women lead the way to care for our neighbors whenever it is needed; they are making a huge impact! THANK YOU for everything you do!
JHS Virtual Assembly
The Jenison High School Student Council wanted to continue to raise awareness and donations for Pink Out. They worked hard to plan an alternative to the annual Pink Out Assembly… Introducing the premiere of the “Early Afternoon Show with StuCo”.
Student Council representatives hosted a news reporting style production to share socially distanced activities that were happening around the school. Students remained in their classrooms and watched via live feed. The Chamber Singers kicked off the event by performing the National Anthem in the choir room. The rest of the ‘virtual assembly’ allowed them to participate in the usual fun events including a pie-in-the-face trivia challenge, mock rock (a choreographed routine competition between the grades), the naming of ‘King and Queen’ for their first ever WildCat court, a “Miracle Minute” competition fundraiser between classrooms and a surprise visit from a special Wildcat guest! Way to go StuCo! They packed a lot of fun into that hour assembly and raised about $1,500 of student donations!