Todd and EB Jackson
When we think about cancer, we see the faces of family and friends who have confronted this devastating diagnosis, but we also see hope and progress in the work of researchers and caregivers. We are passionate about supporting the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center!
Our experiences with cancer began before we knew one another. In our teens, we each had loved ones who heard the words, “It’s cancer.” Our lives were shaped by the courage, perseverance and love our families shared.
EB remembers seeing the permanent marker “drawings” on her grandfather’s chest that guided the radiation therapy for his lung cancer, a battle he lost in 1996. For Todd’s father, a neck cancer survivor, the cure for his disease left him without a voice, which added further complications to daily life. Both Todd’s mother and EB’s grandmother won their battles with breast cancer, and EB’s other grandfather is a colon cancer survivor. We eat a lot of antioxidant “super-foods” in the Jackson household!
In 2003, shortly after EB and Todd met, Todd learned that an unidentified mass in a “high-rent” district of his brain would have to be biopsied. A skilled team led by Dr. Reid Thompson at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center removed a low-grade, cancerous tumor. With that chapter nearly eight years behind us, we do not think about cancer every day. We live every day seeing colors a little brighter, and breathing the air a little deeper.
We are partnering with Vanderbilt-Ingram because we know that the research here, in collaboration with other cancer centers across the world, is leading to significant breakthroughs in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Like each of us, each cancer has a different profile. We are committed to supporting research that teaches us how to tackle every cancer in the most effective way.