A young mother is fighting for her life. She is battling aggressive squamous cell carcinoma.
Jamie Berrier Crutchfield, 26, has a rare form of skin cancer. Though most skin cancers are caused by over-exposure to the sun, Jamie’s is located on her tongue. What started as a sore in her mouth three weeks after giving birth to her son, Landen (now 11-months old) she is now unable to speak after having the tumor removed. Her husband, Eric, has become her voice. Jamie also struggles with the inability to care for her child, due to ongoing pain and complications caused by treatment.
Doctors do not know what caused the cancer. Although the tumor was completely removed from her tongue, the cancer came back in her spine and lymph nodes. She maintains a strong faith that she will beat the cancer. Her story is that of inspiration.
Earlier today, I witnessed the amazing support of her community at a benefit called Country Showdown, Cornhole Throwdown. The event – held at North Davidson High School in Welcome, NC – drew a crowd of nearly 1000 people. Local country artist Katelyn Marks, Chris Lane Band, and Ross Coppley Band performed nearly three hours while participants competed in a cornhole tournament. Area businesses donated prizes for the raffle, and tshirts were available for purchase.
I had the pleasure of once-again joining my friends with Relay For Life of Davidson County in an effort to help promote cancer awareness and support at the event. The volunteers did a fantastic job promoting the Prishope campaign, made famous by fellow Relayer and Cancer Warrior, Tim Davis. Prishope is an acronym for Pray, Wish, Hope – and has become a popular prayer-request group on Facebook and within the local community. RFL volunteers asked guests, participants, and the local celebrities to sign a giant card for Jamie. I also assisted in taking photos of the attendees signing the card and holding signs sending Jamie well wishes.
Proceeds from the event are going to Jamie’s growing medical bills. If you’re interested in donating to Jamie’s Journey, please contact me for more information.