The day we were told that our smart, funny, two-year-old daughter, Effy, had cancer, my husband, James, and I were in a complete state of shock. We had no idea what this diagnosis would mean and how we were going to get through it.

On that horrible, unforgettable day, I never would have imagined how much Jacob’s Heart would come to mean to us. With our closest family 3,000 miles away, we feared that we would have to fight this all alone. But, Jacob’s Heart was there for us with loving staff, hundreds of volunteers, and thousands of community members ready to embrace us, help us, lift us up, and become our family over the next three years of treatment.

It’s because of caring donors like you that we have had people walking this journey with us, celebrating the milestones with us, and being there when we needed it. Because of you, we have a network of caring people around us – people who get it.

So, thank you. Thank you for your ongoing support of kids like Effy and families like ours. Thank you for caring about Effy’s brother, Harry – for knowing that this is hard for him, too. Thank you for making it possible for Jacob’s Heart to continue to offer essential services to families. And, most of all, thank you for being a part of our family. James, Effy, Harry, and I have all felt the love from you. During the hardest times, your love has kept us going.

As Effy celebrates a year post-treatment and is enjoying Kindergarten like any other five-year-old, we can’t thank you enough for your generosity and support of this wonderful family that is Jacob’s Heart. I can’t imagine how we would have gotten through this without you.

In all honesty, I wish Jacob’s Heart didn’t exist. I wish it didn’t have to. I wish children never got cancer. But, children like my daughter do get cancer, and I have never been more thankful for an organization than I am for Jacob’s Heart.

Jennifer Watson
Effy’s Mother