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Teen Cancer Survivor’s Challenge Earns $50,000 for Jacob’s Heart

The story of how Andrew Perez used his 4-H skills to raise $5,000 for Jacob's Heart Children's Cancer Support Services - the organization that gave him strength during his cancer fight - has created a groundswell of support, with the community raising another $50,000 in less than five weeks as part of Andrew's campaign. The teen was so moved by the response to his fundraising challenge that he plans to raise another $5,000 this year to jump-start a second donation drive. [...]

Woman of the Year 2019

The Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture has announced the recipients of its 2019 Annual Awards. These special locals have helped make Santa Cruz County a better place to live, love, work and play. Woman of the Year: Lori Butterworth Lori started Jacob’s Heart in 1998 at her kitchen table when her friends’ son Jacob was diagnosed with leukemia and has since built the organization from the ground up. Under her leadership, Jacob’s [...]

A Beacon of Hope

The trauma of a child’s cancer casts a long and fearful shadow across a family — fraying nerves, stressing budgets and exhausting options. Jacob’s Heart knows it can’t cure disease. But the Watsonville-based organization does the next best thing by lending a helping hand to ease families’ Job-like series of trials, offering emotional, practical and financial support for families of 325 suffering children, from Boulder Creek to King City. Some families just need advice [...]

Adopt-a-Family

Twenty-four years ago, a local businessman in Aptos was diagnosed with inoperable cancer. As the cancer progressed, he was unable to work or support his family as the holidays approached. Our community put on a spaghetti feed and the money collected went to help his family. Patrice Edwards, of Times Publishing Group, Inc., and a friend worked tirelessly to collect toys, food, clothes, rent money, and more to carry his family through the coming [...]

Help Fuel the Holidays

On a February day in 1998, local Lori Butterworth’s life changed forever. Her friend’s son, Jacob, was diagnosed with a deadly form of childhood cancer. “I called around, and there was no support available specifically for children, and that angered me,” says Butterworth. She took matters into her own hands, and started a grassroots-style nonprofit right then and there. Twenty years later, that nonprofit organization, named Jacob’s Heart, is still beating strongly. “Our mission [...]

20 Years of Community Support

On a February day in 1998, local Lori Butterworth’s life changed forever. Her friend’s son, Jacob, was diagnosed with a deadly form of childhood cancer. “I called around, and there was no support available specifically for children, and that angered me,” says Butterworth. She took matters into her own hands, and started a grassroots-style nonprofit right then and there. Twenty years later, that nonprofit organization, named Jacob’s Heart, is still beating strongly. “Our mission [...]

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