Nothing prepares you for hearing your child has cancer. Natalie was 7 when first diagnosed. Every day, her mom, Julie, tried to remain calm, positive and optimistic as her little girl went through tests and treatment that made Julie want to cry. Natalie held onto her mother ‒ and The Jester ‒ for comfort.
“When her treatments ended, I breathed a sigh of relief, but never fully relaxed,” Julie recalls. Then, when Natalie was 10, the cancer came back. Julie could no longer just tell her daughter that everything would be fine. Her little girl was now a lot more sophisticated. “But we always turned to The Jester and spoke openly,” Julie recalls.
Today, Natalie is cancer-free, “a milestone we treasure.” Like Natalie, Julie believes that The Jester is “about being happy.” And as Mother’s Day approaches, she remains happy, looking forward to celebrating the day together.