Jenny was a proud Peruvian woman, a wife and mother of 2 amazing kids. Her home was warm, welcoming, and coming over meant always being greeted with a plate of hot peruvian food. Listening and dancing to salsa was one of her favorite pastimes, she lit up and it always made her smile. Even when she was going through treatments, man she could dance!
Her kids, Ayah (16) and Omar (11), came first. Putting smiles on their faces was her main priority. She never sat at their soccer games, she was too busy recording every score and yelling! She loved taking them to try new food, to the beach, shopping, or on vacations just to see them laughing. But she was no push-over, she taught them to take care of themselves. She taught them real honest independence. For example, I remember the dentist being surprised that the kids would call and make their own appointments. That was Jenny's parenting all right.
She was one of the most upfront, no-nonsense people I’ve ever met and I love her for that. My boyfriend Jesse is her brother. We’re not married yet but she always introduced me as her sister-in-law, or just as her sister. That meant more to me than she probably realized. I live 2,000 miles away from my family, we are very close, so living here is difficult sometimes. She was excited to meet them. Jenny was my closest friend here. The way she lived her life was a constant reminder to not put up with anything in our lives that didn’t make us happy. Truly, if she didn’t like something it was gone just like that! She had zest and gall to speak her mind and take action when she wanted.
Jenny was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago. She fought every single step of the way like a serious warrior. Between treatments, she was working as manager for her building, when she wasn’t doing that she was finishing business classes, and also mapping out a business plan to open a dress store in a popular shopping area. Like I said, she did what she put her mind to always. She saw and took opportunity. So much so that when she lost her hair due to chemo, she wore fashionable turbans and then decided to turn that into a business for women going through the same thing.
Jenny’s mentality was strong as steel, but her body fought the medicine. She said to her kids that it was important to her that they know she never quit, never gave an inch of her power to cancer, and to be proud of who their mom was. She was in remission earlier this year after her double mastectomy, but a few months ago the cancer returned and metastasized to her liver and bones. We brought her to the hospital because of abdominal pain in October and November. On Monday November 26th Jenny passed away while in intensive care.
The money we are raising is going to her two children, Ayah and Omar.
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