Jenni Holmes - Tuning Out Cancer
Alan and Jenni Holmes met in 1980 and have been married for 34 years. On March 6, 2018 Jenni Holmes was diagnosed with Leiomyosarcoma, and the Holmes’ lives were changed forever. Alan is the director of a high school music program consisting of over 500 students. Jenni, whom Alan met in college, is an accomplished soprano with many years of teaching & playing experience. In 2008, while teaching some band classes, Alan began the choral program which bloomed in three years to more than 300 students. In 2018, Alan and Jenni led 80 choir members on a European tour garnering 1st prize at an international youth festival in Vienna. He, with the help of Jenni, has run the program for 10 years, deeply affecting the lives of the many students they have taught. Both he and Jenni have put their heart and soul into the choir and band making it a safe place to many students. Alan has currently stopped teaching to put his full attention towards taking care of his beloved wife. Now, it is our turn to return the favour to the dedicated pair who have taught over 4000 students and rooted the love of music into each of their lives.
The goal currently is $75 000 but we are hoping to raise $175 000, a portion of what the full cost may total to. All proceeds are going solely into treatment.
If you have any questions feel free to email us at HolmesGoFundMe@gmail.com
"Mrs. Holmes was always a ray of sunshine whenever she would come into the choir room to help Mr. Holmes. The charisma, humour, knowledge and technique she emanated was a part of was what made me personally look up to her as a role model. She - along with Mr. Holmes - is the reason that I pursue a career in Music Education today.”
-Joshua V. , UBC Music Student
A 2017 Europe trip with conductor Alan Holmes and Jenni Holmes where our choir competed internationally.
“As a growing adolescent, eager, yet anxiety ridden at the prospect of highschool, and then again as a practicing ‘wanna-be’ musician, Mr. and Mrs. Holmes have been pivotal anchors in my education. That is, education on self discovery, respect, perseverance, confidence and motivation. Behind it all; Music. The connection I was fortunate to have formed with them is more than that of a teacher to a student, but of mentors who have impacted my life for the greatest. I feel blessed to have had Mr. Holmes guiding me in contributing to real music, and thankful to Mrs. Holmes who has given me the tools to contribute with confidence.”
-Alexia Z. , Music Program StudentSchool choir's trip to a festival in Whistler, British Columbia in 2017.
“Mrs. Holmes is truly a beautiful singer, and I feel lucky to have spent time with her in the classroom working on vocal technique. Caring, passionate, talented beyond belief and driven to see those she imparts knowledge to succeed are four of the biggest attributes I can think of that describe Mrs. Holmes. I pray that she stays as strong as she always has been through this tough time, and I am keeping her in my thoughts.”
- Robert M. , Music Program Alumnus2018 Whistler trip.
The GoFundMe team & the Holmes.