The Spencer Foundation was founded by Jean and Jeanine Spencer, who believed in always making a positive impact by their presence. Jean was a lover of life, loving anything outdoors, including being an avid skier and a horsewoman. She loved children and was considered a big kid herself. Jean was known for her positive attitude and her smile. Jean found the positive in everything, even in getting Stage 3 ovarian cancer. You see, Jean had worked for almost 40 years at UL LLC striving to make the world a safer place. She retired and became a Degreed nutritionist, studying and fascinated by homotoxicology and natural healing. She was armed with two Master Degrees and was going for her Doctorate when she was diagnosed with Stage 3 Ovarian cancer. Being the forever optimist, while dealing with cancer, she believed that by living with cancer and dealing with all its challenges, she would be better enabled to help others. After 10 years, she lost her long fought battle, due to complications with not being able to make her own viable blood. But in those 10 years, she touched so many lives with her smile and profound optimism and her ability to find sunshine in any cloudy day. With the strength and support of the board of the Spencer Foundation, in memory of Jean, the Spencer Foundation will bring hope, lots of smiles and support to children and their families fighting cancer.
I am Jeanine Spencer. My partner of 30 years, Jean Spencer, who became my wife in 2015, passed away almost 4 months after our wedding. She battled and bravely fought Stage 3 Ovarian cancer for 10 years, with the last year of her life having the added complication of blood issues. In 2015 I was also diagnosed with Stage 1 Ovarian Cancer. During our cancer journey, our hearts ached for the children whose youth was interrupted by their illness. We saw the stress, fear and toll of the diagnosis and treatment that families endure as well as the life interrupted of these young souls. Before Jean died, we decided that we would create a foundation to provide resources for children and their families. With the founding of The Spencer Foundation in March 2016, I am privileged to fulfill Jean Spencer’s final wish and my promise to her and myself that we would reach out to children with cancer and their families and let them know that we care.
To bring hope and a smile to children with cancer and their families.
Living with cancer can sometimes be a long hard journey. What better symbol than the turtle to tell you to take it “Slow And Steady”? In December of 2012, Jeanine Spencer crocheted a turtle as a gift for Jean with a note that stated just that – “Slow And Steady”. Jean named her turtle SAS, so our logo was born. The Turtle has also been known to represent: Strength, Endurance, Stability, Order, Creation, Patience, Longevity, Innocence and Protection.
The Spencer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Donations to the Spencer Foundation are tax deductible.
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