Sadly, we lost a loving and dedicated homeschooling mom yesterday morning. Jennifer Malone, our inspiration behind the Malone Scholarship, has went to be with the Lord after a two year battle with cancer. We will miss her greatly, and continue to work diligently to serve her family as her daughter, Alexandra Malone, continues the homeschooling journey.
We will gather for visitation in the wake of Jennifer's funeral this evening. My tears are flowing and heart is broken. I can't stand cancer. I hate to see Jennifer's beautiful daughter, Alex, endure such incredible pain and loss. Oh, how I love Alex.
Jennifer was this very unique and special kind of mom. Like the ones we read about when we need inspiration or advice. She was so dedicated to her daughter's outcomes and happiness that she seemed to ignore the weight of having cancer as she channeled her thoughts and efforts towards Alex's needs and endeavors. What a warrior! Not once did she shy away from homeschooling or dance lessons or Alex's orthodontist schedule because she was sick.... not Jennifer. She time-crunched, scheduled, and stayed completely on top of every detail in Alex's life. When I would feel horrible for her, and react by volunteering to take Alex to the doctor, or dentist, Jennifer stood there, holding on to her walker, and saying, "That is sweet, we should save that for when I am 'really' sick." I would have already buried my head, not Jennifer. She was a Mama... and cancer was not going to interfere.
Some may say that Jennifer lost her battle to cancer yesterday, but in my eyes, she belittled cancer. She put it in its place. She didn't let it hold her back. She LIVED despite cancer. She didn't live as long as we wanted her to, but she lived all the way through, with her head held high, until the very end. I couldn't get her to sit down while visiting just two weeks ago. I wanted to talk and laugh... she pushed her walker to the laundry room to do a load of clothes. I chased her down and took the linens, and she said, "Ok, you do that, I will get sandwiches." I rushed over to make the sandwiches for two of us, and she disappeared for a minute. I brought our lunch to the living room, and she folding those clothes again, using her walker to organize them. No, cancer did not win. Not like it tried to.