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Jennie Huck Picha ’90

"One thing I clearly remember [from our high school days] is the sense of family at Cor Jesu. This Cor Jesu family extended itself by reaching out to include those less fortunate than the CJA community..."
"One thing I clearly remember [from our high school days] is the sense of family at Cor Jesu. This Cor Jesu family extended itself by reaching out to include those less fortunate than the CJA community. From Senior Service Projects, soup kitchen at St. Vincent de Paul, Penny Carnival to name a few, the CJA sisters and staff taught us by first-hand experience how important it is to give back to the community. I continue to be amazed at the maturity and selflessness of the current students as I read the service project articles in Spirit.
 
I had a devastating change in my life that put my service values to the test. My Mom, Rosemary Finn, passed away unexpectedly in 2008. In the last 10 years of her life, she worked very hard raising money and awareness for St. Louis Children’s Hospital (SLCH). After her death, my stepfather and I established the Rosemary Finn Pediatric Oncology Endowment Fund at SLCH. This Endowment Fund provides annual income to the Oncology department for family-care needs, medications, travel assistance for patients, equipment, education and research. The pediatric oncology program at SLCH is the largest comprehensive program for children with cancer in the region.
 
We have had numerous fund-raising events in the past 18 months, donating all our proceeds, donations, and gifts to this Endowment Fund. We are proud to say that Rosemary’s Fund has to date donated just over $100,000 to SLCH. We are working hard to honor my mom’s memory, while assisting SLCH with their mission – help children while they are young so they can look forward to living a long, healthy life cancer-free.
 
The values that CJA and my parents taught me gave me the strength to pursue this endeavor. I have learned along the way that reaching out to others can be healing for me, too."
 
Jennie Huck Picha ’90
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