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In Memory

Jodi Barlow (Rickert)

June 9, 1971 - April 28, 2008 Excerpt from Jodi Lou Lung Cancer Fund website Jodi's life here on earth was cut short but it's what she did with the "-" dash in the middle that made an impact on everyone she met. She was as special as they get. We love you! We miss you! We will try to carry on without you...


April 2008

Dear Family & Friends,

Dreaming…you think of dreaming what your life will be like 15 years from now. I never dreamt that I’d join such a fight in all of my life. I’ll make my story brief. Two years ago at the age of 34, I was diagnosed with Non-Small Cell Adenocarcinoma, otherwise known as Lung Cancer. As you can imagine, I had several shocks. The toughest one, telling my husband of 3 years and father of our 8½ month old daughter that I may be dying. Since I had never chose to smoke the news came as a complete disbelief. I became astonishingly aware that lung cancer is not just a smoker’s disease. Unfortunately, at the time of my diagnosis, it had metastasized to my bones, spinal cord, hip, shoulder, knees, brain and the liver classifying the disease as Stage 4. Like anyone that has been afflicted with this disease, you know how life can change in a matter of seconds. I always say “I went in with a cough and came out with cancer”. Our dreams of building a home that we had planned this last summer, extending our family and living a some what normal life--were over. After numerous tests, CT scans, Bone scans, MRI’s, Mammograms and blood draws, my fight for life was just beginning. Initially, I had undergone intense Chemotherapy, powerful Tomotherapy, Radiation and more Chemotherapy. I thought I knew what sick was until I was introduced to the UW Cancer Clinic. I feel blessed to be receiving care from the team of doctors that I have been directed to, I can only hope now that my trust in the Lord will watch over and provide knowledge and medication to sustain my life. I’ve asked myself what can I do to help spare just one mother or father from having to say goodbye to their child(ren), sacrificing their dreams and housing sadness in their heart as I do. So many of you with so much generosity have asked what can I do for you? I have recently teamed up with the University of Wisconsin Paul P. Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center and have created a fund in my honor "The Jodi Lou Lung Cancer Fund”. Our mission is to get clinical trial medication from the researchers in the lab to the patients with disease. Sincerely & God Bless, Jodi L. Rickert “I never Dreamt…Now I Dream…”

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09/10/08 10:37 PM #1    

Dana Lehmann (Gardener)

It's still unbelieveable to most of us that Jodi died this year. She was a beautiful person and she is sorely missed.

She would have loved this website to catch up on the latest with her classmates.

09/16/08 08:52 AM #2    

Laura Hebl (King)

I would second Dana. Jodi is missed by so many. She was such a brave and strong fighter in her struggle with cancer. Her husband Ray, is a wonderful man and great father to their beautiful daughter Sophie. Sophie is a mini-Jodi in beauty and feisty personality. Jodi left her legacy in Sophie, the Jodi Lou Cancer Walk and the many memories that we have of her.

10/25/08 01:36 PM #3    

Wendy Kayser (Kirkpatrick)

I am so shocked and saddened to hear about Jodi's battle. My dad died of the same type of cancer about 2 1/2 years ago. And the story is similar: he had not smoked for over 30 years, and they said his cancer was not caused by smoking. He had a cough, and was also diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer at his first appointment. Unlike Jodi, his fight was brief and devastating: only 7 weeks. I applaud Jodi for how long she fought the fight of her life. I am thrilled to see she set up a good way for me (and others) to target our charitable contributions to the research of this highly under-researched type of cancer.

07/22/09 11:56 AM #4    

Shannon Tempel (Brown)

It hurts me just to know that such a great person is not with us anymore. I wish I would have known at the time. I can only hope that her daughter can only imagine the wonderful person and friend she was. She accepted anyone to be her friend.
This just shows us how fast life can change.
Always keep this in mind.

08/23/09 10:31 PM #5    

Tracy Salzmann (Franken)

Jodi would have loved last night. I really missed her. Love you!

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