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2024 Recipients

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Jean-Marie Otto

Jean-Marie is fighting cancer for the fourth time. She is currently undergoing
chemo until her next viable treatment option can begin. Over the years
Jean-Marie has worked at North Middle, Canyon Ridge, Meadow Brook,
Horizon, and now the MERC. She plays an integral role in the success of the
Mustang Community Education program. She has a big personality, she is
always in good spirits, and she loves her job and the Mustang community. Her
current diagnosis is Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and the treatment she will be
receiving is Car-T cell therapy. This treatment will mean she will be out of work
for 6-8 weeks because she has to self-isolate and must be able to get to the
hospital without delay if necessary. Because of the amount of chemo she has
had through her life, this is among the last treatment options her body can
take. This being her third round of treatment within 3 years it has been a
financial hardship, but she keeps a positive attitude about it as best she can.
Her faith, family and friends have played a big role in her successful recovery
in the past, and we hope the community will rally around her in her time of
biggest need.

Kerry Villanueva

Kerry was diagnosed in January with a baseball sized brain tumor. She is now back
to teaching Kindergarten at Mustang Valley Elementary School, while still
undergoing treatments. She has a freshman at OSU and two other children in the
Mustang school district. She gives so much to her school community that she's a
perfect candidate to give back to and help with her medical bills as she's still doing
chemo treatments while working. She is a fighter and a friend who is always
rooting for others, even before she was diagnosed. She is truly amazing!

The Cavett Kids Foundation

Since 1997, The Cavett Kids Foundation has provided FREE camps, programs and special events for children battling chronic and life-threatening illnesses (many who are alumni of Mustang schools). Their mission is to develop character, coping and connection for kids battling life-threatening illnesses. Today, they are now an established non-profit with over 20 years of service and an impact reaching nearly 15,000 children each year. They offer seven camps, four ongoing programs and annual events at no cost! The camps and programs provide traditional childhood fun like fishing, arts, crafts, swimming and a camp dance. So many of the campers cannot attend a traditional summer camp because there is often nobody qualified to care for them. But at Cavett Kids, they provide a fully staffed volunteer medical team. The camps are truly more than just a camp…they are a place “where illness does not define the child.”

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