Judy’s Walk for NET Research

A Family Takes Steps to Honor the Memory of their Loved One

Judith Jones loved Nantucket. From the first time she visited the island off Massachusetts as a young woman, Nantucket was a special place for Judy and her family.  So, it was especially meaningful that about a dozen family members gathered on Nantucket on June 15, 2021 to walk 11 miles in memory of Judy (known to her grandchildren as Mimi), who died of neuroendocrine cancer in 2020. 

“We chose to host this fundraiser in the place Judith loved most,” says Judy’s son Mark. “She could be found walking the shops up town, dining at one of her favorite restaurants, bringing the grandkids to the candy or toy store, or just relaxing and enjoying what the island had to offer. Her ashes were scattered just outside of Brant Point at the mouth of Nantucket Harbor.”

When Judy was diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer, she showed her incredible desire to live, exhausting all treatment options with the goal of extending her life. Judy served as the inspiration to her entire family and was strong until the end.  Her family has partnered with NETRF in hopes that through Judy’s legacy, no other family will lose a loved one too early in life to this often misdiagnosed and underfunded cancer.

When Judy died, her family established the Judith Jones Memorial Fund for NET Research as an Everlasting Impact Tribute. Judy’s Walk was a fundraiser towards her family’s goal to raise $20,000.00 to fund important neuroendocrine cancer research to remember Judy and to advance scientific research to develop insights to improve treatments for all patients living with neuroendocrine cancer.  

Judy’s Walk raised more than $4,100, bringing the total raised for the Judith Jones Memorial Fund for NET Research to $13,000.  NETRF thanks the participants in Judy’s Walk for their many steps to advance NET research and pay tribute to Judy’s love for a special island.

If you would like to know more about how to establish an Everlasting Impact Tribute, or hold a fundraising event, please contact Susan Payson, Chief Development Officer, at susan.payson@netrf.org

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