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20 Years of Community Support

On a February day in 1998, local Lori Butterworth’s life changed forever. Her friend’s son, Jacob, was diagnosed with a deadly form of childhood cancer. “I called around, and there was no support available specifically for children, and that angered me,” says Butterworth. She took matters into her own hands, and started a grassroots-style nonprofit right then and there. Twenty years later, that nonprofit organization, named Jacob’s Heart, is still beating strongly. “Our mission [...]

Life Lessons with Louis

"The world isn't all sunshine and rainbows. Life can be very hard, and I don't care how tough you are...it can beat you to your knees and keep you there if you let it. But it isn't about how hard you get hit, it's about how you keep moving forward...that's how winning is done." Luis became part of the Jacob's Heart family at the age of 16, when he was diagnosed with [...]

A Stranger’s Gift

Elizabeth Bonilla was given the gift of time, so she is sending something back to mark the hours. The 14-year-old Watsonville girl is still recovering from a cancer diagnosis that came a day after 12th birthday. But she recently spoke for the first time with the stranger that probably saved her life, a 50-year-old San Antonio woman named Hope, and is painting a clock to send as an expression of gratitude. “She donated to [...]

Erick Rivas, Nearly Cancer Free

Of all the trips the Rivas family has made between Santa Cruz and the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Stanford over the past year, the one they made recently ranked among the cheeriest. In celebration of the season of giving and the one-year anniversary of the last day in the hospital for their oldest son, Erick — who was diagnosed with spinal cancer — the family made the familiar trip just to deliver a [...]

Lori Butterworth Returns

Jacob’s Heart founder Lori Butterworth has returned to the helm of the nonprofit she started in 1998 to help children with cancer and their families. Butterworth, a longtime Soquel resident and former high school Spanish teacher, left the Watsonville-based organization about 12 years ago to pursue another health care initiative centered on kids — the statewide Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition. She resumed the full-time executive director position of Jacob’s Heart earlier this [...]

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