Leaving her beautiful blonde locks on the floor was one part of the challenge that Jennifer Scott is facing. But fortunately she’s got friends right there beside her, getting bald in solidarity.
Scott found out in June that she has ovarian cancer, and is currently in her second of four rounds of chemotherapy. Although she’s battling cancer, her attitude is indefatigable, and Scott attributes it to the experience she had after being in a head-on car crash when she was 11.
She said she got used to dealing with all the poking and hurting and stress that came with the medical treatments that were necessary for her to heal.
“The positive impact is that you see what you can handle,” said Scott. This is the attitude she has about the rounds of chemotherapy and surgeries she’s undergone so far. Support from family and friends has also given her a solid foundation both in the past and presently.
Her good friend Jessica Godtmark said Scott, who plays trumpet, has always been a big part of the Nakusp community by helping tutor kids in band classes as well as keeping time at hockey games.
“I grew up with her,” said Godtmark. “She’s basically a little sister to me. She’s a sweetheart and she’s had pretty [crappy] luck.” Knowing her as well as she does, she has organized a musical fundraiser to raise money for Scott’s expenses as she goes through treatment, and puts her life on hold. The budding musician was going to school in Nelson to become a music teacher, but because of her illness has had to take an educational hiatus.
Godtmark is determined to help get her friend back on track, and is organizing an event jam-packed full of music, prizes and more. But before the music, there will be a silent auction starting at 2 p.m., and food available. Over a dozen musical acts – some coming from as far as Vancouver – will be taking to the Leland stage beginning at 5 p.m. and admission is by donation. If you stick around, one act in the listings will be Pat and Jan Dion shaving their heads around 8 p.m. Sounds like a night of fun.
Unfortunately for Scott, her treatment may also mean she won’t be able to take part in the upcoming fundraiser due to her weakened immune system. But she’s already feeling the love.