The Family Jewels Pie-K is an annual 5K trail run/1-mile trail walk/ZeroK Sit and Eat Pie event in homage to Bothell XC runner and WSU rower Jaimeson Jones, who died on October 7, 2010, at the age of 20, of a recurrence of testicular cancer. He was first diagnosed at just 14 years old.
The Family Jewels Pie-K is the major annual fundraiser for the Family Jewels Foundation, which Saves Guys' Lives by using cheeky humor and schooling about self-checks, and the Jaimeson Jones Memorial Scholarship, which provides renewable college scholarships to local graduating high school students who have had a sibling with cancer. Jaimeson himself bequeathed his college savings to his two younger sisters, understanding the financial devastation his illness had caused the family.
In 2017, we awarded three 4-year scholarships to graduating Northshore School District students - come meet Hailey, Ryan and Alexandra!! This year, they are in their Junior year. Our fundraising goal this year is $50,000, to fund the remaining $20,000 committed to Hailey, Ryan and Alexandra, and to support testicular cancer education in multiple school districts, Scouting and other groups, and everywhere people want to make sure their young males do not die of this very-curable disease.
Bring your friends, family, kids, co-workers, clients and colleagues to bring awareness to early detection of testicular cancer in a family-oriented fun run, walk, or sit-down. We’re the #only5kwithapietable! Not to mention other snacks, coffee, cocoa, and more.
Bring a team! There are graduated discounts, depending upon how large your team is. Bring your business! If you register a team of at least 10 people (think clients! staff! patients! vendors!), you can set up a booth or pop-up at the event, free of charge!
See you there on March 14 at Saint Edward State Park in Kenmore!
*About testicular cancer*
Testicular cancer is the #1 solid organ cancer in people between 15 and 44, and it is 95% curable IF it is caught early. Because he was embarrassed about the pain and swelling in his testicle and did not realize that these symptoms indicated cancer, Jaimeson did not alert his family to his pain and swelling for over a year, and his cancer was diagnosed very late. This meant that Jaimeson was faced with agonizing treatment and a poor prognosis for recovery. When his cancer recurred at age 19, Jaimeson ran out of treatment options, and he died at 20. Caring for a child with cancer devastates a family not only emotionally but financially. In our case, one of the many financial consequences was insufficient funds to pay for Jaimeson’s younger sisters to attend college. The Family Jewels Foundation's scholarship, the Jaimeson Jones Memorial Scholarship, was inspired by Jaimeson himself, who bequeathed his college savings to his sisters. Besides supporting local families who have endured childhood cancer, the Family Jewels Foundation #SavesGuysLives by educating about testicular health, in a funny, approachable way.
The Family Jewels Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) with EIN 80-0905365.