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Stephenie JochamIn early 2010 Stephenie Jocham was a successful attorney running her own law firm, and a busy mom to two young sons. A rare cancer diagnosis changed all of that. Stephenie began a wild ride that included multiple surgeries and a mile-long list of therapies and treatments all in an effort to eliminate the cancer from her body. One might assume that a person battling cancer at that level of intensity would be completely consumed by the fight, but not Stephenie. Although Stephenie lost her battle in June of this year, her priorities to the end remained the same, caring for her children, running her practice, and keeping her faith foremost in her life.

Angie Daniel (front) heads up the nonprofit "Christ is My Big C" in honor of her late sister, Stephenie Jocham. Proceeds from fundraisers and an endowment left by Jocham go to help cancer patients through local churches. (Photo by Brandi Neale Photography)

“Her faith was unbelievable”, says Stephenie’s sister Angie Daniel. “Everybody has bad days, but her good days were 99% of the time. Even during her most difficult treatments she had a huge smile on her face.” Stephenie considered herself lucky in a way that she had created a life for herself that allowed her to be financially solvent during her battle with cancer, which allowed her to focus on her faith and family. She knew that many others were not in similar situations and became determined to help other cancer patients by starting the Christ is My Big C foundation. This organization aims to provide funds to local churches benevolence funds to help relieve the financial burden of cancer patients with their congregations. Says Daniels, who is now the foundation’s executive director, “She kept Christ above cancer in her life and she really wanted to provide that assistance to other cancer patients so they could spend more time with their families.” Stephenie believed so fully in her vision that she made a large donation to Christ is My Big C before her passing, which covered all of the administrative costs of the foundation for the first year, allowing all funds raised to go directly to cancer patients.

The foundation’s first fundraiser was a golf outing at The Hawthorns Golf & Country Club near Geist Reservoir. Over $24,700 was raised through a silent auction, registration fees, and donations. For more information about Stephenie and Christ is My Big C, please visit www.christismybigc.org.

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