Chicago High School Students Deliver Easter Baskets to Patients to Commemorate their Teacher Surviving Cervical Cancer

Northwestern Medicine
Cancer Care/Oncology March 25, 2016

A bus load of high school students from South Shore International College Preparatory High School in Chicago delivered Easter baskets on Friday to patients with cancer at Northwestern Medicine’s Prentice Women’s Hospital as a way to give back after their English teacher, Sashai Jasper, was diagnosed with cervical cancer late last fall.

“When we heard the news it was heartbreaking,” says Jennifer Lechuga, student and president of Latin American Student Organization at South Shore International College Preparatory High School. “We have such a close connection with her and felt compelled to help others going through the same thing that she went through.” 

After months of fundraising, the students put together 40 Easter baskets filled with warm slippers, magazines and games that each patient could use for entertainment while going through treatment. Baskets were delivered to the Maggie Daley Center for Women’s Cancer Care, the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer of Northwestern University and inpatient oncology units at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Jasper was blown away by her students’ collaboration and drive to help other patients battling cancer.

“The kids were so supportive during my whole journey and process and I was thrilled to see that they wanted to make others feel that support during their treatment as well.”

Diagnosed with cervical cancer last August, Jasper underwent treatment through Northwestern Medicine. She is now cancer free and is back at doing what she loves – teaching.

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