About Jacquie Core, “Pinky” and her foundation
Jacquie Core was born in Fort Smith, AR on December 28th, 1949. From early in life, her dream was to be a mother and a nurse, and she fulfilled both ambitions, proving a strong and loving mother to her 3 boys, and her grandchildren affectionately called her “Pinky”. She exemplified everything her professional calling represented, and was loved and respected in her career as an ICU/ER nurse, a position she held for 33 years. She volunteered countless hours locally, and also went on a mission to Haiti. She loved helping others above all.
Like many in her generation, she smoked without understanding the risks. She eventually quit and as a result began gaining weight, so one day she decided to walk a mile, in an effort to increase her health. Then, she decided to run a mile. Then a 5k, a 10k, a half-marathon, and she eventually qualified to run the Boston Marathon three times. Her ultimate athletic achievement was completing the US Ironman Triathlon in Lake Placid, New York. Her other accomplishments included completing the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, and running dozens of other marathons, including the ‘original’ in Marathon, Greece, as well as on Pike’s Peak, among other locales.
In a routine chest X-Ray, doctors discovered a growth in her lungs which turned out to be lung cancer, a product of her youth. She continued with her life and running, however, going on to run the Great Wall of China marathon, which she completed after unknowingly contracting bone cancer. Once aware of its presence she said “No wonder I was so damn slow!” When told that her cancer had reached Stage-4, in typical Pinky fashion, she said to “hit [her] with everything you got”. Her chemotherapy and radiation was incredibly aggressive, but she battled the cancer head-on with the same bravery and positive attitude that had defined her entire life. Although her time one earth ended abruptly, her legacy lives on with her family and friends.
With her proactive, tenacious struggle in mind, our mission as a foundation is to help single parents achieve their goal of becoming nurses.
“The best patient care always starts with empathy.” -Jacquie Core