Niskayuna community celebrates Jackie Jasiewicz’s Sweet Sixteen in COVID-19 style

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NISKAYUNA, N.Y. (NEWS10)- Last month, Jackie Jasiewicz was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer. On Sunday the community celebrated her Sweet 16 in a very special way.

The community of Niskayuna and the Verdoy Fire Department coordinated a car parade in honor of Jackie’s birthday. Members of the community say they wanted to celebrate her and provide her with the hope and spirit needed to continue her treatments.

During the pandemic, Jackie has been through two surgeries and two long hospitalizations. She has started treatments at The Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders in Albany.

Her father Tom thought what would be a better way to celebrate his daughter than a car parade.

“The two hitting at the same time, you know she has a lot to deal with. Everybody has been locked up, its a beautiful day and people are looking for a reason to come out. The community just the outpouring is overwhelming, so many people looking to be apart of it.” said Tom Jasiewicz.

“I cant believe this is all happening. I have been going through treatment and then the coronavirus came, I knew I couldn’t have a party.” said Jackie Jasiewicz.

Members of the community decorated their cars with balloons, streamers, with tons of pink to honor Jackie.

“We are still thinking about her and her big day. Everyone knows how much it means to celebrate your Sweet 16 and be with people that love you.” said Helen Sprio.

Members of Jackie’s family say they are also throwing a virtual party over zoom tonight to continue the celebration. Members of the community made a facebook group called Jackie’s Raise of Sunshine to raise hope, spirits, and funds for the Jasiewicz family.

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