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Team Jack Pack
Oct 02, 2018

Fight For Jackie

by Michael Ziegler


Unforgettable Smile

Aug 25, 2016 by Michael Ziegler


Our Story

by Michael Ziegler

For those of you who are not familiar with our story, Jaclyn Abatecola was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) on September 16, 2015. Our lives would never be the same. When we received the news, we were just 24 days away from being married and could not wait to spend the rest of our lives together.  We had bought a beautiful home together and were the proud parents of two “fur babies”, Rusty Douglas and Bruiser Maximus (Jackie’s words, not mine!).  The next chapter of our lives should have been as a happily married couple; instead, it was fighting AML.


From September 16th through April 17, 2016 we spent both of our birthdays, every holiday, and our “postponed” wedding date in a hospital, but the silver lining was that we were able to spend it together.  Unfortunately, on April 17, 2016 that silver lining was torn and Jackie passed away…


Jackie didn’t pass away from not fighting hard enough, or not having a positive outlook on her diagnosis, in fact she beat her doctor’s expectations multiple times and did so while dancing, singing and laughing her way through treatment.  Jackie wanted to beat AML for so many reasons; she wanted to get married, she wanted to enjoy what we believed to be our dream home, she wanted to spend a million more holidays with her family, she wanted to laugh and dance with her friends, and she wanted to be a success story and help as many people as she could.


Everyone that knew Jackie, will tell you she was the most loving, caring, and funniest person in the world!  The way she lived her life has served as such an inspiration to so many people.  I constantly hear from people telling me how they have personally changed their life to reflect how would Jackie lived her life if she was still with us.


As soon as Jackie was diagnosed with AML, she immediately wanted to get involved helping people. She came across the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and noticed there was an event to be held on our wedding night called Light The Night at Siena College (my alma mater) and even though we were still in the hospital, Jackie wanted to participate in the event.  She immediately started fundraising and in a very short time had raised a record breaking amount all from her bed at Albany Medical Center.  This act of heroism and selflessness was nothing out of the ordinary for Jackie as she lived her life wanting to help people and loved to make everyone she came across smile.


Jackie’s incredible support team was by her side throughout her fight.  Jackie’s sister Christie and brother in-law Matt created a support group, “The Jack Pack” which included a Facebook page for all of her loved ones and supporters to stay updated on Jackie’s status, which includes posts directly from Jackie herself.  Jackie also had an amazing group of friends from Marist (Jackie’s alma mater), Hudson (Jackie’s hometown) and Albany/Saratoga that showed their support through visits, funny text messages, various gifts, and even videos of her closest college friends dancing!


I personally know that Jackie will be there in spirit as I am reminded and can feel her presence every day.  Every morning since Jackie passed when I take the dogs outside there is a rabbit in the backyard waiting for us and as crazy as our dogs are, they never bark or chase after the rabbit; this is Jackie checking in on her “boys.”  I also find myself looking up at the sky frequently and that is Jackie reminding me to keep my head up and to continue to make her proud.  As hard as these moments are, they remind me of how great of a person Jackie was and how she will never leave my side.


What makes this event even easier to get behind, is how great the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is as an organization.  While Jackie was doing everything she could do to beat AML, we had people from LLS contact Jackie just to check in on her and to see if we needed anything.  Not only are the people who are part of the organization amazing, as Jackie and I are both finance people, we were also interested in seeing where the donated money went and we were more than pleasantly surprised; 74% of the Organization’s expenses go to research, patient and community service, and education.


Please help me in celebrating Jackie’s life at this very special event by joining the Jack Pack and participating in the walk on October 13, 2018 at Siena College. 

Welcome to Team Jack Pack's Fundraising Page
Apr 19, 2018

Welcome to Our Light The Night Walk Team Fundraising Page

Thanks to dedicated people like you, funds raised from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Light The Night Walk help support the research of blood cancer treatments that save lives.

Without your efforts LLS could not fund the research of such treatments as targeted therapies that zero in on cancer cells and kill them or immunotherapy drugs that use a patient's own immune system to kill cancer.

Please join our team's effort today by registering to walk or by making a donation. Your participation in the Light The Night Walk will save lives not someday, but today.

Be sure to check our team page frequently to see our progress!

Thank you for bringing us all closer to living in a world without blood cancers!


Team Name Subteam Walk Site Date Team Captain City/State  
Team Jack Pack   Siena College 10/13/18 Michael Ziegler Loudonville, NY  

Supporter Comments

    "I still think about Jackie all the time. Even though I only met her a handful of times- she?s UNFORGETTABLE. "

    Coco Scalzo

    Sat Sep 22 11:11:01 EDT 2018

    "Jackie was an unbelievable force of nature and we think about her each and everyday. We will always be here to support the Jack Pack - Nicki & Jordon"

    Nicki & Jordon

    Mon Sep 24 09:04:47 EDT 2018

    "Wish I could be there to walk for you! Hope this helps! I think of you every day! "

    Amy Lund

    Wed Oct 10 10:11:41 EDT 2018

    "Truly unforgettable spirit. "

    Mandy ScalZo

    Thu Oct 11 08:40:59 EDT 2018

    "We love you and miss you Jackie and we support everything that is done to never forgot such an amazing human being!"

    Ry, Dana, Max

    Thu Oct 11 05:11:11 EDT 2018

    "This girl. <3 I'll never forget her. Ever."


    Fri Oct 12 12:29:30 EDT 2018

    "We will forever miss your contagious laugh you truly were a beautiful person and taught so many how to live a full life. "

    Erin Goldman Cooke

    Fri Oct 12 06:42:24 EDT 2018

    "Love you forever Jax!"

    Matt & Sarah Parker

    Fri Oct 12 08:25:18 EDT 2018

    "Wish we could be there to walk. Miss that face! Xoxo"

    Greg and Colleen Krummenacker

    Fri Oct 12 08:30:57 EDT 2018

    "For anyone battling any sort of disease or illness, may you do so with the sort of bravery and energy that Jackie brought with her wherever she went. "

    Lauren Brodeur

    Fri Oct 12 08:48:18 EDT 2018

    "Love and miss you!"

    Sandra Silva

    Fri Oct 12 09:22:29 EDT 2018

    "My life will never be the same because you were in it Jackie! "

    Kristen Kavanaugh

    Fri Oct 12 10:02:41 EDT 2018

    "Always remembered Jackie! "

    Jeannie antoldi

    Sat Oct 13 07:52:20 EDT 2018

    "Wish we could be there to join the walk, but we�re there in spirit! "

    Jamie Cohen

    Sat Oct 13 01:56:08 EDT 2018

    "Love you girls &#10084;&#65039;"

    Diane Roach

    Sat Oct 13 10:12:44 EDT 2018

    "You are always in my heart, Jackie. "

    Jenn Benash

    Sat Oct 13 10:24:39 EDT 2018

Team Fundraising Total

Goal: $35,000.00
121 %
Donations: $42,455.00
Sponsorship: $12,500.00
Grand Total: $54,955.00

Donate to our Team

We are sorry donations are no longer being accepted for this team for this event.

Thanks To

Abatecola Foundation $20000.00
Ostroff Match $8000.00
Nicki & Jordon $1000.00
Alessandra Bange-Hall $500.00
The Schick Family $250.00
Bob & Gina Pollack $100.00
Kyle & Christie Bigney $100.00
Kristen Kavanaugh $100.00
Matt & Sarah Parker $100.00
Erin Goldman Cooke $100.00
Nadine, Jake & Camden $100.00
Ry, Dana, Max $100.00
Yvonne and Eric Hennessey $100.00
Aaron & Emily $50.00
Roseanne Bisaillon $50.00
Dana Lovett $50.00
Amy and Ed Kurja $50.00
Jeannie antoldi $50.00
Lauren Brodeur $50.00
Kathy Henry $30.00
Christine Sica $30.00
Allysha Kubicek $30.00
Kristen Bielefeldt $30.00
Tom O?Beirne $30.00
Marlene Sweet $25.00
Jenn Benash  
Diane Roach  
Sarah Noonan  
Jamie Cohen  
Lynn Begany-Pritchard  
Sarah LaNeve  
Evan Abatecola  
Nancy Volpicelli  
Kristin Castaldi  
Chris and Mary Schoonmake...  
Michele & Matt Bresnahan  
Sandra Silva  
Judy Bynes  
Greg and Colleen Krummena...  
Bud Dy  
Alix Dobles  
Stephen Campana  
Denna and Chris Bacchioni  
Brittanny Keeler  
Barbara & George Knapp  
Mandy ScalZo  
Amy Lund  
Vicki & Greg Bacchioni  
Leah Juman  
Paige Raymond  
Coco Scalzo