Fundraiser will benefit retired teacher who is battling cancer

By ANDREW MARTINS
Staff Writer

 Elaine Cameron Elaine Cameron JACKSON — A beloved former teacher who dedicated more than three decades to students in the Jackson School District will be getting support in her fight against cancer later this month.

Elaine Jernee Cameron, a lifelong Jackson resident who taught in many of the district’s schools during a 32-year career, has been battling cancer since last summer, following the discovery and removal of a cancerous growth.

“It’s not just one tumor … and it has affected her mobility,” said her former colleague, Nancy Dell’Osso.

Cameron, 58, retired three years ago and expected to enjoy a life of travel and relax- ation, Dell’Osso said.

Since being diagnosed with cancer, Cameron has been treated and spent time at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia.

To help Cameron deal with mounting medical bills and other health-related costs, her friends, family members and former colleagues have organized a special dinner to be held May 8 at 21 South Bar & Grille, South Hope Chapel Road, Jackson, to help offset the financial burden she is facing.

“There have been a lot of expenses related to her having to travel for treatment and staying overnight … [as well as] her chemo treatments,” Dell’Osso said. “Since last summer, she has really been fighting a battle.”

Dell’Osso worked with Cameron at the Christa McAuliffe Middle School and said she was a positive force for students over the years.

“[Cameron is] such a giving person. As a teacher, she had very high expectations and some people thought she was tough, but she would do everything in her power to help students in every way,” Dell’Osso said.

“She was the most hands-on, creative, amazing teacher. … We have done some small fundraisers at McAuliffe, but this is the first one that is really for the whole Jackson community.”

Tickets for the May 8 event cost $20 and include appetizers and the donation. Tickets may be purchased from teachers in Jackson schools or at 21 South Bar & Grille. For more information, email nldellosso@jacksonsd.org or call 908-804-0998.

Contact Andrew Martins at amartins@gmnews.com.