Dr. Grace Shumaker is a hematologist/
Jackson Oncology Associates
and has over thirty years of
experience. She received her
medical degree from University
of Mississippi School
of Medicine and completed
her internal medicine, oncology
residency and fellowship
at University Mississippi Medical Center and a
fellowship in hematology/oncology from University
of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.
Grace is married to Dr. Tim Shumaker and they
have three children, Garret, Carrie and Keith. She is
known by her patients and peers alike to be undeniably
brilliant but at the same time approachable. She
shows compassion towards every person whom she
encounters. She is a magnificent physician and we
are proud to honor a woman who has, and continues
to treat cancer patients in our community with such
Ravi Fredericks is no stranger
to Cancer. He has been fighting
the war with Cancer for
the last 35 years. His first
encounter with the disease
was in 1983, shortly after he
married Dr. Ruth Fredericks,
Neuro-Oncologist at St. Dominic
Hospital, when he was
diagnosed with a brain tumor.
This tumor marked the beginning
of Ravi’s personal journey with Cancer. In 2005,
Ravi was diagnosed with colon cancer which he miraculously
survived after having surgery and receiving
aggressive chemotherapy. Most recently, in February
of 2017, Ravi was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous
Leukemia (AML). Ravi’s strength, love of family and
friends, and belief in God and his caretakers continue
to lift him up and support him throughout this battle.
This is a man who is full of compassion and
energy, and enjoys doing for others. Before his most
recent diagnosis, Ravi worked alongside his wife, Dr.
Ruth Fredericks. In addition to spreading goodwill
and encouragement to patients who visit the clinic, he
also volunteers for St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral
“Meals on Wheels,” where he has been known to cook
the entire meal for the recipients! He is passionate about
his family and friends and always goes the extra mile to
help anyone in need.
Ravi and Ruth have one child, Andrew, who is
married and has completed his medical school training
at UMMC and is now completing his fellowship
training in University of Texas Southwestern Parkland
Hospital in Dallas, Texas.
It is Ravi’s hope that funds raised through this
Gala and others like this will help to contribute to Cancer
research that will find the cure and alleviate the
disease of Cancer!
On March 6th, 2012, Sherry
went to a routine doctor’s
visit to have her blood pressure
checked. She mentioned
to the doctor that
she had a rash and thought
it might be shingles. The
doctor immediately sent her
to a breast cancer surgeon,
who clinically diagnosed
her with stage III(c) inflammatory
breast carcinoma (IBC), which the biopsy
confirmed the following day. IBC is a very rare and
aggressive form of breast cancer, comprising only 1%
of breast cancer diagnoses.
On March 16, 2012, the results of a PET scan confirmed
the breast cancer had spread to several other
parts of the body, including her liver. Sherry’s diagnosis
moved from Stage III(c) to Stage IV metastatic
cancer. Unlike traditional breast cancer, this rare type
was not detected from a mammogram, which she
had almost eight months prior. IBC can metastasize
in a matter of weeks. Surgery was not an option for
Sherry, whose cancer spread throughout her midsection.
Over the course of five and a half years, Sherry
received ten different chemotherapy protocols.
Sherry fought hard for life, for the benefit of
those she loved and those who were inspired by her.
She would have celebrated her 70th birthday on
Thanksgiving Day of 2017.
Sherry raised over $30,000 for cancer research
through her “Go Team Sherry” platform, which she
also used to promote IBC awareness.
Born on November 23, 1947, in Jackson, Mississippi,
Sherry died on August 12, 2017. A Jackson
native, she graduated from Jackson Central High
School in 1965. After high school, she received her
Bachelor of Science in Education from the University
of Southern Mississippi in 1969 as well as her Masters
and Education Specialist degree from Mississippi
College. Sherry served as a teacher and principal and
retired after 30 years from the Jackson Public School
Sherry was always an active member of her local
church wherever she lived. She loved music,
Jesus, people and she loved life. She was a remarkable
woman who demonstrated faith, strength and
love for her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
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