Cancer has twice closely touched the life of Realtor Rocky Jones of Troop Real Estate, Westlake Village.
Her sister-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer in her early 30s. After a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation treatment, she lived cancer-free for 13 years until the disease returned with a vengeance, and two years later she passed away.
The bond between Rocky and her sister-in-law was very close — they got married and gave birth to their first babies around the same time. So when the cancer returned, Rocky made a promise to her sister-in-law to watch over her young son, then 19 years old. It’s a promise she has kept, serving as a sort of surrogate mother, helping him through the grieving process for his mother and encouraging him to complete his college education.
A second, even closer brush with cancer came several years ago when Rocky’s husband, Jerry, was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, an experience Rocky calls “life changing”. Emphasizing the importance of early detection, Rocky credits a friend who warned her the symptoms her husband was experiencing could be signs of esophageal cancer. Fortunately, the progress of the disease was caught early enough that doctors were able to treat him for it.
With her husband recently celebrating his third “birthday” of being cancer-free, Rocky fervently says: “I wish for many more people to have many more birthdays cancer-free!”
Rocky and Jerry are both strong supporters of the American Cancer Society, participating in one or two of their Relay For Life events each year, and hoping that Rocky’s fondest wish will come true: “I hope in my life time there is a cure for cancer”