Jennifer Collins, MA
Jenny is the proud grandmother (Ama) of Izzy and mother of Tina. She was blessed to have been able to retire early with her husband, Bill, from California State University, Chico so that she could spend more time with her new granddaughter, Izzy. They arrived at their new home in New England just six weeks before Izzy was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma. They spent the next 2½ years not only getting to know Izzy but supporting her and her family throughout her battle with cancer. This included time at MD Anderson in Houston, Tufts in Boston, and living for five months in Tubingen, Germany when Izzy had a stem cell transplant. Izzy’s little brother Fletcher was only 5 months old when they arrived in Germany and Jenny enjoyed helping to care for him as well as Izzy and her family. Jenny is very grateful to have been able to know Izzy and her fun, outgoing, energetic, and loving spirit. Jenny has a B.A. and M.A. from California State University, Chico where she worked as the Director of Academic Resources and Evaluation. She is now using her budget and financial skills working as the Director of Finance with The Izzy Foundation. She loves spending her retirement working to ensure that Izzy’s beautiful life will continue to make a difference in the lives of others as she did in her Ama’s life.