Jac's Pack: About Us

Jac's Pack: About UsJac's Pack: Who is Jac's Pack?
Jac’s Pack was founded by Natalie Lessing in honor of her sister Jacqueline Mary Mohr. The reason for starting the organization is to help those people who are going through the same tribulations that Natalie and her family endured through such difficult times. Assisting Natalie in her effort to fight this disease are her husband Christopher Lessing, and lifelong family friend and classmate of Jackie, Laura Blasberg. Natalie, Chris and Laura are the board for Jac’s Pack. As the board they will be responsible for all aspects of team building, fundraising and donations from Jac’s Pack to its beneficiaries.

Jac's Pack: Our Mission
Jac’s Pack is a non-profit corporation aiming to raise funds and awareness for Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS), a rare form of cancer that generally affects children and young adults. The goal of Jac’s Pack is to assist in the funding for research of RMS. We will do this through participating in various athletic events to show the strength needed to fight this illness that attacks the very muscles needed to compete. Proceeds will go to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center to promote the research of this very underfunded and too often fatal form of cancer

Jac's Pack: What is Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS)?
Sarcomas are cancers that develop from connective tissues in the body, such as muscles, fat, membranes that line the joints, or blood vessels. There are many types of sarcomas. Rhabdomyosarcoma is a cancer made up of cells that normally develop into skeletal muscles. About 7 weeks into the development of an embryo, rhabdomyoblasts (cells that will eventually form skeletal muscles) begin to form. These are the cells that can develop into the cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma.

To find out more about Rhabdomyosarcoma, please visit www.cancer.org.

Jac's Pack: Natalie's Story
Jac’s Pack was formed to honor the strongest, most inspirational person, friend, and sister I was blessed to have known in my life, Jacqueline Mohr. Jackie was diagnosed with RMS at the tender age of 16, and fought every step of the way with nothing less than a smile, and words of encouragement. The tragedy of losing her is indescribable, but with the loving support of wonderful family and friends, I learned she lives forever in our hearts. Today I am married to a wonderful man, and have been blessed with three phenomenal boys. I wish they, as so many others I have met during my life, could have known Jackie, so that’s when the thought arose to form a corporation honoring her. Jac’s inspirational words touched so many lives, it is my honor to carry out her extraordinary deeds, and keep changing lives of others. Jackie’s motto was “Keep Smiling,” so come and join our Pack to let smiles continue for others affected by RMS.