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Our Story

The loss of a mother

On May 30th, 2022, Jacklyn Beth Wnuk passed away at the young age of 56 years old. Her passing left behind her husband and three daughters. At the time of her passing her eldest daughter was 25, her middle daughter was 22 and her youngest daughter was only 20 years old.

In life, Jacklyn was an active member of her small Northern New York community and a fierce advocate for the underdog. She cared for others as if they were her own, and often went out of her way to ensure others needs were met before her own. In essence, Jacklyn was the type of mother that every person on this earth deserves. 

Through the experience of Jackie's passing, her daughters wanted to ensure that those in their 20's and younger who may also find themselves grieving the loss of a parent had a common community to engage with and the resources to heal after a significant loss.  

Jackie Wnuk

The words that describe the life of Jackie are infinite and cannot be confined to this brief page.

Jackie is love, Jackie is loyalty, Jackie is who we see when we look in the mirror, Jackie is our mother. 

The word 'was' is hard, so we choose to use 'is', keeping her alive, letting her legacy live on.

Jacklyn Beth Wnuk

 daughter, sister, wife, mother, friend, mentor, advocate

April 3, 1966 - May 30, 2022


The 26 Foundation is governed and led by our Board of Directors, all of whom held close relationships with Jackie during her life or have also experienced the profound loss of a parent.

Rachael Feibelman - President / Founder

Monika Chambers - Secretary / Founding Board Member

Debbie Frederick - Treasurer / Founding Board Member

LilyAnne Styles - Member at Large

**There is currently one vacant board position. Should you be interested in joining our Board of Directors,  the Board of Directors application can be found on our Get Involved page.

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