The Ohio State University Alumni Association

2021 Alumni Awards

Jane Jacquemin-Clark ’83 —

Robert M. Duncan Alumni Citizenship Award

Presented to alumni who have distinguished themselves in service to humanity and who have best exemplified the university’s motto, “Education for Citizenship,” by having performed significant voluntary service to their community beyond the call of business or professional duty.

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Hope springs eternal

Receiving a diagnosis of cancer can be devastating. And for those who must travel to obtain lifesaving treatment, the costs can seem insurmountable.

Jane Jacquemin-Clark ’83 wanted to do something to help patients and their families. In 2009, Jacquemin-Clark and her husband, Kevin, founded Hope Hollow, a nonprofit organization that provides free meals, lodging, transportation and emotional support to cancer patients and their families who are traveling to receive treatment in Columbus.

The couple started by offering lodging in their own home, but the need was so great, they began booking hotel stays. Last year they provided 1,500 nights of lodging. A retired high school teacher and counselor, Jacquemin-Clark is a full-time volunteer and fundraiser for the organization. She’s proud that Hope Hollow has never turned away anyone in need.

What led you to create Hope Hollow?

I am a two-time cancer survivor and have lost loved ones to cancer. My mother died of pancreatic cancer when I was 10 years old, and her sister — who became my second mother — later died of pancreatic cancer. I wanted to find a way to live the gratitude for my surviving cancer and honor those I love. My husband and I founded Hope Hollow to offer hospitality to people who were away from home on the most difficult journey of their life.

What is your motto and why?

“Live the gratitude” and “Hope springs eternal.” Gratitude and hope are foundational to my life. They gave me strength on my cancer journey and continue to give meaning to my life.

How did your education at Ohio State prepare you for your work?

I received my master’s degree in counseling at Ohio State in 1983. My education served me well in my 40-year teaching and counseling career working with high school students, as well as in supporting the cancer patients at Hope Hollow.

Do you have a favorite Ohio State memory?

When I was a child, I used to go to work with my dad, who was in the Dairy Science department at Ohio State. I’d play secretary in his office; it was such fun. As an adult, my favorite memories are attending football games with my husband, wearing our scarlet and gray, singing “Carmen Ohio” and eating Tommy’s sub sandwiches together.

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