By Brad Underwood, WKRC
COLUMBIA TUSCULUM, Ohio (WKRC) – It’s been a year that has challenged us -- one like we’ve never ever seen. For frontline workers, it’s one many are ready to move past. That may have been the case for one ICU nurse, until Wednesday.
After her shift at The Christ Hospital, Jamie Helbig got the best news of 2020. Helbig and her fiancé, Andrew Ackerman, should have gotten married in March, but the pandemic postponed that. And, for a brief time, Helbig was furloughed from the hospital. Then, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and had no insurance to pay for the treatments ahead. "I didn’t get my benefits, but they were able to raise everything for me for insurance and everything else,” said Helbig. The “they” Helbig is referring to are her peers and co-workers on the front lines at Christ. They kept in her in the fight, a fight she's still in.
"Jamie is a rock star. She works in the COVID ICU and is now transitioning to giving vaccines, which is incredible,” said Angeline Wellington.
Wellington works for the Karen Wellington Foundation (KWF), named in honor of her mother who passed away 14 years ago from breast cancer. KWF is all about fun and sends women and families living with cancer on special vacations, but this is big: It’s Number 1,000.
On Wednesday, KWF gave Helbig and Ackerman the best news of 2020: a trip to Maui, Hawaii!