Jackie Brantley

When I entered Jackie’s house to take her picture, she asked me if I was good on time for the night. She wanted to bake a few sweet potato pies for the picture and make me feel welcome in her home. She gave me a tour of the quaint house, which she purchased for her and her son by working 11-hour days and baking hundreds of pies to make ends meet.

In 2008, Jackie was diagnosed with bladder cancer, which had killed her brother. When she learned about her cancer, she decided she needed to create something she loved. So she poured her energy into a lush backyard garden, growing romaine lettuce, red onions, asparagus, grapes for jelly—and, of course, sweet potatoes for those pies.

Jackie beat the disease.