Megan Golden | July 14, 2017
The summer before Jordy Shoemaker’s sophomore year, she received news that her father had been diagnosed with stage IV metastatic cancer. The Notre Dame alumna (‘12) and women’s lacrosse player was overwhelmed with questions.
“Three-hundred and sixty-five days left with my dad? That can’t be right; we have too much left to do together,” Shoemaker said. “Should I transfer to Boston College and move home? Should I take leave from school and become his full time caregiver? How many months do we have left together? How many holidays? Will he be there to see me graduate? Will he be there to walk me down the aisle on my wedding day? What will this journey be like? Will he suffer? Did they make a mistake? Why him? Why us? Why anyone?”
Shoemaker decided to stay put at Notre Dame and continue her lacrosse career with the Irish. Over the course of the next three years, she relied heavily on her Notre Dame family for support. Her father passed away just over four years later.