That’s What She Said St. Louis producer, Jenny Pratt, is a question asker, problem solver, sports lover, and big dreamer.
A big dreamer, like “being a College GameDay correspondent” big or “hosting Saturday Night Live” big. Her big dreams, however, had very specifically never included running a marathon.
There are a couple other very big things Jenny never dreamed of, like her mother’s colon cancer diagnosis — or that it would only be 60 hours between her diagnosis and death. She also never dreamed her father would receive an esophageal cancer diagnosis just five months after her mom’s death and his passing merely four months later.
Jenny is incredibly proud of being Bev and Don’s daughter. So when she lost them both so quickly, she decided to revisit one of those things she had never dreamed of doing and ultimately laced up her walking shoes (still not running) for the 49th New York City Marathon in November 2019. She rallied her community to raise money for the Jimmy V. Foundation for Cancer Research and finished the race — with quite an anecdote to show for it, too!
The idea was born of Jenny’s desire to respond to a challenge by doing what she does best: solving problems. She knew she couldn’t cure her parents’ illnesses, but she could figure out a way to help, and ultimately ended up raising nearly $10,000 for critical cancer research.
With this same idea of problem solving in mind, Jenny became the first That’s What She Said producer and director in St. Louis. What solution was needed? Finding a way for women from every walk of life throughout the St. Louis community to connect with one another in support, friendship, and empowerment.
All of the St. Louis cast members’ stories, as well as Jenny’s marathon tale in the She Said Story Sharing Showcase, are available on The She Said Project YouTube page. If you have a story to share, get involved with The She Said Project and bring others the connection and belonging that comes with a community of women supporting each other!
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