Bris­tol goes green in sup­port of Jean

The Advance of Bucks County - - BRISTOL AREA - By Elizabeth Fisher

Ad­vance cor­re­spon­dent BRfSTOL BOR­OUGH _ A sea of green and the roar of the crowd greeted Jean Shap­cott as she en­tered the gym of Sny­der-Girotti Ele­men­tary School on Fri­day morn­ing. Pint­size kids and their teach­ers erupted in ap­plause for the 20-year-old can­cer pa­tient.

Shap­cott, a bor­ough res­i­dent and a stu­dent at Kutz­town Univer­sity, stopped at the school to greet the gath­er­ing, all of whom wore green to show her that they wish her well.

The rally was just one el­e­ment of an on­go­ing, blos­som­ing cam­paign to demon­strate that Bris­tol stands be­hind one of its own. There’s al­most nowhere in town that Shap­cott can go that she won’t see a tree limb or a mailbox or a porch post fes­tooned with green rib­bons, stream­ers or patches. Ev­ery Fri­day, Ce­sare’s restau­rant on Rad­cliffe Street posts a “Green for Jean” mes­sage on its mar­quee.

“That was the idea of my daugh­ter Jena,” said restau­rant owner Don Pe­to­lillo. “te’ll put that out ever Fri­day.”

Shap­cott’s un­cle and aunt, Lou and Cissy nu­at­troc­chi, showed their love for their niece in a big way by stretch­ing a huge green fab­ric around the trunk of the 100-year-old Amer­i­can cop­per beech that stands in the front yard of their Rad­cliffe Street home.

Four days be­fore Christ­mas, Shap­cott, a 2010 grad­u­ate of Bris­tol High School, was di­ag­nosed with stage four fi­brolmel­lu­lar hep­a­to­cel­lu­lar car­ci­noma, a form of liver can­cer so rare that there are only 200 cases re­ported world­wide. Her treat­ment is a form of chemo­ther­apy at­tached to clin­i­cal tri­als be­ing con­ducted at Me­mo­rial Sloan Ket­ter­ing Can­cer Cen­ter in kew York.

Be­cause there are few symp­toms, FHC, which strikes young adults, gives lit­tle warn­ing and is of­ten not de­tected un­til it’s in an ad­vanced stage.

“Dur­ing the first se­mes­ter at school, my stom­ach was both­er­ing me some­times but f thought it was be­cause f was eat­ing dif­fer­ent foods,” Shap­cott said.

Pain ac­com­pa­nied by weight loss sent a nat­u­rally slim Shap­cott to the doc­tor at Christ­mas­time.

Among her “fans” at the rally were four cousins: An­gela Car­pen­ter, who teaches fifth grade; sec­ond grade teacher Melissa Sax­ton; and stu­dents Ai­dan nu­at­troc­chi, 8, and his 10-year-old brother, Gianni.

Gianni said he was sur­prised to see so many wear­ing green at school.

“f thought f’d be the only one. ft made me very happy, very joy­ful that f won’t be alone sup­port­ing my cousin,” he said.

Ai­den said he was glad so many peo­ple joined him in “show­ing re­spect” for his cousin.

Car­pen­ter and Sax­ton said they worked with other teach­ers at Sny­der Girotti to hold the as­sem­bly for Jean. They said that the high school was also par­tic­i­pat­ing in the cam­paign. Ev­ery Fri­day _ the days that Shap­cott makes her weekly trek to Sloan Ket­ter­ing _ the stu­dents and teach­ers will wear the “Green for Jean” T-shirts, green Ea­gles jer­seys, or what­ever else green they can find.

The high school bas­ket­ball team sports green warm-up shirts and the school cheer­lead­ers wear green bows in their hair. St. Mark School is also par­tic­i­pat­ing by wear­ing green rib­bons, say­ing prayers ev­ery day for Shap­cott, and mak­ing cards de­liv­ered to her ev­ery week by a close friend and St. Mark parish­ioner, said school Prin­ci­pal Maria San­son.

“Green for Jean” T-shirts are avail­able for A10 at Great fD’s by Anne, Rad­cliffe and Mul­berry streets, Bris­tol Bor­ough. Owner Anne talp and her sis­ter, Philom­ena nu­at­troc­chi, are sis­ters to Shap­cott’s mother, Martha Anne.

trist bands and but­tons with the words, “My friend is my hero,” can also be pur­chased at the store for A3. talp said that the “green” sup­port for her niece has been grow­ing over the weeks and many peo­ple say they are of­fer­ing prayers for Shap­cott’s re­cov­ery.

“That’s what’s nice about liv­ing in a small town,” talp said. “f have com­plete strangers come in to or­der bows.”

Green is the des­ig­nated color for liver can­cer, the same way that pink is the color worn by those in­volved in the fight against breast can­cer. talp said pro­ceeds from the sale of the shirts, wrist­bands and the but­tons will all go to re­search for FHC.

Shap­cott said that she’s moved by the sup­port from so many peo­ple.

“ft’s just fun to see ev­ery­body wear green for me. ft makes it all feel less scary,” she said.

Stu­dents and teach­ers at Sny­der-Girotti Ele­men­tary School show their sup­port for 20-year-old can­cer pa­tient Jean Shap­cott dur­ing a rally at their school on Fri­day.

Jean Shap­cott, cen­ter, with cousins An­gela Car­pen­ter, who teaches fifth grade, Melissa Sax­ton, a sec­ond grade teacher, and stu­dent Ai­dan Qu­at­troc­chi, 8.

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