Cary Woman Featured in Super Bowl Ad
Posted February 3, 2008 11:43 p.m. EST
Updated February 4, 2008 10:15 a.m. EST
Durham, N.C. — A Cary woman was featured in an advertisement for Ronald McDonald House Charities that aired Sunday before Super Bowl XLII.
“I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma when I was 17," Jackie Myers said.
Myers stayed at the Ronald McDonald House of Durham for nine weeks. Sunday, she gave back to the charity by sharing her story with one of the biggest television audiences of the year.
“I'm just representing so many children that have been in the Ronald McDonald house,” Myers said.
“I think the community is gonna be happy that we have a hometown hero on a Super Bowl ad. I mean, how cool is that?" said Noreen Strong with Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Myers' road to the national spotlight started with an e-mail to the director of the Ronald McDonald House in Durham.
“They were looking specifically for someone who had stayed at the Ronald McDonald House, who is now a mom herself and who supports the Ronald McDonald House in a significant way. I didn't even have to think, I knew,” Strong said of recommending Myers for the ad.
The Cary native said the Ronald McDonald House changed her life. It allowed her family to stay together in a home environment while she was treated at Duke University Hospital.
“It allowed me to grow up and become a mother,” she said.
Myers' cancer is in remission.