Member Spotlight | Christine Jeryan
After a professional career in libraries and book publishing, Christine joined her husband Richard Jeryan as a pro bono weaver and textile historian at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation and Greenfield Village in Dearborn. There, the Jeryans restored the historic mechanical Jacquard loom in the Greenfield Village Weaving Shop, reinvigorated public programming in the Shop, cataloged a major coverlet donation, and performed targeted research on the Museum’s textile collections.
In 2014, Richard was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer. While searching for the right oncologist to manage Richard’s treatment and care, Christine spoke with her neighbor Molly MacDonald, founder of The Pink Fund. Molly put Christine in touch with Sheila Kasselman, who was invaluable in providing information and a contact with Dr. Philip Philip at Karmanos. Although Richard passed away in June 2015, Dr. Philip’s expertise and compassion greatly improved Richard’s medical journey. After Richard’s passing, Christine wanted to find a way to help in the fight against pancreatic cancer and that desire led her to become a member of Sky Foundation’s Governing Board. She is confident that the cutting edge research funded by the Sky Foundation will contribute to early diagnosis, better treatments, longer lives, and, ultimately, cures for those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.