For the past several years, Jacqui was balancing life as a wife and mother of three teenagers, on her journey to becoming a licensed hair stylist. In April 2020, she graduated from Aveda Frederic’s Institute and then went on to prepare for the state board exam in order to get her official cosmetology license.
With a new career just on the horizon, it all came to a halt two months later.
The first phase of Ohio’s COVID-19 Responsible Return plan was underway, allowing limited-contact sports to return. Excited to get back to a sense of normalcy, Jacqui was eager to attend her son Nicholas’s baseball game at Armco Park in Lebanon, Ohio.
While relaxing in her chair and flip flops kicked off, she was ready to cheer on her son as he came up to bat. Nicholas hit a pop-up fly ball, and it was heading in Jacqui’s direction.
“I thought it was going to hit me, so I jumped out of my chair, barefoot, and tried to get out of the way,” recalled Jacqui. “While looking up, I stepped on a curb and heard a loud ‘pop, pop’ and fell to the ground.”