Throughout her energetic, active life, Aileen always cared for, nurtured and helped others. Though giving of her time and energy supporting causes and charities that she was personally familiar with, she always had time to aid, mentor and support those who needed help. Aileen was a beautiful person. She unconditionally loved those she knew. Her smile and spirit always made you feel good.
In 2013, Aileen was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, mucosal melanoma. Her battle lasted for 3 years. Throughout those years of difficult treatments, Aileen continued her life as if her cancer was a mere distraction. She continued mentoring and advising families on how to understand and cope with their family member who developed Alzheimer's disease. She continued taking her grandchildren on get-a-way vacations, helped start a family business that aided people with hearing disabilities, and volunteered her time to raise funds for many charitable organizations, including the Alzheimer's Association, Grandparents Against Autism, Goodwill, and the UCI Mind Institute. Personally she set and achieved major milestones in her family's lives, as goals to fight and survive for. Over those years, she succeeded in attending her granddaughter's Bat Mitzvah, her 50th wedding anniversary, and her husband's 75th birthday.
The Aileen Sherman Memorial Fund was established by a group of family and friends to continue Aileen's legacy of giving back, and to pay tribute to a woman who personally touched, inspired, and influenced lives. All donations made to the fund will be focused on research to cure cancer. The Fund has partnered with the Kure It Organization (Kureit.org) to support research aimed at finding cures for melanoma, kidney, and lung cancers. Research funded in each of these cancers are potentially translational to the others, therebye increasing their benefit. We appreciate your support as we continue to honor Aileen by using your donations from The Aileen Sherman Memorial Fund to support cancer research.