Jennifer Ackerman

If there’s an upside to cancer, Jennifer Friedman Ackerman managed to find it.

Diagnosed at only 24 years old with breast cancer, Jennifer was much younger than others she met fighting the disease, and she struggled to find a peer group for support. But she took those feelings of isolation and disorientation and turned them around. A self-described “local poster-child for breast cancer,” Ackerman uses her survivor status to help other young women navigate the frightening and life-changing waters of breast cancer.

“I’m always willing and open to sharing my experience – the good, the bad, the ugly – with young women dealing with cancer so they never feel like they’re alone,” she said. “I can show them there is light at the end of the tunnel. Life can go on, and there is so much to look forward to. Fighting this tough fight is worth it.”

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I so wish I was house hunting right now, because this adorable two-story cottage in Stonewall Terrace would definitely be in my top three. Usually it takes FOR. EVER. to find a home that looks as good on paper as it does in person, and this cutie is just perfect for a young family that wants access to everything.

With three bedrooms, two baths, and plenty of living space, this house has room enough for a family of three or four. Built in 1940, 5922 Winton (which is marketed by Jennifer Ackerman of Virginian Cook Realtors) has been updated quite a bit throughout its 2,000 square feet. It’s just been reduced to a very competitive $305,000, too!

Even though the kitchen is on the small side, it’s adorable and has stainless steel appliances and a great breakfast nook that would be perfect for a booth or a table with benches.

The master suite, which I believe is upstairs, has a newer bathroom and a sitting area. The downstairs bathroom, which appears to be original to the house, features shades of pink and burgundy with hex tile lining the floor.

The backyard, well, if you’re a gardener, this house is for you! There’s already a huge raised bed for veggies, and there’s tons more room to add to that. There isn’t much in the way of landscaping, either, and with a privacy fence, this backyard could be a great retreat.

The real selling point to this house is its location, though. You’re seconds, practically, from great shopping and nightlife on both Mockingbird Lane and Greenville Avenue, and you’re inside the Stonewall Jackson Elementary School attendance zone. You’re 10 minutes from downtown, less than 15 minutes from Uptown, and you’re within walking distance of mass transit.

Sounds like it’s worthy of the short list to me!