Jade Lee Marasigan Charitable Fund

Born in Santa Monica, California, to a Pilipino-Korean family, Jade Lee Marasigan was raised in the San Fernando Valley in a stable, loving home in Sherman Oaks with her mother, Sooyeon, father, John, and her younger brother, Canyon. She was always inquisitive, highly intelligent, beautiful, artistically talented, compassionate toward animals, loved her friends and family, was full of life, was an LGBTQ advocate, and had so much potential. Her radiant smile was a daily blessing for anyone who had the pleasure of experiencing it.

Jade attended Encino Parents' Nursery School, Kester Avenue Magnet Elementary School, George K. Porter Magnet Middle School, and graduated with Honors from Granada Hills Charter High School. She was an accomplished student athlete having played 8 seasons of competitive club volleyball at the local and National level, as well as being a member of the Granada Hills Charter High School Volleyball team where she was honored as the Junior Varsity Player of the Year for the West Valley League in 2018 after leading as the Team Captain to an undefeated league season. In middle school and into high school, Jade played viola in the orchestra and enjoyed playing guitar. Jade was gifted artistically with talents to draw, paint, photograph, create videos, and design jewelry. As an unemployable 17 year old, together with her parents, she started her own small business, Jade Lee Jewelry. And in the summer of 2020, she started pursuing a bachelor degree in cardiovascular ultrasound.

Her parents had found out through Jade's psychiatric evaluations that she struggled for years with undiagnosed mood disorders - reportedly since early middle school. It was not until the overwhelming stress from high school academics and social dynamics started taking a toll on her emotional stability that it became apparent that she needed medical intervention. After many ER visits and neuropsychiatric hospitalizations for self-harm and suicide ideation, Jade relied heavily on academic accommodations and the medical support of daily medications, weekly therapy sessions, and monthly psychiatric follow-ups to try and maintain her daily emotional balance. Jade was subsequently diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder and Social Anxiety. In spite of all the treatments from a dedicated team of providers, she continued to agonize over controlling her mood disorders. Unfortunately, the social isolation due to the COVID-19 quarantine exacerbated her condition. Tragically, Jade decided to end her mental suffering on August 21, 2020, 2 weeks short of her 18th Birthday.

In an effort to honor Jade's life and extend her vibrant spirit, the Marasigan family was determined to create a charity to help others like her. After her hospital admission in 2019, Jade spoke highly of the nurses and therapy staff at Dignity Health - Northridge Hospital for their attention, exceptional level of care, and compassion. Jade's family is honored and inspired to carry on her legacy in partnership with the well respected, community-centric Northridge Hospital Foundation as the administrators of the Jade Lee Marasigan Charitable Fund.