COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The legacy of ‘America’s Got Talent’ star Jane “Nightbirde” Marczewski lives on through the songwriter’s foundation to support young women living with breast cancer.
Just months after the Zanesville native, 31, died of metastatic breast cancer in February, “America’s Got Talent” — where Marczewski won a Golden Buzzer for her performance in 2021 — recognized the late singer and its recently accredited Nightbirde Foundation.
Marczewski’s family started the 501(c)(3) Nightbirde Foundation to give other cancer patients like Jane a little more time to live their purpose.
“The purpose of the foundation is to do for others what Jane was able to have, through the generosity of others,” said Jane’s brother, Mitch Marczewski.
Suffering from metastatic breast cancer, Jane Marczewski, who AGT judge Simon Cowell considered his favorite Golden Buzzer Tuesday gave himself months to live in 2020.
“If she had died in 2020, AGT 2021 would never have happened, and if AGT would never have happened, she wouldn’t have been the inspiration for millions of people around the world – she would never have seen the light of day,” said Mitch Marczewski.
Nightbirde had plans. And Elaine Faye too.
The singer-songwriter with more than 500 TV and film credits said she met Jane at the Cancer Center for Healing in California, who was strapped for money for treatment for her metastatic breast cancer.
“Do you need the money?”, Mitch Marczewski recalled his sister asking Faye during her cancer treatments. And she (Elaine) said, “Yeah,” and Jane said, “OK, here’s $20,000 – it was given to me for free, I’ll give it to you for free.”
“She helped me be able to start full-dose chemo,” Faye said.
Faye said her treatment costs $8,000 a week and the Nightbirde Foundation has picked up where Jane left off.
“They offered to help me and basically save my life,” Faye said.
“Sometimes we’ll do something in the house,” Mitch Marczewski said. “And one of Jane’s songs is going to come on and I’m going to look around and one of my kids has my phone, and he’s like, ‘I just wanted to hear Jane sing today. “”
Faye is the first recipient of the Nightbirde Foundation, but the nonprofit plans to help many other young women struggling with a cancer diagnosis.
“We want to continue to extend Elaine’s life as Jane’s life was extended,” said Mitch Marczewski as trustee of the foundation. “Because we think Elaine still has a lot to do on this earth.”
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