Jan 06, 2014 05:55AM
● By Style
Photos by Dante Fontana, © Style Media Group
Roseville resident Jack May remembers the days when kids used to play outside instead of sitting in front of the TV.
Raised on a farm in Wisconsin, he often had to get up as early as 5:30 a.m. to do chores. May is now retired from a successful career with a livestock feed company, and he dedicates much of his time to community outreach activities, such as the Granite Bay Rotary Club and Future Farmers of America. He is especially passionate about encouraging kids to lead more active lifestyles and pursue their goals, as reflected in his nationally recognized children’s book Jumpin’ Jackie: The Cow That Jumped Over the Moon, which encourages kids to never give up on their dreams.
The book’s positive message has a special significance for May, a two-time cancer survivor. For this reason, he regularly donates his books to children in the neonatal department at Sutter Hospital, in hopes of inspiring them to maintain a positive attitude through even the most difficult experiences. In addition, he is the inventor of Jumpin’ Jackie’s Moon Jump Trainer, an award-winning toy that gets kids off the couch and jumping in active play. Through his community activities and inventions, May hopes to make a difference in the lives of children, or anyone going through tough times. “We all have a responsibility to give where we can,” May shares. “Besides, I get a kick out of it!”
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