What inspired Jason to partner with Serenity
Few people know more about strength in the face of life’s challenges than former Phoenix Police Officer Jason Schechterle. In 2001, an out-of-control taxi cab crashed into Jason’s police cruiser at more than 100 mph. Jason’s car burst into flames. Only through a series of miracles did Jason survive the fourth-degree burns that covered more than 40 percent of his body.
In the years since, Jason has more than recovered: Through his public speaking and storytelling, he has become a source of inspiration and hope to thousands of people. In 2019, not long after journeying with his dad through the hospice experience, Jason joined Serenity as our spokesman. His firsthand experience with hospice gives Jason unique insight into what patients and families need to face one of the loss of a loved one.
“Hospice allowed me to just be a son,” says Jason. “They took care of literally every detail, everything. All I had to do was be with my dad – show him gratitude, thank him for being my hero, just love him. In his last hours, it was such an enormous relief not to have to make a thousand decisions. I couldn’t be more thankful for the hospice experience.”
In his work with Serenity, Jason travels the Valley introducing health care workers, doctors and families to what we do and what sets us apart from others in the hospice space. His story of overcoming more than 50 surgeries and finding a new purpose for his life makes audiences laugh, cry and feel every emotion in between. As an organization, we feel about Jason much the same way he feels about us.
“The people who work for Serenity are doing it for the right reasons,” Jason explains. “Every day, these folks reinforce the kindness, the compassion and the understanding it takes to navigate every aspect of hospice. They give families everything you need to make hospice a beautiful experience. That’s why I chose to work for Serenity.”