Natalie Tessoun
Executive Director of Development
Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital

A Letter From Our Chairman

On behalf of the board, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone who attended and supported our Jillian Fund Gala on March 15th. 

Your presence filled the room not just with warmth, but with a shared commitment to a cause that is both virtuous and deeply personal to us all. We honored the legacy of Jillian, a legacy that has blossomed into a beacon of hope for over 300 families, and over $3.5 million dollars in financial support. This remarkable achievement is a testament to the strength of community and compassion—it's a reflection of your generosity, and your belief in a cause greater than any one of us.

I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to each of our sponsors, Mike Stramaglio and The Patriot Pack, whose unwavering support for the past 10 years have been the backbone of our efforts. A special thank you to Larry and Linda Weiss, our anchor sponsors from the very beginning. Your faith in our mission has been a guiding light.

Serving as the Chairman of the Jillian Fund has been one of the greatest honors of my life. Working alongside a group of individuals who are so fiercely dedicated, and selflessly committed to our cause, has been nothing short of extraordinary. Your acts of kindness and generosity have not only supported this fund but have strengthened the spirits of those in need. I truly respect and appreciate each of you. To our board, we have made one HELL of a TEAM! And Steph, keep shining bright… you have been an inspiration and to many of us, a HERO.

To our colleagues, former colleagues, friends, and family, your generosity, belief in our cause, and desire to make the world a better place have not gone unnoticed. It's these qualities that bind us and make our friendships so valuable. The feelings of gratitude and accomplishment that we share are the very essence of what makes our collective effort so meaningful.

I want to express my utmost appreciation to George. George, your courage in sharing your journey, Jillian and Zach’s story, and every emotion along the way, has been a gift of perspective to all of us. You have provided a light of hope in the darkness, showing us that with the right support, faith, and unwavering commitment, we can overcome even the most challenging times. Thank you for allowing us to help fulfill your promise to Jillian, for that, we are eternally grateful.

As we cross the threshold into a new chapter, let us remember that this is not an end, but a new beginning. The beginning of a renewed commitment to those in need. To Mark Sparta, Dr. Gillio, Dr. Percy, social workers, and staff at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center, our sincerest thank you for all you do. We believe in you, your mission, and pledge our continued support. Our community is indeed fortunate to have you. As you have stood by us, we stand by you, ready to support you in delivering on a promise made from a father to his daughter.

In conclusion, our last gala served not only as a tribute to our achievements but also as a prompt for the mission that remains. Collectively, we possess the ability to change lives and illuminate the most challenging times. We extend our deepest gratitude for your backing, your kindness, and your faith in the capacity of unity and compassion to make a significant difference. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your support, your generosity, and your belief in the transformative power of love and community.


Bill McLaughlin

Chairman-The Jillian Fund

  • Since 2013, the Jillian Fund has made a meaningful impact on the lives of over 300 families with critically ill children. Your sustained support for the newly named social work program at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center, now known as The Jillian Fund Social Work Program, is vital for the ongoing success of providing financial assistance to patients and families, as well as ensuring the high-quality care and guidance that social workers offer to families dealing with childhood cancer.

    Sustaining this crucial work will incur annual expenses, and contributing directly at is one of the most effective ways to honor Jillian's legacy and acknowledge all those who supported her, Zachary, and George.

    We extend our heartfelt thanks for your support, generosity, and belief in our mission. We sincerely hope that you will continue to uphold Jillian's Legacy.

  • —Jillian's Dad, George Gorman
    —Jillian's Dad, George Gorman

    “When you are with your child alone in the hospital at night, when all goes silent except for the sound of the machines and the procedures that wake them up, when they turn their head and can see you are there . . . you see the love in their eyes, you feel the comfort in their heart.”

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Natalie Tessoun
Executive Director of Development
Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital

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