Jillian Lauren Gorman was a typical teenager: independent, fun loving and adventurous. In 2009, at age 16, Jillian was diagnosed with an aggressive form of blood cancer with a five year survival rate of less than 50% for children. The news was devastating.
Jillian and her family endured three and half years of grueling treatments: continuous rounds of chemotherapy, three bone marrow transplants, one kidney transplant, two full years of dialysis and lengthy hospital stays. Despite three hopeful periods of remission, Jillian eventually lost her valiant battle with the disease on March 3, 2013.