Our Impact

ESMERALDA

In 2011, at age 19, Esmeralda was diagnosed with high risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia. After nearly two years of treatment, Esmeralda suffered a relapse in late 2013 and again in early 2014. At that point in time, it was determined that the best course of action was for Esmeralda to begin receiving modified palliative chemotherapy with the goal of minimizing discomfort and the effects of the associated toxicities. Her care required regular and frequent trips to the hospital, a painful challenge for Esmeralda due to her declining physical condition and exacerbated by the family’s inability to afford ambulatory services. During the summer of 2014, The Jillian Fund provided financial assistance to enable Esmeralda to be transported via ambulance to the hospital for her treatments, which provided Esmeralda with comfort and a measure of dignity, and provided her family with peace of mind and financial relief. Esmeralda passed away in September 2014.