Our Impact

GILLIE

Gillie is a 20-year old young man diagnosed as a child with global developmental delay (an intellectual disability) and hearing loss. He began his battle with cancer in 2013 when he was diagnosed with late stage Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (cancer of the lymphatic system, part of the immune system). He is being treated at the Children's Cancer Institute at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center. He received intensive cycles of chemotherapy and radiation therapy for six months. Despite his initial positive response to treatment, which put him into remission, Gillie relapsed in January of 2016. He started treatment again, but this time, it not only included chemotherapy, but also a bone marrow transplant. Gillie is an only child and both of his parents took leaves of absence to help care for him during his initial treatment and relapse, resulting in significant loss of income. The Jillian Fund provided financial assistance which allowed Gillie’s parents to be present during his difficult treatment and extended admissions, and to care for him at home.