Our Impact

JOHN

In 2011, at age 16, John was diagnosed with germ cell tumor and underwent surgery followed by a rigorous chemotherapy treatment. Unfortunately, he relapsed and underwent a bone marrow transplant in 2012. In 2013, despite an arduous chemotherapy protocol and radiation treatment, his disease progressed and his condition declined. As a result of his condition, John required constant medical care. To provide support, John’s mother stopped working and his father reduced his hours which resulted in a significant loss of income for the family. In the summer of 2014, The Jillian Fund assisted with the payment of certain medical and living expenses to allow the family to spend quality time together, including paying their electric bill so John could be in a cool environment as his health declined. John lost his battle to cancer in July 2014. The family’s goals during John’s last months were to create lasting memories and provide as much support to John as possible. With the help of the Jillian Fund the family feels they accomplished their goals.