It goes without being said that everyone suffers from hardships in life, some more drastic than others. Who would have thought that one word could affect every single person in the world in some way, shape, or form? This word creates a culmination of emotions, thoughts, prayers, and actions. In some instances, it fashions survivors and heroes, yet has the ability to simultaneously take away our families, friends and loved ones. This powerful word is cancer and research from the American Cancer Society states that it will affect one out of every two males along with one out of every three females directly at some point in their lives.
Each day modern medicine strives closer and closer towards reaching the finish line of curing cancer but the fight can’t be left up to only those with lab coats in research centers. It takes a whole community united for a common cause. It takes charitable organizations like The Jillian Fund to truly make a difference in peoples’ lives which is why I couldn’t be more honored and excited to sit on the organization’s board.
The Jillian Fund is a charitable organization created by George Gorman in honor of his daughter, Jillian Gorman. Approximately seven years ago, Jillian was shocked by a diagnosis which read that she had developed an aggressive form of blood cancer. Though courageously and valiantly fought, she lost her three-and-a-half-year battle with cancer. Understanding that no child should fight this battle alone, George started the organization as a way to help out families who are burdened from such tragedies; therefore, the organization’s objective is to provide financial support for families during times of life-threatening crises to allow them to focus on supporting their sick children.
As some may know, The Jillian Fund’s backstory hits home for me. I personally have experienced and understand the devastation of cancer diagnosis and loss. These types of situations take a toll on families who already have enough to worry about let alone keeping up with bills and other daily costs that have never seemed more minute compared to a loved one suffering. When push comes to shove, family isn’t everything, it’s the only thing which is why I can’t wait to join the others in The Jillian Fund community to make a difference in the world and have the potential to change lives for the better.
One can’t express the powerful feeling you receive when you become a part of something much bigger than yourself. It is truly an honor to dawn the purple, utilize an influential platform to better society, and have a positive impact on strengthening family relationships during times of crisis, all the while keeping the memory and spirit of Jillian alive.
As I conclude, I would like to leave you with some strong words we should all live by thanks to Mahatma Gandhi, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Jenna Stramaglio, CMO of MWA Intelligence, Inc. and Board Member for The Jillian Fund