In the summer of 2013, George Gorman started the Jillian Fund with a single goal in mind: to help families in need. More specifically, the fund provides financial support to families of children who are suffering from life-threatening illnesses. By covering medical treatments, rent payments, car payments, insurance, utility bills, child care expenses, the cost of travel, and more, it allows parents to spend as much time as possible with their children. Gorman was inspired to start the fund by his daughter Jillian, who, during her own battle with leukemia, gave strength and encouragement to other children and teenagers who were battling serious illnesses.
The Jillian Fund supports families with children receiving treatment at Hackensack Meridian Health Network’s Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, and ensures that all funds are sent directly to the family in need. The charity primarily serves those in need of bone marrow and neurooncology treatments, as well as CAR T patients. According to the Jillian Fund’s website, families can receive up to $4,000 in relief. Since its inception, the charity has donated over $2 million, helping over 200 families through their battle with life-threatening illnesses.
This week, the Jillian fund will be hosting a silent auction and virtual gala. The silent auction opened on November 17th, with 29 fabulous items available. You can bid on anything from bottles of wine and dining experiences, to tee times and a Harley Davidson motorcycle. On November 19th, the Jillian Fund will host their annual gala, this time virtually because of the COVID19 pandemic.
Take a look! You might find something you can’t live without and support the cause all at the same time. The folks at The Jillian Fund would be pleased to have your participation.
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