Jillian’s Army is dedicated to helping 3 year old Jillian win her battle against Stage 4 Neuroblastoma Cancer. She was diagnosed on July 11, 2013 and began her first round of chemotherapy that night.
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Jillian’s Soldiers of the Month – March 2014
“Chief of Public Affairs” Paula Woolman and
“Special Ops” Rob Woolman
by Amber Moore & Ashleigh Stevens
Our March 2014 soldiers of the month are better known as Aunt Paula and Uncle Rob.
Commander in Chief Mom had dubbed Paula her “technological genius” and therefore was awarded the venture of website creation to give our entire army a base to report to for information regarding Jillian. Also being armed with a degree in communications, she got the lucky job of being Jillian’s publicist!
Her husband Rob has the ability of making a smile appear across Jillian’s face effortlessly, making his “special ops” job of massive importance when our solider is feeling low during her battle.
Despite the fact that they both have very busy jobs, they still find time to update the website, fill online orders of Jillian’s Army merchandise, answer emails and spend quality time with the Moore Family.
People often ask how they are related to Jilli since they are referred to as “Aunt & Uncle”. Amber met Paula, Rob and Jesse during the football season of 1998. The Buffalo Bills brought them all together, watching the games at the bar every Sunday. After weeks of camaraderie, it had come to their attention that Paula and Amber went to high school and graduated together, but never knew each other. It was then that a lasting friendship was born.
When Jesse and Amber were blessed with two lovely girls, no one could have predicted the attachment the girls would develop to these two amazing people. That mutual feeling created such a bond. Amber is a firm believer that you CAN pick your family and has welcomed Paula and Rob with open arms into hers.
Jillian’s sudden diagnosis of cancer hit the both of them incredibly hard. Along with everyone in the family, they were fearful of the diagnosis and the frightening possible outcome. During the first 6 rounds of chemo, they came to the hospital and sat at Jilli’s bedside every evening. A presence though it may have never been voiced, helped support Jillian and the family with the adjustment to new lifestyle and world they were being introduced to.
Jillian has a fun and loving relationship with her Aunt Paula and Uncle Rob. Some of Jilli’s favorite things are Rob’s phone and the candies he brings to her. At one point when Jillian was 2, she referred to Paula as Elmo because she could always be counted on to repeat “I’m Elmo and I Know It” on her phone for hours. But when times get tough and the stress of seeing Jilli go through treatments is too much for them to bear, they find that just visiting or playing with the girls can get them through.
Jillian’s strength keeps them both going. Coping with this disease is never easy, but they believe in the power of prayer to help get through some of the toughest of times. Chief of Public Affairs Aunt Paula and Special Ops Uncle Rob, our March 2014 Soldiers of the Month, we give you a Jillian’s Army SALUTE!!!
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Wristbands are available for online purchase and there are also local businesses where you can buy various designs. All proceeds go to the Moore family. Get yours here.