Hello Troops! Yesterday marked the 1 year anniversary that our Jillian was declared NED! Such sweet words, no evidence of disease. We celebrated this milestone with a special night at Chuck E Cheese. She has been asking to go there for over a year and now and it seems like now is the best time to give her this treat. She even made a new friend there!
I apologize for failing to post yesterday as the day of celebration was tarnished slightly by the loss of our beloved dog Sahvin.
Sahvin was our mischievous, blue eyed princess. I fell in love with this wild Siberian Husky 15 years ago when I adopted her from the shelter. But she lived to be 16 1/2 and had a great life. My heart literally broke yesterday when we had to make “the decision”. Multiple seizures left her unable to maintain any quality of life. The girls are coping with her loss in their own way. Jillian said, “oh Sahvin died? She is gone? Poor Sahvin” and continued on playing. Sienna took it a bit harder. She had a special bond with this dog. But she seems ok knowing that Sahvin has gone to heaven and is reunited with her brother Hasek whom we lost right after Jilli was diagnosed. Now we just have our Roxy dog; she will be spoiled rotten. It has taken it’s toll on me in ways I didn’t expect. I had gotten so used to giving daily meds to Jilli and Sahvin. Now, with Sahvin gone and Jilli no longer on any medications, I am contstantly feeling like I am forgetting to do something.
I am trying my best to put and end to two chapters of life and focus on a new one. A chapter with only one dog (for now) and a cancer free life. Back to trying to find another “new normal”. Life is all about change and we all have to learn to adjust. I thank you all for your continued love and support. Now let us move forward and conquer the day!
The second quarter of the year is upon us. As we mentioned earlier this year, the Moore’s “wish” is to shift the financial focus of Jillian’s Army over to serve the greater good. In addition to the need to raise research money for neuroblastoma and other childhood cancers, there is also a need to support those children that are currently in their fight. For those kids, like Jillian, there isn’t time to wait for research to bring a cure or less toxic treatments. They are forced to fight now, often against the odds. An organization who helps to bring some joy and hope to those kids and their families is Make-A-Wish.
When Jillian was first diagnosed and gravely ill, she would tell you that she was going to go to Disney when she gets “all better”. Thanks to Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada, Jillian wished to go to Disney World and that wish came true. You can read the story of her wish, as it is currently featured on the Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada website.
Her trip had to be postponed once due to the timing of treatment and necessary recovery time, but eventually her wish came true in spectacular fashion. Jillian and her family met tons of Disney characters including the main mouse himself, Mickey!
Make-A-Wish is recognized as one of the top 10 charities in three areas: trust, in nonprofits that people are most likely to support in the future, and in brand equity. This good reputation is well earned with 75% of all funds raised going directly to wish granting*. The remaining funds go to fundraising efforts, the management and office staff. A vast majority of their funding goes right where it should – to granting wishes. The best part is that these wishes make a difference! 89% of nurses, doctors, social workers and child life specialists surveyed believe the wish experience can influence kids’ physical health. 79% of adult former wish kids confirm that their wish experience marked a turning point in treatment and recovery.*
From now until the end of June, Make-A-Wish is our Jillian’s Army featured organization. Jillian’s Army is proud to support Make-A-Wish and we are forever grateful for the wish that was granted to Jillian. We hope that you will consider donating directly to them via their website Thank you again for your love and support of both Jillian and all the kids who have been diagnosed with cancer or will be diagnosed in the future. SALUTE!
* Information from Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada.
We had such an exciting and busy weekend. Friday was a fun filled birthday for Jillian’s aunt (and my talented, awesome, smart, witty Chief of Public Affairs) the one and only Paula.
After a fun filled night of cake and karaoke, we had an amazing Saturday morning with the fantastic folks at Make A Wish of Southern Nevada. So many incredible businesses and people came out to Town Square to participate in the Walk For Wishes. General Dad’s employer Mercedes Benz of Henderson proudly lent out a convertible to be the pace car for the race. I got to ride on top with Jilli and Sienna as we led to participants through the route. I had a blast!
Today was back to the busy, hectic life I live. She is supposed to start kindergarten in the fall. But there are some concerns about placing her in a public school with some of the things she has been through. She is showing some signs of immaturity in comparison to other kids her age. And with the public school system going full day kindergarten I am very stressed about how she will do in that environment. So I sought the help of a group called Child Find. Jillian has been through a number of assessments by their experts and today was the big day for us to get results. They have determined that Jillian is eligible for and IEP (individualized education plan). This IEP will not only be good for the remainder of this school year (pre-k) but for kindergarten as well. Due to her medical condition (cancer treatment) and a hearing impairment she is protected by the ADA. General Dad and I are very happy by the outcome of this meeting. This will ensure that Jillian will not get lost in the crowd and she will get the specialized education she needs to get caught up to where she needs to be. I am just hoping that she will still be able to attend the same school as Sienna next year. We will know more in the next couple of days.
Meanwhile Jillian has a cardiology appointment to check her heart and the all important surgery to remove her port on Friday. Send the positive energy and prayers for a good week and smooth surgery. Thank you all so much!
Before we say goodnight on this first day of spring, we must wish a very special person “Happy Birthday”!!
Jillian’s aunt Paula celebrates a milestone birthday today. We love you and appreciate all you do! SALUTE!
Jillian’s Army supports TheTruth365 in their selfie campaign to tell the National Cancer Institute that kids are worth more than 4% of all cancer research funding.
You can help by sharing this photo and/or posting your own selfie on social media with the hashtags #MoreThan4 and #JilliansArmy. You can also tweet it to @theNCI and email it to NCIadvocacy@NIH.mail.gov
There is a flyer available for you to print out at http://4sqclobberscancer.com/on-capital-hill/morethanfour/
This is a great chance to send a powerful message. Our kids are worth so much #MoreThan4
Today our warrior had a very important appointment. We met with Dr. Fiore, the surgeon who put Jillian’s port in at the beginning of her fight. It has been scheduled… The removal of her life saving port. March 27th is the big day. This truly signifies the end of her cancer treatment. Of course we will still need to check her labs often and have scans regularly. If this beast returns we need to know as early as we can. But this will be it… The port will be removed in a matter of weeks!
Thank you all for your love and support!
by Paula Woolman
Thank you all for your continued love and support. We are once again overwhelmed at the messages and comments we’ve received after the announcement that Jillian’s latest scans confirmed that she is still in NED (No Evidence of Disease) status. The Moore Family has felt so blessed by both the emotional and financial support that they have received since July 2013, when Jillian was first diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma. Although the battle is never really over, the Moores feel that it is time to shift the financial focus of Jillian’s Army over to serve the greater good. We will still provide updates on Jillian and her family, but any funds raised will no longer be used by the family for Jillian’s medical costs. They have decided to bear the burden on their own, with the hopes of Jillian remaining forever cancer free.
The unfortunate reality of neuroblastoma and other childhood cancers is that they do not receive the funding they deserve. Not only is research underfunded, but the general public is unaware of the extent and the reach of childhood cancer. It is generally thought that these diseases are rare and very unlikely to impact someone’s own life. If in any small way Jillian’s Army can help change these perceptions, then that is what we intend to do. For each of the four quarters of the calendar year, we will feature a charitable organization related to childhood cancer. If anyone donates through the Jillian’s Army site or purchases merchandise, the proceeds will go to the featured organization. The only charges we will take out are any actual shipping costs and eBay/credit card transaction fees.
Dr. Bernstein getting his head shaved.
Our first featured organization is St. Baldrick’s Foundation. This is an amazing charity that has raised significant amounts of money for Childhood Cancer research and support. One of the current recipients of a St. Baldrick’s grant is none other that Jillian’s own oncologist Dr. Jonathan Bernstein, M.D. better known as “Dr. B”. That grant will specifically be used to provide necessary resources for the Long Term Follow-up Program at his office, which enhances research while providing childhood cancer survivors the support, treatment and education they need to prevent and address side effects from their treatment. In addition to the grant, Dr. B is also a “shavee” in a yearly St. Baldrick’s event where he sacrifices his own hair to raise money for the organization. This year’s shave takes place on February 22nd, you can donate directly through the link on the Jillian’s Army website.
In 2014, St. Baldrick’s raised 38.9 million dollars, and this year’s total is currently at 3.3 million at the time of this writing. They use 79.5 percent of the money they raise for Childhood Cancer Research, 17.5 percent goes to fundraising efforts, and the remaining 2.8 percent is for management and general expenses. They are committed to “filling the gap” in funding for childhood cancers as only 4 percent of federal cancer research funds are used for all the types of childhood cancer combined. Adults get cancer more often than children do, so that is where the majority funding goes.
Jillian’s Army is proud to support St. Baldrick’s and we hope that you will consider either donating directly to them, or purchasing some of the Jillian’s Army merchandise that we have available in the online store. Thank you again for your love and support of both Jillian and all the kids who have been diagnosed with cancer or will be diagnosed in the future. SALUTE!
** I would also like to send wishes for a very Happy Birthday to our very own Commander In Chief Momma, Amber Moore. Jillian’s Army knows that they wouldn’t be sitting here reading about “The Road Ahead” if CIC Momma didn’t fight along side our warrior during this entire battle. On behalf of Jillian’s Army, I wish Amber a year of happiness, love, and health for all those who are important to her. Jillian’s Army means alot to her so that wish is going right back out to all of you. SALUTE! **
After an agonizing week/weekend of waiting, the scan results are in! Our warrior Jillian remains Cancer Free! I just so happened to get an email from the Patient Portal (an online collection of electronic health info I signed Jilli up for at Sunrise hospital.) I had completely forgot about this and to my surprise, her scan results were in there! I’m just glad I was able to locate the pamphlet with her login & password. It’s like a huge weight has been lifted off all our chests… We can breathe again!
Neuroblastoma… You can suck it! Our baby remains free from this monster, hopefully FOREVER!
To all our troops out there praying and sending your positive energy… It worked THANK YOU!
Peace, love and white light!