CANCER FREE as of April 2, 2014
The battle continues with Immunotherapy which their insurance company has indicated that they will not cover.
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 – April 2014
Krystal Simpson and Will Bane aka “Willstal”
by Paula Woolman
Our April 2014 Soldiers of the Month are Krystal Simpson and Will Bane, also known by their power couple name, “Willstal”.
Will works for General Dad, Jesse Moore, at Mercedes-Benz of Henderson. His girlfriend, Krystal, became aware of Jillian’s diagnosis through Will. The diagnosis of a 3-year-old with stage 4 cancer hit home for Krystal. At 22 years old, Krystal was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Due to the size of the tumor, it was initially inoperable and she immediately began six months of chemotherapy treatment. At this time, Krystal and Will had only been dating for two months, and as Krystal explains it she “offered him an out”. Being that Will was also in his early 20s and the relationship was new, most people wouldn’t question if he decided to take the out. Since Krystal was diagnosed in 2010 we can safely assume he declined said out, which says more about his character than anything else could.
Once Krystal regained her health, she continued as an advocate for cancer research and became involved with cancer charity work. Last year, she was named an Honored Hero of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and has participated in their Light The Night Walk every year. Upon learning of Jillian’s diagnosis, she set up a fundraiser called Generosity for Jillian. With the help of friends and family, Krystal and Will raised over $1600 for the Moore family to assist with Jillian’s medical bills. Will and Krystal also organized a fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings which included a raffle, t-shirt sales, and wristband sales, with a percentage of the profits from the attendees’ meals going to Jillian. Krystal also commissioned the production of amazing videos telling the story of Jillian and her fight. In addition to working a full-time job and performing charity work, Krystal has attended UNLV and will receive her degree in Marriage & Family Therapy this May.
More importantly than the financial assistance and the raising of Childhood Cancer and Neuroblastoma awareness, is the role that Krystal and Will now play in Jillian’s life. Will and Krystal are now a part of the Moore family. Krystal is a mentor to Jillian, and when you see them together there is a bond that is impossible to explain. Krystal’s mom put it best in a Facebook post and photo from February: “My daughter, Krystal, hugging Jillian, a little girl with cancer, just getting home from a rough hospital stay. My daughter fell in love with Jillian after battling cancer herself. I have never seen such love on my daughters face…this picture captured pure and selfless love and I cry whenever I look at it. When only they can understand without any words…”
At the risk of sounding like an old person, Will and Krystal are the kind of people that give you faith in the younger generation. They give up their time, money, and most importantly their hearts. If there can be a blessing to Jillian’s cancer diagnosis, it is seeing the good in people and having people like Krystal and Will enter your life. Their visits and presence lift Jillian’s spirits, which as we all know is the most important thing anyone can offer as Jilli fights this terrible disease. Will Bane and Krystal Simpson, “Willstal”, our April 2014 Soldiers of the Month, we give you a Jillian’s Army double 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.