September Jay Fund Hero – Elizabeth Forte

Today’s Jay Fund Hero – Elizabeth Forte More than a year has passed since 6-year-old Elizabeth Forte completed treatment for acute lympholastic leukemia (ALL). She’s cancer free, but like so many other kids, Elizabeth has irreversible brain damage and educational difficulties, as a result of the cancer.  The long-term effects of cancer and its treatment are still unknown.  What we …

September Jay Fund Hero – CPL Derrek Bedaro

Today’s Jay Fund Hero – Derrek Bedaro New Jersey native, Derrek Bedaro was 12 years old when he was diagnosed with B-Cell Lymphoma.  He never imagined that he wouldn’t beat it.  Not only did he beat it, he’s become a true American hero! Nominated by his best friend and fellow die-hard New York Giants fan, Peter Zappella said it best: “My …

September Jay Fund Hero – Carli Schiefen

Today’s Jay Fund Hero – Carli Schiefen When a child is diagnosed with cancer, it has a profound effect on the entire family. While parents, family and friends are understandably focused on the care of the ill child, the healthy children may feel isolated, helpless and often times feel their needs are being neglected.  Activities may be reduced or eliminated (i.e. …

September Cancer Hero Kick Off – Honoring Jay McGillis

Today we kick off our September Hero’s Childhood Cancer Campaign, where we’ll be honoring a different hero everyday this month.  Thanks to the many submissions and inspiring stories of the (too) many people who have been affected by childhood cancer.  If you’d like to nominate a hero, it’s not too late!  Just send a message to the Tom Coughlin Jay …

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Childhood Cancer Month. Families, caregivers, research groups and the Jay Fund observe September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. In the U.S., almost 13,000 children under the age of 21 are diagnosed with cancer every year; approximately 1/4 of them will not survive the disease. A diagnosis turns the lives of the entire family upside down. The objective of …

How to Talk to Your Child About Pediatric Cancer

Cancer is confusing. It’s hard to find the words that will help a child cope, and children themselves often don’t know how to voice all the questions they have inside. With thanks to cancer.net, below are recommendations on how to talk to your child about pediatric cancer. What to tell your child What you tell your child will depend on …

Travis Manion Run – Honor the Fallen By Challenging the Living

Travis Manion Run | 9-11 Heroes Run September 7, 2013 at Creekside High School in St.  Johns, Florida (Jacksonville) We’re honored that the Travis Manion Foundation has chosen the Jay Fund as their charity of choice again for this year’s 9-11 Heroes Run, where a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Jay Fund.  Please come out and support the Heroes Run and …

Recommended Books for Kids with Cancer

The Jay Fund has put together a list of recommended books for kids with cancer and their families.  Many of us already know that children can get cancer in the same parts of the body as adults, but there are plenty of  differences and symptoms and treatment depend on the cancer type and how advanced it is. Treatment may include …