As part of The Gallery Collection’s charitable donation program, we recently donated 250 Birthday cards and 250 Sympathy cards to The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation (FOJ) mission is to help improve the quality of life of children battling pediatric brain tumors and their families.
In 2004, 9-year-old Jaclyn Murphy was diagnosed with a medulloblastoma, a malignant brain tumor. In 2005 Jaclyn became connected to and later adopted as an honorary member of the Northwestern Women’s lacrosse team. Jaclyn’s strength, courage, and joy for life inspired the players, and they in turn inspired Jaclyn. Later that same year the Murphy Family started The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation so that other children battling pediatric brain tumors can have the same wonderful experience that Jaclyn had.
FOJ pairs up children and their families battling pediatric brain tumors with college and high school sports teams. The teams give these children love, support and friendship as they fight this devastating disease. They celebrate each day by creating lasting relationships between student athletes, the child, and their families. This greatly improves the quality of life for children with brain tumors, as well as those who support them.
For more information about the The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, and how you can help, please visit their website at http://www.friendsofjaclyn.org/.