JEN'S THANK YOU ALLIANCE
by Marlon Katsigazi
Your neighbor might be facing a mountain of pain, help them rise above the mountain, like the sun. Give them a ray of hope.
I got in touch with these wonderful group of people, and I absolutely love what they are doing.
They believe that young adults are the future leaders, and ensure they do not have limitations when pursuing their dreams.
Jen was a fabulous human being who passed away due to cancer, and later on this organization was formed, in remembrance of her wonderful character. Jen was an angel.
"Despite her prognosis, pain and constant treatment, Jen had a spirit of humility, compassion and gratefulness. Jennifer showed that spirit to those who served her. From the beginning of her treatment and hospital stays, “thank you” was her bread and butter statement. So simple in nature, yet, so powerful in the world of relationship building. No matter the circumstance, JTYA’s about being thankful. That is why this organization is called Jen’s THANK YOU Alliance."
To sustain and grow the organization locally, nationally, and internationally by directly providing financial, inspirational and educational resources to those individuals in need.
Young adults after a cancer diagnosis often feel isolated in many different areas when undergoing treatments and remission periods.
I love their vision, they are trying to make a difference in the world. Breaking a negative trend and giving hope to those in need. I always say every human being is special, and can do marvelous things in this world.
Diagnosed with cancer, young adults often find many new challenges:
-Often just starting a family or career, possibly in a new town or city.
-May not know where to find financial, inspirational or educational resources quickly.
-Forces many young adults to prematurely face their own mortality.
-May not have sufficient health insurance and cannot afford “not” to work.
-Often feel isolated and alone, or they don’t believe they can have cancer at their age.
-Peers are unlikely to know how to react or support someone who has cancer.
JTYA attempts to bridge this gap by providing needed services in times of urgency. The organization will continue to work with local communities to be used as a resource for young adult cancer survivors.
The JTYA team are precious, and are doing an excellent job.