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Jill Just Wants 2 Help has been recognized by The Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) Patient and Family Services!

As part of our mission, JJW2H directs that the interest earned on the endowed fund at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania be used to offset any non-medical expenses for low-income individuals undergoing cancer treatments at the Hospital with a goal to ease related financial and emotional burdens.

Thanks to the commitment and financial support of so many, some semblance of relief is being provided to those individuals and families who are unable to afford the related, non-medical expenses of dealing with cancer.

We are very excited to report that in 2015, four patients were able to be placed in hotels during clinical trials. Two recipients were young patients who were here with their parents and could not afford another hotel stay.

Rob and Katya Siegel

In addition, the ACC Patient and Family Services Department has been able to provide taxi service to numerous patients who would otherwise have to take public transportation following treatments.

ACC Patient and Family Services shared with us the following, "There are many patients who come to Penn Medicine because this is the 'last chair back' or 'last resort'. In addition to suffering from their progressive disease, the treatments can be painful, debilitating and frequent. Chemotherapy can be either once a week or three times a week, and radiation therapy is often a daily treatment.

Most struggle to work and keep their jobs while they endure cancer and its effects, often just to keep their insurance so they can continue treatments. The help from Jill Just Wants 2 Help has allowed patients who are low on resources to maintain some income, dignity and independence while coming to treatment. They can take a cab instead of a bus, after enduring a four-hour treatment. They don't always have to rely on the 'kindness of strangers' to get back and forth and they can maintain a semblance of dignity and independence. We see, all the time, that when people are down, sometimes support from family and friends vanish or diminish over time. It's not easy to have to swallow your pride to ask for help when you are sick. This financial support from Jill Just Wants 2 Help provides safe and comfortable transportation and hotel stays, after grueling treatments. It is priceless and invaluable."

In 2016 and beyond, our focus will continue to be on growing our endowed fund with the ultimate goal of building a residence for low-income individuals in need of lodging during treatment. In the interim, each taxi voucher and each hotel stay brings us one step closer to meeting Jill's wish to help others.

Thank you!

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A Thank You Message
from Katya and Rob

Dear Friends,

Rob and Katya SiegelWe would like to thank you again for your kind and generous donation to Jill Just Wants 2 Help (JJW2H) on behalf of our running of the Flaming June Half Marathon in Cambridge, England on June 7th. As you know, this non-profit organization is near and dear to our hearts and contributes to such a worthy cause. Jillian was a beautiful girl who touched the lives of many before she was lost to leukemia at the young age of twenty. By contributing, you are helping to provide assistance to families with children and young adults undergoing cancer treatment.

Rob and Katya SiegelThe race was a lot of “fun” and we managed to finish in a little over two hours. We are certain that Jillian was watching over us because why else would it have been such a beautiful day with warm sunshine. Such weather is normally welcomed in England unless of course one is wearing a polyester superhero costume and running thirteen miles. Nevertheless, the superheroes prevailed with limited complaining and a great many laughs and support from the race spectators. With your help we raised over nine thousand dollars for JJW2H!!

Thank you so much and we hope to see you all very soon!

Love,
Katya and Rob

Meet Katya and Rob Siegel!

Hello everyone!

Rob and Katya Siegel We will be participating in The Flaming June Half Marathon taking place on Sunday 7th June in Cambridge, England. We will be running in support of Jill Just Wants 2 Help (JJW2H), a great cause that holds a special place close to our hearts! JJW2H was created by the Siegel Family in memory of Jillian Siegel, who lost her battle with acute myeloid leukemia at the age of 20. Established in 2009, the organization's mission is to raise money for a dedicated endowment fund at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, with the goal of building a home that will provide shelter and support to families whose children are receiving care at the hospital. JJW2H celebrates Jill's extraordinary spirit and lifelong devotion to making a difference.

Dressing up in costume for a race has become somewhat of a tradition in Britain…Hence, we decided to tackle our race as superheroes in an effort to raise as much as possible for a charity that means so much to us and our families. Jill exemplified courage each day that she was sick and will be remembered by those who knew her as the real hero.

Please wish us luck in this half marathon and we sincerely appreciate your support! Love,
Katya and Rob
To make a donation in support of Katya and Rob’s run, please visit: http://givingpages.upenn.edu/KatyaAndRob

2014 Gore-Tex®
Philadelphia Marathon

November 21- 23, 2014

Philadelphia Marathon logo For the second year, Jill Just Wants 2 Help (JJW2H) has been selected by the GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon as an official Charity Partner for the 2014 race.

Ranked as a top ten marathon nationally, the GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon continues to grow impressively each year. The annual race attracts everyone from casual runners to world-class athletes, and boasts one of the fastest and most attractive courses in the country. Race Weekend events include: the Health & Fitness Expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (11/21 & 11/22), Rothman Institute 8K (11/22), Kids Fun Run (11/22), and GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon and Half Marathon (11/23).

We would like to acknowledge and thank our 2014 runners - Marian Rossi, Rich McCloskey and Melinda Salmon. All three are experienced racers and JJW2H is fortunate to have this group raising funds for the organization. Learn more about our runners and please support their efforts and contribute by visiting:

  • Melinda Salmon
  • Marian Rossi
  • Rich McCloskey
  • Contributions raised by our racers have gone to a dedicated endowment fund at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, with the goal of building a home that will provide shelter and support to families whose children are receiving care at the hospital. Until this residence can be built, interest earned on the Fund serves a vital role in providing financial assistance to families trying to meet every day needs while caring for a child in the hospital.



    Welcome to JJW2H

    Jill Just Wants 2 Help (JJW2H) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing assistance to families with children and young adults undergoing cancer treatment. Created in 2009 in memory of Jillian Siegel, the organization’s mission captures her extraordinary spirit and lifelong devotion to making a difference.

    Contributions to JJW2H go to a dedicated endowment fund at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, with the goal of building Jill’s House, a home that will provide shelter and support to families whose children are receiving care at the hospital. Until Jill’s House can be built, interest earned on the Fund serves a vital role in providing financial assistance to families trying to meet every day needs while caring for a child in the hospital.


    Blue Bell coupleSat, Nov. 6, 2010 - Blue Bell couple continues daughter's work in nonprofit to help families of seriously ill - By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer

    Blue Bell couple The moment when Phil and Nancy Siegel realized their daughter had found a new calling came in a hospital room. Jillian A. Siegel, 20, was battling acute myeloid leukemia at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, but the Pennsylvania State University sophomore was working the phones and writing letters to help organize Thon, the giant annual charity dance marathon at her school. "We thought, 'We've got to stop this, she's got to rest,' " said Nancy Siegel, of Blue Bell. "But then we thought, this is the passion that you want your child to have."
    Photo by LAURENCE KESTERSON / Inquirer Staff Photographer
    Read the full story at Philly.com