Life is one of those words in humanity’s dialect that is much denser than its given definition perceives. From a linguistic perspective, life encompasses many things on a paradoxical spectrum. It is a culmination of wonderful things like joy, happiness, serenity, and light; however, life does not limit itself to just positivity. Unfortunately, it tends to bring forth sorrow, unforeseen hardships, adversity, and darkness.
Perhaps the frequent highs and lows, the successes and struggles are why life is so popularly compared to a roller coaster ride. But do you know what else life has in common with roller coaster rides? People. In making this simile a thematical point, life is one continuous roller coaster ride that we are all experiencing for the first time. The unpredictable twists and turns, subtle risings and swift droppings that you encounter are not isolated because there are others on the same ride who will encounter those exact extremities by your side. Because no one should have to feel alone on their ride, the impact of people moving towards a unified direction is beyond measure.
One of the most difficult drops to experience in life happens to also be one of the most common. Eye-opening research from the American Cancer Society states that cancer will affect one out of every two males and one out of every three females at some point during their lifetimes. While modern medicine vigorously makes leaps and bounds to close the gap on cancer’s edge, simply relying on scientific avenues alone are not good enough. It requires people coming together and establishing organizations like The Jillian Fund to truly make a difference in the lives of those going through the downward parts of their ride.
The Jillian Fund is a charitable organization created by George Gorman in honor of his daughter, Jillian Gorman. Approximately eight years ago, Jillian was shocked by a diagnosis which read that she had developed an aggressive form of blood cancer. Though courageously and valiantly fought, she lost her three-and-a-half-year battle with cancer. Understanding that no child should fight this battle alone, George started the organization as a way to help out families who are burdened from such tragedies; therefore, the organization’s objective is to provide financial support for families during times of life-threatening crises to allow them to focus on supporting their sick children.
The ride of life is already a daunting and challenging task in itself; therefore, no one should have to endure it alone. The power of community formed by people willing to make a positive impact and lessening the burden on others cannot be properly valued. It is because of people that life – through the highs and lows – is defined. Life may be good at times and it may be bad at times, but because of people and organizations like The Jillian Fund, life is ultimately defined as beautiful.