Donor Stories

Jill Just Wants 2 Help

In 2008, at the age of 20, Jillian Aggie Siegel, a sophomore at Penn State, Main Campus, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) during her final semester exams. Acute myeloid leukemia is cancer that starts inside bone marrow, the soft tissue inside bones that helps form blood cells. The cancer grows from cells that would normally turn into white blood cells.

Jill persevered through months of treatments in the hope that she would be able to be given a second chance at life through a bone marrow transplant. She coped with courage; never losing her resolve. Jill was determined that through her own illness she could help others. From her hospital bed, she spent her time raising funds for a charity that supports childhood cancer.

Sadly, in February 2009, Jillian Aggie Siegel lost her battle. Watching her and other adolescents in the hospital suffer through the arduous process of trying to conquer the disease, Jill's parents saw the financial and emotional toll that the disease takes on the families of the patients. It is in Jill's memory that her parents Phil and Nancy set up Jill Just Wants 2 Help, a public charity organized to assist those families.

Jill Just Wants 2 Help partnered with Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) to provide financial resources for the families of young adults suffering from leukemia. Their long-term goal is to establish Jill's House, a supportive housing facility, in close proximity to HUP, for patients undergoing treatment and their families.

To become part of this special endeavor, make a gift to the Jill Just Wants to Help Fund.

Read more about JJW2H by visiting their website -