Jack McIlvar Obituary, Death – Recently, Jack’s fiancee Hannah told their tale, which struck a chord with many members of our community who have been through the tragedy of losing a loved one to a condition known as bone marrow failure syndrome. Not long after Hannah told her story, her father Darren encouraged Maddie’s Vision to submit an application for an Employee Connected Grant through the Community Chest Assistance Fund (CCAF). The Employee Connected Grant Program provides financial assistance to nonprofit organizations and community initiatives that are associated with Coca-Cola Australia employees.
It was an honor for us that the Canadian Cancer Assistance Fund (CCAF) chose Maddie’s Vision as one of its Employee Connected Grant Partners. As a result of this, the CCAF donated $10,000 to our Bone Marrow Biology Centre for Research Excellence to help fund research into bone marrow failure syndromes. With the assistance of this award, Maddie’s Vision will be able to push forward translational research on bone marrow failure syndrome, with the goals of enhancing diagnosis, locating more effective treatments, and finally discovering a solution.
“Like Jack, patients and families living with Bone Marrow Failure Syndrome need better options,” says Amy Coote, the CEO of Maddie’s Vision. “That’s why Maddie’s Vision is here.” In the fight against bone marrow failure syndromes, Maddie’s Vision will advocate for improved treatment and support options for all patients and families affected by these conditions. Thank you so much to CCAF for granting Maddie’s Vision this grant, and thank you also to Hannah and Darren for their remarkable devotion to raising awareness and essential funding for Bone Marrow Failure Syndrome research and assistance in memory of Jack.