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The J Foundation: Supporting Families Facing Leukemia

Updated: Aug 31, 2023


In 2023, we established The J Foundation with a purpose to provide support and raise awareness for families affected by Leukemia. Our inspiration behind this foundation is our beloved niece, Jocelyn, who has been bravely battling this disease. Tragically, Jocelyn lost her mother in 2020 and her older sister in 2016, making these challenging times even more difficult for our family.

Supporting Families:

One of the primary goals of The J Foundation is to provide support to families navigating the challenges that come with a Leukemia diagnosis. We understand first-hand the emotional, physical, and financial burdens that families face during such difficult times.

Pictured: Jocelyn and Dana at John Hopkins during cancer treatment

Financial Assistance:

Donations play a crucial role in enabling us to provide financial assistance to families affected by Leukemia. Medical bills, treatments, and supportive care can place an immense strain on families already grappling with the emotional toll of the disease. With the support of generous donations, we can help alleviate some of these financial burdens, ensuring that families can focus on the well-being of their loved ones.

Raising Funds:

To carry out our mission effectively, we rely on the generosity of individuals, organizations, and corporations. Donations can be made through our website, and we encourage everyone to contribute whatever they can. Every donation, no matter the size, makes a difference and helps us continue supporting families affected by Leukemia.

Spreading the Word:

In addition to financial contributions, spreading awareness about The J Foundation is crucial. Share our mission and stories with your friends, family, and colleagues. Together, we can create a ripple effect of support, making a positive impact on the lives of families facing Leukemia.

Your donations and support are instrumental in helping us continue our mission. Join us in supporting families like Jocelyn's, because together, we can make a difference.

About our Family:

Our family has been enduring significant hardships for years, grappling with unfortunate circumstances that have taken a toll on us emotionally. The weight of these challenges has become increasingly draining, impacting our day-to-day lives and placing immense pressure on us to succeed.

Our family's story is one of resilience, perseverance, and the pursuit of a fresh start. Raised by Italian immigrants in New York, we eventually found ourselves seeking a new beginning in the sunny state of Florida. However, our journey has not been without its challenges. We have faced the devastating impact of addiction, which tragically resulted in the passing of our beloved sister, Jenna, in 2020. This heart-wrenching journey began with a car accident that left her oldest daughter, Julianna, with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Caring for Julianna, both emotionally and financially, became our family's top priority.

Pictured: Our Mother Fran Rizzo, Dana's Daughter's Brittany & Brinaye,

Michelle, Jenna and Jenna's daughters Jayda and Julianna.

Our last family photo before the accident.

In addition to financial struggles, we have also faced health issues within the family. Dealing with long-term illnesses and medical expenses has been a constant source of worry and anxiety. The emotional toll of witnessing our loved ones battle with their health has been overwhelming, leaving us feeling drained and exhausted.

The pressure to succeed has only exacerbated these challenges. Society's expectations, coupled with our own internal drive for success, have created a constant sense of urgency and an unrelenting fear of failure.

The J Foundation was founded by sisters Dana and Michelle who recently left the corporate world to find their passion in the Real Estate and Interior Design industry. While they have struggled to gain momentum, they are not slowing down. Despite the difficulties they have faced, Dana and Michelle are determined to continue forging ahead with their dreams and ambitions.




Pictured: Julianna before the accident


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