Along with the event’s success, Ros Miller was recognized during the January 29, 2015 home game of the Tampa Bay Lighting as a Lightning Foundation Community Hero for her dedicated career of volunteering in the community and being the force behind Jillian’s Dream. The Community Hero Award comes with a $50,000 grant from Jeff Vinik, President of the Tampa Bay Lightning and his Foundation, which, in turn, will be presented to Moffitt Cancer Center’s Lung Cancer Center of Excellence and also to the Adolescent and Young Adult Center of Excellence for young people facing cancer.
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Dates for the 2nd annual Rappel for lung cancer research will be December 11 & 12, 2015 at Parmenter Realty Partner’s Island Center building on Rocky Point Drive, Tampa.
TAMPA, January 29, 2015 – Jillian’s Dream, a Tampa based non-profit initiative, working with Over the Edge USA raised over $136,000 for lung cancer research in their inaugural rappelling fundraiser! The 2-day event at the Parmenter Realty Partner’s Island Center sent 60 participants down the outside of the 13-story office building on December 12 & 13, 2014.
“We wanted to provide that once in a lifetime experience for our participants,” said Ros Miller, President of Jillian’s Dream. The funds raised go to Uniting Against Lung Cancer (UALC), a non-profit organization that awards grants for innovative research.
In memory of Jillian Miller, a non-smoker who lost her battle at age 29, Jillian’s Dream is fighting the stigma associated with lung cancer and raising awareness and critically needed funds for research. “Lung cancer is the least funded, the deadliest, and most misunderstood cancer. With the help of Over the Edge (OTE), we were able to provide a thrilling, empowering, and unforgettable experience,” shared Miller.
Media coverage and participation was incredible. Five on air personalities from media sponsor WTSP descended besides Marketing Directors from newsprint sponsor, The Tampa Bay Times. Additionally, Daredevil Reko Rivera, an American Ninja Warrior contestant, along with Batman, Spiderman, and the Tampa Bay Lightning Thunderbug excited the crowd. Inspiration came from members of VetSports when 6 wounded warriors took their turns as well.