Michigan Native turns her fight against cancer into a fight to help and inspire others.
Leading into Breast Cancer Awareness Month
“Secret Cinema” movie event to benefit Jill’s Wish Foundation
Thursday, September 26th - Emagine Canton
(Bloomfield Hills, MI) - In 2009, one day before her 32nd birthday, former resident of Canton, Michigan, Jill Brzezinski Conley was diagnosed with invasive doctorial breast cancer. Sadly after 2 years of remission, in 2011, she learned that her cancer was back and was now stage 4 incurable breast cancer that metastasized in her sternum. She has taken her fight with this disease as an inspiration to help others. A “Secret Cinema” movie event will be hosted on Thursday; September 26th at Emagine Canton, where all proceeds will benefit the non-profit organization she has formed, the Jill’s Wish Foundation.
Since her diagnoses, she has gone through 16 rounds of grueling chemotherapy, 33 radiation treatments, 5 surgeries, including a double mastectomy and obtained countless medical bills. Through all of this, she has remained positive and started sharing her story with others, in hopes to help them through similar situations. Conley states, “I can honestly tell you that through this entire nightmare that I have gone through, I have never lost my wit and compelling determine to overcome, “The Beast”, not just once, but twice. So that is when I knew I had to had to do something to help others out there that are going through this horrible disease.”
Award winning, Australian photographer, Sue Bryce, heard her story and was so moved; she flew Jill to Paris for a photo shoot and created a short documentary called “The Light That Shines”. This video documentary went viral, gaining international recognition. Jill has been written about in several publications around the world, featured on NBC’s, “The Today Show”, various TV and radios shows across the country, and been approached by several product lines on partnering with her.
Jill realized what has helped her through all of this was family, friends and the love and companionship of her best friend and dog, Honey Bear. Through her own battles and experience, she became inspired and has started a non-profit organization, the Jill’s Wish Foundation and a special product line, Jillybean’s Barking Bones. Jill’s Wish is created to help patients and their families dealing with cancer minimize their financial struggles. Jillybean’s Barking Bones is an all-natural dog treat created where proceeds go to the Good Dog Therapy Foundation, an organization providing therapy dog service to people with health care needs.
A special event is being hosted in her hometown Canton, Michigan, to benefit the Jill’s Wish Foundation. Jill’s product line, Jillybean’s Barking Bones, distributed out of Louisville, Kentucky, has named, Narco, from the Westland Michigan’s K-9 Unit, the national mascot for the product. This special event will also mark Jill and Narco’s first meeting together and a launch for the product line.
Thursday, September 26th
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. (Raffle and auction)
Movie Event starts at 7:00 p.m.**
Emagine Canton (39535 Ford Rd.; Canton, MI )
**Movie event kicks off with the local premiere of Jill’s short documentary, “The Light That Shines” (run time approx. 15 minutes), followed by a “Secret Cinema” movie, which has been chosen by Jill. It is her favorite “dog” family friendly film (Rating PG).
Tickets are available at: www.emagine-entertainment.com
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Tickets are $5 and ALL proceeds will benefit the Jill’s Wish Foundation.