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A Word From Our Founder “How did you do it?” is a question I am asked frequently when sharing my personal story with childhood cancer. My answer is always the same: “With lots of prayer and support from my fellow cancer friends.” During Jay’s battle, we crossed paths with so many other cancer families. No matter our age, color, family dynamics, or background, we were always fast friends and shared a common bond weaved through our children. Being around others just like us brought a comfort that is hard to describe. When Jason and I began Jay’s HOPE almost ten years ago, we wanted to create a sense of community among the families we served. Each month, Jay’s HOPE hosts a fun event for our families to get together and fellowship. I have heard several moms describe Jay’s HOPE as a “safe place” where kiddos feel normal and there are no questions about hair loss or scars. A place where moms and dads can compare treatment protocols, share tips on managing side effects, and giggle over how Kraft macaroni and chocolate milkshakes are now considered a nutritious meal. A place where siblings are loved on and reminded that they are important too. Above all else, families find a place where tears are okay and unexpected joy is abundant. As we reflect on the past year and plan for the next, we want to take a moment to share with you our latest HOPE at Work. In these pages, you will see firsthand the impact God has allowed us to make through relationships and community. It truly is a beautiful thing! To all the businesses, foundations, civic groups, schools, and individuals who have given of your time and treasure this year, we can’t thank you enough for your support. We couldn’t do what we do without you. In HOPE,

Cindy Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people. Philemon 1:7

They have become a lifeline, a friend to call anytime, and a link to other cancer families. Nicole, Luke's mom



Meet Our Team CHRIST IE


Christie Johnson

Community Relations Coordinator


Stephanie Steinbart Development Director


Cindy Gaskins

Co-Founder/Executive Director

Kelley Land

Office Administrator

2014/15 Board of Directors Jason Gaskins

Dr. Candi James

Jim Henderson

Lisa Hays

Co-Founder/President Financial Advisor at Peachtree Planning Vice President Vice President at BB&T Insurance; Member of Macon Civic Club

Jenn Wilson

Jay’s HOPE Art Therapist; Vice President at TGW Designs

Medical Director at Healthways; Hospital Endocrinologist at Navicent Health Family Service Counselor & Funeral Service Apprentice at Watson-Hunt Funeral Home; Mistletoe Market Chairman at Balvaunuca Club of Perry

Michael Jones

Vice President of Ken’s; Member of the Macon Chamber of Commerce

Eric Kimble Hunt

Attorney at Law; President of Horne & Hunt Trial Lawyers

Jed L. Jessup

Sales Executive at The Travelers Insurance Company; Founding Member of Young Supporters for Jay’s HOPE

Rusty McLain

Owner and Operator of McLain Farms

Amber P. Lawson, D.M.D.

Owner and Operator of Signature Dentistry

Give Your Resources

Become a GEM Today! jayshope.org/become-a-jays-hope-g-e-m

Go the distance for our Jay’s HOPE kiddos every month by joining our pledge program! Givers Every Month is a new program that allows our donors to stand in the gap for our families. Each month, over 75% of our local children travel more than 100 miles to treatment, and the need for gas, food, and lodging assistance is very great.

Give Your Time Becoming a volunteer for Jay’s HOPE is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have! From working in the office to helping at a family event, we have a place for everyone who wishes to make a difference in the lives of our Jay’s HOPE kiddos.

The Jay’s HOPE Foundation is a place where HOPE shines through grief and creates a sanctuary for everyone it ministers to. I hold these precious children near and dear to my heart. For me, serving the Jay’s HOPE families is about seeing smiles on their faces as they light the world with brightness. The laughs, tears of joy, and inspiration that Jay’s HOPE has given me have shaped me into who I am today. My involvement there is a constant reminder of the HOPE I live for.

Jay’s HOPE has brought many magnificent people into my life. The staff, my fellow volunteers, and the families inspire my faith every time I am around them. How could you not feel God’s presence when you see children who are battling cancer trust God despite their circumstances? Jay’s HOPE is a support system that surrounds these families with people who become the hands and feet of God for each child. It is an honor to be part of this organization.




Lymphoma Our journey with Luke’s diagnosis began with the Jay’s HOPE ladies by our side in our hospital room. Since that first moment, they have become a lifeline, a friend to call anytime, and a link to other cancer families. We especially enjoy attending their social events every month. While my children play in a safe environment, I can talk with other parents. We feel each other’s pain and have similar frustrations. I meet families at all different points of their childhood cancer journeys. Because of Jay’s HOPE, no matter the outcome of our battle, we will be stronger for it. I believe Jay’s HOPE should be included in every pediatric oncology family’s treatment plan. We rely so easily on the medicinal form to heal our sickness, but Jay’s HOPE provides a healing power that NO drug company can replicate.

Luke’s Mom

Treasure Box Toys

Our Top 5 Needs

Coloring Books and Crayons


Lymphoma What I love about Jay’s HOPE is that THEY came to US and were never pushy. After our diagnosis, they immediately reached out by sending us bags full of gas cards, gift cards, toys, and more to the hospital. We received mail that encouraged us and informed us of events. All the while, they respected our situation. I remember our first event last October. We had just gotten out of the hospital and didn’t know what to expect. It was amazing! We were blown away that so many people knew our names and our story. We were hooked from that day forward. These monthly social events are something we look forward to. They are a time for Kylei’s siblings to get involved and to be given the special attention that they often seem to lack as a result of having a sister with cancer. I love that ALL my children are considered special at Jay’s HOPE. Jay’s HOPE is the silver lining in a world filled with clouds. It’s more than a service; it’s a personal relationship.

Kylei’s Mom PrePackaged Snacks

New Children’s Pajamas

Gas and Grocery Cards

2014 Family Support: Your Dollars at Work


The mission of Jay's HOPE is to

improve the quality-of-life of children with cancer and their families in Georgia by extending HOPE through social, emotional, spiritual, educational, and financial support.

At Jay’s HOPE, we are blessed to be called to stand in the gap with our local families as they battle childhood cancer. We call this the Circle of HOPE. Play Therapy The Jay’s HOPE office has a large play therapy room where patients and siblings can escape the hospital setting and relax while engaging in a number of age-appropriate activities. We also frequently visit our hospital-bound children and provide respite for our parents.

Tutorial Services We have an amazing and compassionate teacher who works with our students. She helps parents work with the school to develop individual educational plans, and she works in the local hospital home-bound system.

Family Events Connecting our families through monthly social activities expands their support systems, offers encouragement, alleviates feelings of isolation, and creates lasting relationships.

Family Resource Center Our office has a large patient library that offers inspirational books and resource materials for caregivers. We also offer internet service for families to use for research.

Financial Assistance Through our generous donor dollars, we are able to offer need-based financial assistance to those who qualify. Many families face financial difficulties during this life-altering diagnosis. We are blessed to be able to join hands and meet immediate needs.

Temporary Housing and Travel Jay’s HOPE maintains an apartment for free use by our families in the event that the Ronald McDonald house is full or if they do not qualify to stay there. We also provide gas and meal assistance to those traveling far from home for treatment.

Over 85 cents of every dollar received funds our family support programs.

Fundraising Events Hats 4 HOPE

Each year, over 125 schools partner together and take an active role in offering direct support to local Jay’s HOPE kids. The impact of the students’ one-dollar donations can give true HOPE to a family in crisis.

Celebrate HOPE

Fabulous food, amazing decorations, and lively jazz music set the stage for a very successful event. All proceeds raised at our signature event funds our mission of supporting local families in their fight against childhood cancer.

Trek or Treat 5K

15,000 pieces of candy, 1,000 runners and walkers, hundreds of costumes, and a whole lotta FUN! This family-friendly event held at Bass Pro Shops in Macon helps to fund immediate relief to the many burdens caused by childhood cancer.

Blind Wine Tasting

Form a team, bring a friend, and taste some wine! Join the Young Supporters for Jay’s HOPE as they host our annual Blind Wine Tastings at the 567 Center for Renewal in Downtown Macon.

Named Funds of Jay’s HOPE Through Named Funds, we give our families a voice in offering support to others and continuing to extend HOPE to those who face childhood cancer. Here are just a few of the ways our Named Funds offered support in 2014.

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Be Bo Strong touched the lives of countless families this year as they provided warm meals to those staying inpatient at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.


Chords of Kindness put a smile on many kiddos’ faces as they celebrated birthdays, No Mo’ Chemo parties, and other special milestones.

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Heather’s Heroes took flight as they served children right here in Middle Georgia. From hospital gift baskets to gas cards, hotel stays to hospice needs, Heather’s Heroes lived up to their name.

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The Pay it ForWARD Fund gave back to the community who offered them so much support through projects like prayer yard signs that honor local children who are currently battling cancer.

2014 Grants • Central Georgia EMC Foundation • Charles H. Jones Family Foundation • Combined Federal Campaign • Community Foundation of Central Georgia • Community Foundation of Fort Valley • E.J. Grassman Trust • Employees Community Fund of the Boeing Company • Gannett Foundation • Georgia E. Hatcher, Jr. and Ann Williams Hatcher Foundation • Georgia Power Foundation • H.E.A.T. Trust Fund • James Hyde Porter Charitable Trust • Knight Neighborhood Challenge Grant • MaconPower • Macy's District Grant • Oconee EMC Foundation • State Charitable Contributions Program • Southern Rivers Energy Trust • The Thomas C. Burke Foundation • Upson EMC Foundation Give Local • WT Anderson Charitable Trust

The Angel Gabriel Message Fund proliferates the powerful work of Jay’s HOPE in the Augusta area. In cooperation with Children’s Medical Center of Georgia and Georgia Regents University Health, they provide comfort and coping materials, financial support, and encouragement to children and families facing childhood cancer.

Want to share HOPE? Donate today by visiting jayshope.org/donate




2014 Family Support Events



Family Ice Skating





Day on the Farm

Art Day at the Office

Spring Fling Event

Family Softball Game

Camp HOPE 4 Kids



Back 2 School Bash





Pumpkin Patch Party

Mom’s Night Out

Night at the Car Races

Night at the Museum

Jay's HOPE is the silver lining in a world filled with clouds. It's more than a service; it's a personal reationship. Leah, Kylei's mom

HOPE 4 the Holidays

2014 Hats 4 HOPE Baldwin

GNETS of Oconee Oak Hill Middle


Academy for Classical Education Alexander II Elementary Appling Middle Ballard Hudson Middle Bernd Elementary BrightStar Bruce Elementary Burdell-Hunt Elementary Covenant Academy Elam Alexander Academy First Presbyterian Day School Heard Elementary Heritage Elementary Howard Middle Howard High Hutchings College and Career Academy Ingleside Weekday Preschool Ingram Pye Elementary Jessie Rice Elementary Joseph B. Riley Elementary King-Danforth Elementary L.H. Williams Elementary Matilda Hartley Elementary McKibben Lane Elementary Miller Middle Minnie Burghard Elementary Morgan Elementary Mount de Sales Academy Northway Weekday Preschool Northwoods Academy Porter Elementary Rosa Taylor Elementary Rutland High Rutland Middle Skyview Elementary Sonny Carter Elementary Springdale Elementary St. Joseph’s Catholic School Stratford Academy

Tatnall Square Academy Veritas School Vineville Academy Vineville Baptist Morning School W.P. Jones Elementary Weaver Middle Windsor Academy




Crawford County Middle/High


Deerfield-Windsor School


Swainsboro Elementary

Bleckley County Elementary Bleckley County High Bleckley County Middle Bleckley County Primary

Maxwell School of Technology


Mossy Creek Middle Northside Elementary Northside High Parkwood Elementary Pearl Stephens Elementary Quail Run Elementary Shirley Hills Elementary Thompson Middle Veterans High Westside Elementary


Bonaire Elementary Bonaire Middle

Each year, over 125 schools partner together and take an active role in offering direct support to local Jay’s HOPE kids. The impact of the students’ one dollar donations can give true HOPE to a family in crisis.

Clifton Ridge Middle Dames Ferry Elementary First Baptist Preschool Gray Elementary Jones County High Pre-K of Jones County Turner Woods Elementary Wells Elementary


Dublin Middle East Laurens High

Monroe HATS



Mary Persons High


Clements Middle


Pulaski County Elementary


Butler UMC Preschool


Providence Elementary


First Academy Christian School


Augusta Preparatory Day School Euchee Creek Elementary Greenbrier Elementary Greenbrier Middle

Centerville Elementary Christ United Methodist School David Perdue Primary David Perdue Elementary Eagle Springs Elementary Feagin Mill Middle Hilltop Elementary Houston County High Huntington Middle Lake Joy Elementary Lake Joy Primary Matt Arthur Elementary Morningside Elementary


Screven County High


Jordan Hill Elementary


Ridge Road Elementary Ridge Road Primary T.J. Elder Middle


Wilcox County Elementary

2014 Community Supporters • 13 WMAZ • 2 Wheel Body Shop, LLC • 567 Center for Renewal • ABC Flooring • Advanced Dental Arts • Albany Hand Therapy • Albany Vascular Specialist • Allison’s Florist • Ambrose Pediatric Dentistry • American International Movers • Amstar Macon • Assurant Foundation • Atlanta Sand and Supply • Balvaunuca Club of Perry • Bank of America • Bass Pro Shops • Batchelor Heating & Air • Battle of Byron • Baxter James and George Greer • BB&T Insurance • Bibb County Schools Department of Nutrition • Bibb Retired Teacher’s Association • BL Gaskins Brokerage • Boland Prosthetic and Orthotic Center • Bright Blue Sky Productions • Brown’s Eye Center • Bryants Collision • Burgess Pigment • Busy Bee Blessings • Butler Automotive Group • Byron Rotary Club • Camp Grace • Catch 16 Inc. • CB&T • CCC Automotive, Inc. • Central Georgia Technical College • CGR Credit Union • Cheddar’s Casual Café • Chem Nut, Inc. • Chick-fil-A • Christ Chapel • Clear Channel Communications • Clif Bars • Coca-Cola • Cochran Motor Speedway • Collins Acquisitions • Colony Bank • ComSouth • Courageous Home Care and Veteran’s Care • Cox • Crawford Family Medicine • Cumulus Media • D&A Cycles • Dairy Queen • Daniel Emerson • Daniel Rental Properties • Darien’s Electrical Contracting • Davis Wholesale Florist • Deena Holliman Smith, DMD, PC • Dental Partners of Southwest Georgia • Designer Tan • DiGiorgios • Doherty, Duggan, Hart & Tiernan Insurors

• Dr. Clell M. Morris, DMD • Dr. W. Jason Woods, LLC • Drs. Erskine and Candi James • DSW Baskets of Joy • Dunkin Donuts • El Sombrero Mexican Restaurant • Elliott Farms • Eric Belusko MHS, OTR/L, CHT • ESG Operations, Inc. • Esme’s Heart • Exchange Club of Perry • Express Imaging • Eyesight Associates • Farmers Bank • Fastrack Immediate Care • Findley & Company, Inc. • First Christian Church • First Independent Methodist Church • Five Star Chevrolet • Five Star Hyundai • Five Star Nissan • Flint River Wildlife, Inc. • Fresh Market • Frito Lay • Georgia Bob’s • G & B Enterprises • Geico Philanthropic Association • George O. Haskell • Georgia Auto Brokers • Georgia Epsilon Chapter of AED • Georgia FBI National Academy Associates • Georgia MRI Center • Georgia National Fairgrounds • Georgia Peach Festival • Georgia Power • Girl Scout Troop #60006 • Good to Go Catering • Greg Burns, DMD • Gresco Utility Supply Inc. • Harley Davidson of Macon • Helms College • Heritage Bank • Hold Your Haunches, Inc. • Hometown Yoga • Hop, Skip, and a Jump • Horne and Hunt Trial Lawyers • Ignite Martial Arts • Imedia Group • J. Cameron Garvin, DMD • J.L. Perkins Wealth Management, LLC • Jessup DJ Productions • Jeff Smith Chevrolet • JoBelle Coffee • Johnny G’s • K Kitchens Anesthesia • Karats and Keepsakes • Katerings by Kelly • Ken’s • Kennedy Drugs • Kimco Services • Kind Bars • Kiwanis Club of Jones County • Knights of Columbus • Kohl’s Cares

• Kona Ice of Warner Robins • Kristy L. Jones, CPA, LLC • Kroger • KS Fitness • Kudzu Katerings • Lake Oconee Muffler and Brake Shop • Lancaster Tire, LLC • Lighthouse Baptist Church • Locos Grill & Pub • Lokey Chiropractic Clinic • Longleaf Church • Longleaf Dental • Love Run • M&R Marketing Group • Mac Attack • Macon Civic Club • Macon Harley Owners Group • Macon Magazine • Macon Marriott City Center • Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences • Macon Oral Surgery • McAlister’s Deli • McLain Farms • McNair, Mclemore, Middlebrooks & Co., LLC • Meadowdale Learning Centers • Medcen Community Foundation • Medical Center of Central GA • Mercer University Softball Team • Merck Partnership • Merle Norman • Michelle Cole and Associates • Mid State RV • MidSouth Federal Credit Union • Middle Georgia Tent Rentals • Minuteman Press • Mistletoe Market • Moe’s Southwest Grill • Monroe County Memorial Chapel • Monroe Physical Therapy • MOPS of Macon • Morgan View Farm • MRI Center of Central Georgia • Mrs. Sara McEachern-Wilson • Munn Brothers Films • Myer’s City Florist • Noah’s Ark Animal Rehabilitation Center • North Macon Eyecare • North Macon Family Healthcare • Northrop Grumman • Ole Times Country Buffet • One Love Entertainment • Patterson Chiropractic Center • Peach Palette • Peachtree Planning • Pediatric Associates of Thomaston • Pediatric Dentistry of Central Georgia • Pineola Farms • Pink Physique • Premier Orthopedics • Princesses with a Purpose • Publix • Pure Barre • Raffield Tire Master • Reflections Salon • Robins Federal Credit Union

• Rock House Farms • Rumor Boutique • S&S Cafeteria • Sarah Armstrong School of Dance • SASCO Chemical Group, Inc. • Sasser & Co. • SB&T • Scott Wilson • Second Impressions Consignment • Signature Dentistry of Macon • Signature Salon and Spa • Sisters of Strength and Couples for Christ • Smaha Orthodontics • Small World Child Care • Smith Animal Hospital • Smith Radiator & Air Conditioning, Inc. • Southern Bridle Farms, LLC • Southern Crusin Inc. • Spa Medical: Division of Vein Specialists of the South • Special Blessings Learning Center • Specialty Power Windows • Spotless Cleaning • St. Luke Lodge NO. 93 • Staples • State Bank • State Farm Bunko for Cancer • Steven Brewer, CPA, LLC • Sun Villa • Synovus Bank-SB&T • Tahseria Club • Taste and See Coffee Shop • Tawn J. Huff • The Body Shop, LLC • The Farmhouse • The Stephens Family Foundation • The T Shirt Factory • The Telegraph • The Trading Post • The Virginia Parker Buzzell Foundation • Thomaston Pediatrics • Tidwell & Hillburn Insurance • TMT Utilities • Tolbert & Associates • Total Care • Toys R Us • Travelers Insurance • Trophy Ford • Two Chics Photography • U Stuff It Storage • United Distributors, Inc. • USMEDX, LLC • Virginia Parker Buzzell Memorial Foundation • W.L. Amos Foundation • Watson-Hunt Funeral Home • We Do Weddings Photography • Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC • West Mane Salon • Westover Animal Hospital, LLC • WineStyles • Women’s Health Professionals • Women’s Specialty Care, PC • Working Hands and Giving Hearts • Yamaha of Byron


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