Jay Fund childhood cancer survivor shares story, spreads awareness

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Julia Davis said she doesn’t take a simple stroll through the park for granted.

The mom of two told Action News Jax, “I know anything can change at the drop of a hat.”

According to Davis, that’s what happened when she was 13-years-old.

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She was diagnosed with leukemia.

She described how support from the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund allowed her parents to take time off work.

“They were able to pay several of my family’s bills – that didn’t have to weigh on my dad,” Davis said.

Since 1996, the foundation has helped more than 5,000 families.

Earlier in September, Action News Jax spoke to a Jay Fund mom whose son didn’t survive cancer.

Davis said they’re the ones she honors as she spreads childhood cancer awareness. It sends a message to families currently facing the disease.

“You’ve done more than this. You’ve conquered more, you can do it – just keep going and keep going,” Davis said.

She said it’s why she shares her story with the community and her own kids.

Her daughter told Action News Jax, “I think it’s amazing.”

Davis said, “We talk often about it. We talk about how life can change and to be grateful.”