Tom Coughlin is seasoned football professional, head coach of the New York Giants for 12 seasons and two Superbowl victories. After losing a former player at Boston University Jay Mcgillis to childhood cancer (1996), he saw first hand the damage it had done emotionally and financially to the family. Coughlin dedicated his support fund to Jay, today the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation celebrates their 25th anniversary.
The Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation aids family in medical and living expenses while they fight the battle of pediatric cancer. The anniversary highlights the strong bond between patients, families, and volunteers.
Yesterday it was announced that New York Giant QB Eli Manning was retiring after his 16 season career with the team. Eli has been a big part of the Jay Fund, and worked closely with them. Eli said “It’s unbelievable what he (Tom) does with the families and the people he helps out.” Eli has played in the annual Jay Fund Golf Outing. The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund definitely will be missing Eli as he continues on his new path.
Our very own Lisa Marie attended a day at Metlife with the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation in the past. You can see it here! Lots of fun foods, bouncy castles, and meet and greet with NFL Giants players. The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund strives to be there for these kids, while bringing the families together.
“This gratitude extends to the reporters in New York, New Jersey, and Jacksonville, FL who have told the story of our inspiration, Jay McGillis, and those of the thousands of patients and families who have received financial and emotional support because of him.
This foundation is truly Jay’s legacy, and I want to personally thank each reporter and media outlet who has heightened awareness of the financial struggles that come with a cancer diagnosis.” said Tom Coughlin. To learn more or donate to the Jay Fund, visit their website.
We at HipNewJersey.com, would love to wish a happy 25th anniversary to The Jay Fund!