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A Heroe's Heart of Gold (standard:other, 547 words)
Author: MarshaAdded: Apr 23 2002Views/Reads: 1921/1Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
She is know across the country as the gal with the heart of gold.


She hasn't performed a single life-saving surgery or delivered cancer
killing chemotherapy, but Jenn Borjeson is an important part of life 
for hundreds of critically ill children whom she has never even met.  
Jenn is not a doctor or nurse.  She's a full-time student and busy 
young mother of two who is known to hundreds of people across this 
country as "the gal with the heart of gold." 

Jenn is special to the sick children that she "adopts" and encourages. 
She's a cheerful, loving young woman who has generously volunteered 
thousands of hours to two organizations devoted to helping children who 
battle serious illness. 

As Director of Family Services for The Hugs and Hope Club for Sick
Children, Jenn is in close contact with and helps to serve and 
encourage nearly one hundred families around the country.  She's 
responsible for putting happy smiles on the faces of suffering "club 
kids"  by sending "happy mail" to cheer them up and help them forget, 
for just a little while, that they are fighting for their lives.  With 
her two young children, Jenn makes hand-crafted cards and gifts and is 
always shopping for little goodies that she thinks her "patients" will 

Seven-year-old Connor loves watching Scooby Doo with his dad and playing
computer games.  He is not so fond of all the checkups and tests he 
must endure because he has a rare form of advanced cancer. The second 
grader tries to talk his way out of each medical procedure that his 
doctors require of him, but in the end he always must give in and 
submit to the treatments. Connor has had radiation therapy, chemo 
therapy, and seven surgeries in his battle to beat cancer.    His 
experience has been made a little easier because of the "happy mail" he 
receives from Jenn and her children Cassidy and Trevor. 

Jenn is committed to delivering  joy to others, even though her own life
is jam-packed and hectic.  But she says she reaps the spiritual rewards 
that can only be gained  by giving of yourself. 

As head of Hugs and Hope's Special Projects Department, Jenn organizes
the efforts of over 500 volunteer "hug-givers and hope-restorers" who 
work together on several programs that benefit families served by the 
organization. She single-handedly orchestrates the Secret Pal 
Encouragement Program and the Elf Project in which hundreds of children 
are paired up with volunteer sponsors who provide fun surprises, giving 
sick children something to look forward to and bringing love and 
laughter into their lives . 

Jenn's selfless concern for others shows in all she does and she's an
inspiration to those who know her.  All who enter her life are touched 
by her  caring heart, hard work, compassion, and  devotion to helping 
those less fortunate than herself. 

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The Hugs and Hope Club for Sick Children, of which Jenn is Director of
Family Services, invites you to experience for yourself the joy of 
helping Children.  Join them in "sending smiles across the miles" to 
suffering little ones.  Visit the website at  Read 
the stories and send some happy mail to a child.  Give them -- and 
yourself -- a reason to smile. 


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