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The Peggy Lillis Memorial Foundation works to increase prevention of and minimize death and disability resulting from clostridium difficile infection and associated diseases by educating physicians, patients, and the public at large, and by advocating for proven solutions within health care and public health systems.
The Peggy Lillis Memorial Foundation was started by the family and friends Margaret "Peggy" Lillis (nee Daly) following her death from C. difficile associated disease on April 21, 2010. A life-long Brooklynite and single, Peggy, raised her sons, Christian and Liam, in the Bergen Beach and Marine Park neighborhoods and taught Kindergarten in the Flatbush section.
Peggy's death was very sudden. She was only ill for five days with what appeared to be a stomach virus before being taken to to the hospital by her children. Within 36 hours after her admission, Peggy died.
In the shock and grief of losing this vibrant and loving woman, Peggy's friends and family - primarily her two sons - struggled to understand how an otherwise healthy woman could die from a bacterial infection they had never heard of.
The impact that Peggy had on the lives of her friends, family, colleagues and students was apparent at her funeral, which was attended by 500 people. The outpouring of love, admiration and anger that was apparent during her wake, coupled with the apparent lack of public awareness and resources for sufferers of C. diff-associated disease, sparked the idea that her sons could channel the grief and anger of all Peggy's loved ones into a force for positive change.
Determined to prevent other families from losing loved ones to a preventable disease, Christian and Liam co-founded The Peggy Lillis Memorial Foundation in the summer of 2010.
The Peggy Lillis Memorial Foundation is a fiscally sponsored project of FJC: A Foundation of Philanthropic Funds, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Donations to the foundation are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
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