Louisville husband continues late wife's mission of helping families battling cancer
"The impact Jill was making was such a pick me up for me. It was an unbelievable thing. She was dying of cancer and still wanting to help others. How could I not want to keep this mission going."
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - They promised to love honor and cherish. Though Bart and Jill Conley saw more sickness than health in marriage.
Conley bravely battled breast cancer in the public eye. The Louisville woman was featured in a documentary shot in France. She shared her raw scars, and how the cancer spread and ravaged her body.
Conley's story went worldwide, chronicled in a Louisville paper, covered in the pages of People Magazine and on several appearances on national television.
Facing death, she decided to use her notoriety to create a legacy. She created the non-profit, Jill's Wish. The money raised goes to families dealing with cancer.
It's a wish her husband Bart vowed to see through.
"The impact Jill was making was such a pick me up for me. It was an unbelievable thing. She was dying of cancer and still wanting to help others. How could I not want to keep this mission going," said Bart.
Jill's Wish has given $200,000 in the last five years to help breast and terminally ill cancer patients survive the financial struggle. It's all been raised through donations and charity, most after her passing in Jill's honor.
The 3rd annual Jill's Wish Derby party is at Captain's Quarters Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. Linkin Bridge is the special guest.
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