That powerful, life-affirming love and devotion that Eileen felt was a love that could not be contained. It was one that would go on to bring hope, love and joy to the lives of countless other children with cancer and their families.
Having lived through the wrenching, traumatic experience as Eileen’s parents, David and his wife Alice, Eileen’s step-mom, were lit with a new, special purpose. While jubilant over Eileen’s cure, they were also appalled by what was lacking in the spectrum of care for the child cancer patient and families. David and Alice joined the Tomorrows Children’s Fund (TCF) charity to make things better. They helped relocate TCF to an organization that embraced it – the Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC). From there, driven by their love and compassion for Eileen and others going through the nightmare of cancer, the Jurists, along with their colleagues and supporters, spearheaded a sea of change in the world of cancer care. Through their efforts, the charity raised tens of millions of dollars, and just as important, raised millions of smiles.
In 1987, HUMC opened the Tomorrows Children’s Institute, dedicated to providing state-of-the-art cancer therapy. The Jurists, meanwhile, in addition to their fundraising efforts, became intimately involved with the children and their families, offering their personal love, warmth, and support. They also hosted the year’s signature event – a summer picnic at their New Jersey home, complete with games, rides, and entertainment, attended by a thousand exuberant and delighted children and parents, grateful for the pure opportunity to celebrate the normalcy of life and find some relief from the stress and anxiety of childhood cancer.