In loving memory of Jillian (Jill) Ponton
Jill was diagnosed with CJD four days before her passing on the 5th February 2019. After a short decline in her health, as a family, we would not have believed what she was dealing with was CJD. We realised in a short space of time how horrible this brain disease was. We also wondered why, as it is so rare.
Jill was the rock of the family. A loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved having the grandkids over, always making their favourite meals. She loved her animals and always spoilt the family’s fur babies. You could guarantee if you left your pet with Jill, they would need to go on a diet afterwards. Her garden was her time out with many gorgeous roses that give you a sense of her presence when visiting. There was never a dry eye in the house when Jill and her sisters got together for a catch-up. Most of all, Jill was loved and will always be cherished.
When Jill was diagnosed, the hospital staff also were in shock. Some had said “we could go our whole career without knowing of a case of CJD”. We hope by sharing Jill’s story and honouring her in this way it will help bring awareness and support to the ongoing research.
Total raised so far to support CJD Research in Australia- $620.00
$620.00 allocated to CJDSGN Memorial Award 2020 – CJD Fun Run 2019 in memory of Sandra Kernahan, Stephen (Jake) O’Hara, Lynne Norman and Norelle Edwards – and in memory of Anne O’Shea and others. $50,000 awarded to Dr Christiane Stehmann, ANCJDR, Melbourne. Project Title: ‘A pilot study to advance brain structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to improve the accuracy of early prion disease diagnosis’.
The CJDSGN guarantees that every cent received will go directly to support the CJD Research Teams in Australia, improvements in diagnostic tools or the work of the CJDSGN in supporting families affected by CJD. Jill’s family will be notified of your donation and consulted on the allocation of funding.
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