Juli Millas is an FSGS patient living in the Central Florida area, who was first diagnosed in July 2002. She has built a strong sense of community within her region and is passionate about supporting others with rare protein-spilling kidney diseases. While she typically meets up with other local families at Tampa Pig Jig every year, she’s getting creative and adapting due to the pandemic cancelling the 2020 event. Learn what she has planned instead for her community!
What’s your personal connection to NephCure?
I discovered NephCure about seven years ago after attending the Tampa Pig Jig. As an FSGS patient, I couldn’t believe it; I had found a community of people just like me that I had no idea existed! It was nirvana! I found my tribe! When NephCure was looking for volunteers, I knew I had to get involved and I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of them. Being the patient engagement and support volunteer, as well as the regional leader, for Central Florida brings me such joy, pride and satisfaction. I know that I’m a part of something that is making a difference for Nephrotic Syndrome patients.
Why do you volunteer with NephCure?
I’m committed to volunteering for NephCure because I don’t want anyone with Nephrotic Syndrome to ever feel as desperate, lonely, and isolated as I did when I first got sick. I want everyone to know that NephCure is here for them with information, support, and most of all community!
What projects are you working on right now?
The two projects I’m currently working on came to fruition because of the Tampa Pig Jig being cancelled due to COVID-19 this year. Pig Jig is a huge fundraiser for NephCure and it’s a place where patient and patient families meet up every year. It just made sense to do a picnic and fundraiser. So, I am planning a one for the patients and patient families who normally meet up at Pig Jig. And since the folks at Pig Jig will match our donations up to $100,000, I am doing a small fundraiser and I am calling it “The Pig Jig Initiative.”
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