Support For Jovon: Philanthropy Helps Broward Six-Year-Old Face Cancer And The Coronavirus

August 20, 2020
Thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Broward, six-year-old Jovon's family is getting assistance to pay for groceries and other essentials while his mother misses work during his recovery from cancer and the coronavirus.

The mask you wear during this pandemic isn’t just for you. It’s also to protect vulnerable people like six-year-old Jovon.

Jovon is battling cancer. And Jovon’s fight with lymphoma, which started when he was just three, got even harder after he contracted the coronavirus.

The new illness forced this football-loving Broward kid – who had already spent much of his life in and out of hospitals for treatment – into isolation to get better. As a result, Jovon’s mother Brittany had to take time off from work, sacrificing pay that the single mother and her four children couldn’t afford to lose.

But thanks to the power of local philanthropy, emergency support was available to help Jovon and his family during their critical time of need. Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation provided Brittany emergency assistance to buy groceries for her family as well as gas to get Jovon to and from the hospital for treatment.

This infusion of emergency support for Jovon and his family was made possible by a dynamic partnership between the Community Foundation of Broward and The Humana Foundation to help Broward’s most vulnerable residents face the coronavirus.

“Thanks to the coronavirus urgent response grant provided by the Community Foundation of Broward with the support of The Humana Foundation, children like Jovon are receiving emergency financial assistance during the pandemic,” said Sandra Muvdi, President/CEO of the Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation, which received an $18,000 to help the families of children undergoing cancer treatment.  “Having access to basic human needs during a cancer battle is essential for a child’s survival and prevents families from a downward spiral.”

This is just one example of how the Community Foundation’s collaboration with The Humana Foundation delivers crisis relief where it’s needed most in Broward.

When The Humana Foundation needed a Broward expert to help them make the greatest impact with their local coronavirus relief, they turned to the Community Foundation. Now the Community Foundation is using its deep local knowledge and philanthropic expertise to deploy The Humana Foundation’s $250,000 gift where it can make the biggest difference in Broward.

Collaborations like this are one of the ways that philanthropy through the Community Foundation tackles the coronavirus crisis. Thanks to our Fundholders, the Community Foundation has already provided more than $3 million in crucial support during the pandemic. That includes grant flexibility, emergency grants and other support for immediate crisis response. And we are just getting started.

We know that the far-reaching effects of this health and economic crisis will be with us for years to come. Thanks to local philanthropists who create endowed charitable Funds at the Community Foundation, we will be there to tackle Broward’s biggest challengers – during this crisis and beyond.

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For more information about how your philanthropy can help Broward face the coronavirus crisis, contact Vice President of Philanthropic Services Nancy Thies at nthies@cfbroward.org or 954-761-9503.

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