Who she is: Jill Cochran, vice president and co-founder of Miracle Players Foundation, a non-profit organization that brings arts programs to children’s hospitals and raises funds for childhood cancer research and mother of three.
Why we love her: She has served for four years on the Southwest regional board of the US Fund for UNICEF and has dedicated her time to many other organizations, both at home and abroad, that focus on children’s health and children’s rights issues. But, most admirable, is the fact that she raised her daughter Lizzie, who since age 14 (!), has worked tirelessly to help bring joy to childhood cancer patients and raise funds for research that could prevent other children from getting the disease. Lizzie and Jill’s organization, Miracle Players Foundation, has to date raised over $165,000 and counting for Children’s Medical Center.
Inspired? Well you can join Lizzie and Jill in their amazing cause this weekend at the 3rd annual Peace, Hope & Butterflies this Saturday, August 24th, 2013 from 11am to 3pm at Flag Pole Hill. Miracle Players Foundation’s largest fundraising event will feature entertainment and activities for the kiddos, including a petting zoo, obstacle course, pirate ship, arts and crafts, and giant slide, live music from a slew of bands, local art vendors, as well as several of Dallas’ favorite food trucks. As always, the event will culminate in the release of 250 butterflies by Dallas area childhood cancer warriors.
The best part: 100% of proceeds from the event will go directly to funding childhood cancer research at Children’s Medical Center Dallas. For more information and to sponsor a butterfly, visit miracleplayersfoundation.org.
And now without further ado, herewith a peek into Jill’s world.
- Always in her handbag: Wallet and Christian Dior Lip Glow
- Her uniform: Black jeans and a comfy shirt
- On heavy rotation: Billie Holliday, COCH, and anything that Lizzie sings!
- What she’s reading: You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train by Howard Zinn
- Her go-to restaurants: We all love Thai and Sushi, so it’s probably Asian Mint.
- Favorite Family Outing in Dallas: When the kids were little it was the zoo, now it is probably karaoke! Ha!!!
- What Inspires her: People who are nice, just because they are really nice
- Her tip for balancing work and family: Try to have fun doing whatever you are doing.