Julia Cobb: The JuCan Legacy
The JuCan Foundation
The JuCan Foundation (FEI/EIN Number 592472488) is a non-profit organization based in Houston, Texas. People travel daily from all parts of the world to be treated in the premier Texas Medical Center.
Our mission is to assist families who are seeking treatment here for cancer. Our emphasis is on helping those in the local & greater Houston community, but extends to wherever help is needed.
We provide monetary support to families who are/have endured the hardship of cancer related expenses such as: medical, local transportation, parking, lodging, air fare, and relocation help in certain cases for those needing to be close to a renowned cancer center for treatment.
Also, we assist with funeral costs to families who have lost a loved one to cancer. Through our “JuCan Gives” program(s), we award college scholarships to cancer survivors, support sarcoma research, and advocate for the cure.
The “JuCan Castle” is a future goal to purchase a house or building in Houston that will house families seeking treatment at MD Anderson, the #1 cancer center in the world. In addition, our foundation organizes a yearly toy drive for the MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital and provides custom children’s hospital gowns for the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center.
Your decision to support the JuCan Foundation and to become a “Team JuCan” partner will make a difference to families fighting cancer.
In order to make your contribution more visible and to express our gratitude, we are pleased to recognize your company (with your permission) through our newsletter & social media campaigns (Facebook, Twitter, website, etc).
Should you have any questions, please contact our office at 888-995-8226, or email Jonathan.Cobb@JuCanFoundation.org.
Jonathan M. Cobb
Loving, happy, giving, and confident- that was Julia Cobb . The eight year old Ewing’s sarcoma patient exemplified the qualities we all find so valuable in life. Her spirit came from birth as a true gift from God. Through her actions and heart, Julia left a lasting legacy.
As a child, Julia received the nickname “Ju” with from her family and it stuck. When first diagnosed with cancer, her father Jonathan Cobb, a cancer survivor, looked at Julia and said “Ju, the first three letters in ‘cancer’ are ‘can’. You do what you can and let God do the rest.” So began the"JuCan" trademark that others came to know and love. Her mantra was “JuCan, UCan, GodCan".
Those who knew Ju would say she was an unconditional lover. She let love consume her and then flow to others. Her pure heart showed her full faith in God and His plan for her. Ju enjoyed visiting or calling people with cancer and she was never shy about praying for them. Ju never ended a visit, a phone call or a message without saying, "JuCan, UCan, GodCan"!
Ju wanted to be a mother more than anything when she grew up and she got her wish. Julia considered it a joy to be able to care for her 3 year old sister, Jaxi like she was her own. Ju fed her and changed her diapers and treated Jaxi as if she were her own daughter- her "mini Ju". Jaxi was God's greatest gift to Julia. When faced with her stem cell transplant that made her unable to see much of her family or anyone under the age of six, the hardest part for her was not the intense treatment involved. It was not getting to see Jaxi and missing her immensely. Julia had the unfailing love of a mother. Ju's other nickname around the house was “Little Momma.”
Ju drew strength from her family. She admired her big brother, Jonathan, who was her protector and could also make her laugh when things weren't funny. She adored everything about him. Her older sister Jenna and Julia shared a special bond. They were more than "Irish Twins"- they were “besties.” Jenna even said to her mom, “Mom, I’m really sad. I miss Ju. As sad as it is, and as sad as we are, I wouldn’t have traded those eight years with her as my bestie for not having had her at all.”
Cancer didn’t define Ju. Julia wasn’t the bed-ridden, defeated girl with cancer. She was the same happy and vivacious girl as she had always been just with a side of cancer.
Her smile, which had a way of lighting up the room, had a way of drawing you to her. When someone loses their hair, their eyes become the focal point. But Ju’s was her smile. She always had a smile even when she was hurting and was sick.
When faced with cancer, one often loses a lot of their personality and spark. Not Julia. Her happiness only made the journey that much more spectacular. The last two years would have been miserable had it not been for her personality. On any day of the week, the agenda was to have fun. Her happiness seemed never-ending and wasn't dependent on nausea or pain. She was a joy to be around.
Anyone could see Julia’s confidence. It radiated from her and became contagious. Like a magnet, she attracted everyone young and old alike. Her personality lit up a room and a gravitational force seemed to pull you towards her and made you want to know her even more. She had spunk and spirit and you couldn't get enough of her. Even when Ju shaved her head after her second chemotherapy treatment, being suddenly bald never phased her. When asked if she wanted to wear her hat, she replied "Why would I want to wear my hat? Dad said if I am going to be bald I might as well be proud of it".
Her spirit was unstoppable, even before cancer. Like gravity, it was constant and never took a day off to rest or feel sorry. Instead, her spirit drove her to make the most of the hospital and never stopped her from having fun. She made everything around her come alive.
Ju’s spirit is still alive today. She taught everyone the way to live and to love. She mentored and led others without even trying. Her life was an inspiration for those who knew her; her grace and humility stands as a guide when faced with trials.
She was strong before cancer and during cancer. Her whole treatment was a guidebook to knowing her as well as understanding pain and suffering. If Ju can, I can.
The classic phrase “WWJD – What Would Jesus Do?” now takes on a new meaning for the Cobb family. What Would Ju Do? It acts as a check of how to continue with her spirit and spunk in the face of such a void.
Ju was a hero. She impacted everyone she met and she did so with a humble and serving heart. She had such hope and joy. She left no room for sorrow; her heart was already too full.
That is the JuCan legacy. She was an encourager and an overcomer! She never said I can't. She never gave up and she never said "why me?" She always focused on what she COULD do. Her spirit was strong and she transitioned into her eternal life with the unwavering faith of a child and the hope of a cure.
She was JuCan, the unstoppable girl with a heart of gold.