Embrace Life with Jill

For: Jill Rose
Organizer: Team Jilly
Embrace Life with Jill (Jill Rose)
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The Story

Jill Rose - chef, pastry chef, restaurateur, teacher, life-long hard worker, visionary. Her creativity and her entrepreneurial spirit have always combined to take her to new places and new projects. From transcontinental lemonade stands to the kitchens of top hotel restaurants, Jill has always been resourceful, always seeing the potential in life, the potential in people she meets.

Ten years ago she spotted a “For Rent” sign on a dilapidated former laundromat, in the little village of Tarrytown, NY, and saw the potential to bring new energy to Main Street.

Jill, a self-described optimist on over-drive, envisioned a neighborhood spot with creative food and good wine. She knew food; she knew sales; she knew rehab; she knew architectural spaces. After digging out the basement, bucket full by bucket full, Jill proceeded to turn the little laundromat into Chiboust, a French restaurant with carry-out French pastries. It was an instant hit in Tarrytown. On opening day, January 16, 2004, she welcomed the community to their new restaurant, promising them a space with good food, lovingly prepared.

For a decade Jill kept that promise and provided employment for dozens of neighbors too. There were some good years before the economic recession. Then life took an even larger unexpected downturn. At age 49 Jill was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. She endured four cycles of chemotherapy followed by surgery: a double mastectomy and removal of 23 lymph nodes. The surgery was followed by eight more cycles of chemotherapy followed by eight weeks of radiation. She finished treatment by Thanksgiving and gave thanks with friends and family.

The next month Jill found out that the cancer had spread to her liver and that she was now diagnosed with TNBC – Triple Negative Breast Cancer – a very aggressive form of breast cancer with the worst outcomes. Now she faces more surgery and more chemotherapy.

As she evaluates her options for standard care and/or alternative therapies, she confronts the biggest challenge of her life: how to pursue her career and confront her disease at the same time– a near impossible task. With overwhelming medical expenses, no income, depleted savings, inadequate insurance, and a struggling business, she is overcome with bills she cannot pay. Even worse, her lack of funds limits the decisions she can make about pursuing care options.

Jill wants to live – she has plans for the future – her work in the world is not over. She has so much to give. She wants to go to a facility to be thoroughly evaluated and advised about using food (her passion and her knowledge) to keep her cancer from spreading. She wants to help other cancer patients be pro-active in their own care. She wants to develop food products and packaging that make feeding cancer patients easier and more healthy. She wants to continue mentoring, working to educate students about the long-term effect of diet on health. She wants to give cooking demonstrations to cancer patients and their families on how to live healthfully with cancer. She wants to turn the “lemons” that have been her path into “lemonade” for the benefit of others.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 3, 2016

Posted on March 3, 2016

Forever in our hearts - please join with family and friends to remember our sweet traveler, Jill Rose, and celebrate her time with us on what would have been her 53rd birthday, on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at a Picnic in Pinecliff Park in Frederick, Maryland.

Please SAVE the DATE and SPREAD the WORD. Embrace Life!

Posted on November 5, 2015

Posted on November 5, 2015

A Celebration of Jill’s Life will begin on Saturday, November 7, at 1:00 pm at The Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow at the Old Dutch Burial Ground, 430 North Broadway, followed immediately after by festivities at The Lodge at Hudson Harbor (Sales Office entrance), 2 Hudson View Way, Tarrytown.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
Phelps Hospice - https://phelpshospital.org/online-donation/ or
Tarrytown Volunteer Ambulance Corps (TVAC) - http://www.tarrytownvac.org/contact_us.htm

On-line condolences may be shared for the family at: http://www.coffeyfuneralhome.com/listings

Link to Jill's Obituary - http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/fredericknewspost/obituary.aspx?n=jill-rose&pid=176311599

Posted on October 31, 2015

Posted on October 31, 2015

Jill has begun another journey. This time without us, and as in life, showing us the way...

She left this morning, in her mother's arms, comfortable and without pain. She spent her last evening in candlelight, with our companionship, our laughter, and our love. Thank you for always being there for her - she felt your support. A poem from Steve Taylor shared with Jill by Lynne.

Meeting without Masks
Let’s meet without masks
without imaginary hierarchies of status 
or artificial shows of respect
knowing that we don’t need to try to impress one another 
with charm or humour or intelligence
knowing that we don’t need to chatter foolishly 
to fill uneasy silences.

Let’s meet without fear 
of exposing our vulnerabilities 
without being embarrassed by our need for connection 
and pretending to be aloof or autonomous  
since we’re not isolated, self-sufficient entities  
but fragments that are drawn towards wholeness.

Let’s meet without insecurity
knowing we don’t need to prove that we’re worthy of acceptance 
because we’re already acceptable 
knowing we don’t need to prove that we’re worthy of affection 
but simply let affection flow between us. 

Let’s meet without the past
without letting our urge to connect and merge 
be obstructed by old resentments
without letting our natural flow of empathy 
become blocked by hard, fixed prejudice
without letting our natural benevolence 
be overridden by concepts and constructs 
that create divisions, where none exist.

Let’s meet without intention
knowing we don’t have to try to relate 
because we’re already related
knowing that we don’t need to try 
but simply allow ourselves to be.

Let’s meet purely with presence 
and be wholly here to one another 
knowing that, in essence, we are the same
knowing that, in being, we are one.

Jill Ann Rose, 7/2/63 - 10/31/15

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