Founding Board Member, President
"You have a choice to live your best life every day, no matter the circumstances."
Tina is humbled to have the opportunity to support pediatric cancer patients in Northeast PA. While she adores traveling, and has done so extensively, she believes that there is no place like home, and her heart is in NEPA! Tina has been honored by the People's Choice Award from the Scranton Chamber of Commerce, was a Face of the Heart for the American Heart Association, and Northeast Woman. Her greatest and most laborious accomplishment remains being a 27 year Osteosarcoma Survivor. Tina believes that one day, cancer will be eradicated, but until then, dedicates her life to advocacy and support for kids with cancer and their families.
Tina graduated from the Valley View High School and the University of Scranton with a BS in Elementary Education before initiating an MA in Communication Arts at Marywood University. Tina’s favorite times are spent with close friends and family, those that have eternally been there for her and literally saved her life, more than once!! Tina's favorite color is purple, and she loves to make and drink wine. She also adores writing, yoga, the beach, and sunshine, but most of all sharing her story with you!!
Board Member, Vice-President
Tommy and his wife Lori have one son Thomas who was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer in 2007 at age 15. Thomas was treated at PA Hospital in Philadelphia. While he was still in treatment, we met our founder, Tina and her family. Tommy is honored to be part of the Cancertacular family, and to help local kids and their families, even when it is just to answer a question. From experience, he knows that it can really help to know that there is someone close by who understands what you are going through. Give Kids the World in Kissimmee, Florida is his favorite place to visit and just so happens to be the greatest place on the planet. In recent years, Tommy started fishing and playing golf. He loves football (Rams), hockey (Rangers), and Nascar. When he feels like acting like a kid, he play Destiny on his PS4, sometimes with now 24 year old college graduate Thomas, who has been in remission for 8.5years. Thomas’s friends think that it is pretty cool that his dad plays video games. His wish is that in the future foundations like Cancertacular won’t need to exist, but until then Cancertacular will be here to help in any way.
Founding and Current Board Member, Secretary
"Take time to do what makes your soul happy."
Jillian is thrilled to have the amazing opportunity to serve Cancertacular™, Inc! A 1999 graduate of Valley View High School, after working in the banking industry for more than 10 years, Jill has found her home as Administrative Assistant at Fell Charter School. Jillian was awarded the prestigious Chapel of the Four Chaplain Award. Jillian is truly selfless and has made unbelievable sacrifices throughout her young life, as she was just age six at the time of Tina’s cancer diagnosis. She has done so tirelessly and without complaint, and would love to hear your story and share hers! Jillian's favorite color is green, and she enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her family, friends, and Cancertacular family.
Board Member, Treasurer
"If you continually give, you will continually have."
Lorraine is honored to continue her passion of teaching and guiding children through her service to Cancertacular. In 2011, she retired as chair of the Practical Arts Department, after teaching and mentoring students ranging in age from 3 to 18 for 33 years. Lorraine graduated from Marywood Seminary and Marywood College before Master's studies at Wilkes University. Lorraine also serves her community as a Councilwoman in Jessup, and as a Board Member for the University of Scranton Purple Club and Lackawanna County Commission for Women. Lorraine's proudest accomplishments by far are her sons John and Justin, and amazing grandsons Luke and Drew. Her favorite color is orange, favorite season is summer, and beloved past time is reading. Lorraine is energized to fight along with our Golden Children and advocate for childhood cancer until the glorious day that the word cure is no longer a dream!
Founding and Current Board Member, Co-Treasurer
"Preach the gospel at all times and if you must, use words."
Stan wears many hats and is an invaluable asset and driving force behind Cancertacular. Stan is honored to have been Chrissie (O'Connor) Jezuit's husband for the past 41 years. Together, they are the proud parents of Tina and Jillian.
After graduating from Mansfield State College, Stan obtained a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from The University of Scranton. During his 35 year career in counseling, he was a nationally Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor in the Commonwealth of PA. His family has always been, and still remains, the number one focus of his life. Stan loves Ben & Jerry's NY Super Fudge Chunk, The Good Wife, his remote control helicopter, and his recliner. He is always receptive to talking and sharing his experiences with kids, parents and families who are dealing with pediatric cancer.
"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain."
Born and raised in New Jersey, Elaine attended Rutgers University College of Pharmacy. She worked as a pharmacist in many different capacities and is currently employed at Bill's Shoprite Pharmacy in Daleville, PA. Elaine and her husband Dr. Stanley Blondek are the parents of two adult children, Christie and Anthony. They are truly their greatest blessings in life.
Elaine is also a Board Member of Lackawanna Blind Association, Recording Secretary of Lackawanna County Pharmacy Association and treasurer of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society (Scranton Chapter.) Her hobbies include reading, walking, traveling and baking Greek pastries.
Elaine is truly honored to be a board member of Cancertacular and work with the great people that make up the "Cancertacular family.". It is so gratifying to provide support, bring joy, and share love with our Golden Children and their families. She is hopeful that someday there will be a cure for cancer.
"Every cloud has a silver lining."
Joan Griglock is a 1980 graduate of Coughlin High School and 20 year employee at Geisinger Wyoming Valley in cardiology services. She is the proud mother of Ranee 33, Matthew 26 and Mark 24, and grandmother of Mason age 12.
Joan is a 25 year cancer survivor of stage 3 Hodgkins Lymphoma, and always questioned "why this happened to me". In 2007, when Mason was diagnosed with Wilms Tumor, a childhood kidney cancer, the reason became clear. Joan was able to empathize with Mason and clearly understand the pain and side affects of the chemo. Mason received some of the same chemo agents as Joan did 16 years before. This created a bond between them that is undeniable.
Shortly after Masons diagnosis, Tina Jezuit founded Cancertacular. He become the organizations first "Golden Child". Joan was so grateful for the opportunity Cancertacular offered that she became a board member in 2012. It gave her the opportunity to give and receive support from other families fighting childhood cancer.
Daniel J. O'Connor
Founding Board Member
"The key question to keep asking is, are you spending your time on the right things? Because time is all you have." Randy Pausch from The Last Lecture
DJ became a founding board member of Cancertacular at age 15. DJ is Tina and Jillian's first cousin, but more like a brother. Their family is no stranger to cancer, which ignited a passion in DJ to make a difference and live his live to the fullest. DJ is a 2011 graduate of Valley View High and a 2016 graduate of Temple University with a degree in International Business and a minor in Management Information Systems. He currently lives in Manayunk and is employed by Clarkston Consulting.
DJ's favorite things include: music, golfing, skiing, the color green, sushi, and frequent traveling. Due to his distance from home, DJ is not currently an active board member. He is a ardent volunteer and supporter of Cancertacular and participated in the Hoot-a-Thon while in college at Temple.
Many thanks to our amazing volunteers, especially the Valley View High School National Honor Society, and to our selfless past Board Members: Janet Donovan, Tracy Drummond, Richard Ercole, Ann Evans, and Kathy Possanza.