Twelve years ago, Greg Gillis and his wife sat across from his youngest daughter’s doctor and learned she was diagnosed with cancer. Thankfully, today his daughter is cancer-free, but Gillis still understands the fear and helplessness many parents feel upon learning of a child’s cancer diagnosis, and knows the intangible benefits that a strong support network can provide families during uncertain times.
In an effort to help other local families, Gillis, a named partner at Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, P.C., one of North Scottsdale’s largest law firms, has accepted an invitation to serve on the Board of Directors of Tempe-based Children’s Cancer Network.
The Children’s Cancer Network is a non-profit that supports children and families throughout their cancer journey with programs designed to provide financial assistance, promote education, encourage healthy lifestyles, build self-esteem and create awareness of issues facing those dealing with childhood cancer.
“I’ve sat across the Doctor and understand the emotional roller coaster families face upon first learning that your child has cancer,” “said Greg Gillis, Partner at Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner. “Now that my family has made it through this life altering experience, I want to help other local families struggling with the emotional and financial stress caused by a child’s cancer diagnosis. The Children’s Cancer Network is an amazing organization and I’m honored to serve on its talented board.”
“We’re thrilled that Greg has agreed to serve on our Board and to help us achieve our mission,” said Patti Luttrell, Executive Director of Children’s Cancer Network. “Greg and his law firm, Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, have already done a lot to benefit the Children’s Cancer Network, and we’re confident Greg’s continued personal and professional advice as a Board member will help our organization grow to assist even more local families.”
Earlier this year, Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner made Children’s Cancer Network one of its beneficiaries of financial donations made to celebrate the firm’s fifth anniversary. The firm has also held “Jeans for Charity” days, where employees could dress casual on designated dates in return for a $5 contribution to the Children’s Cancer Network. The organization was also the recipient of the firm’s “Pot of Gold” campaign to honor national Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September. Firm employees were encouraged to donate loose change from pockets or piggy-banks at home by placing coins in a designated jar.