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The Dragonfly Foundation helps pediatric cancer patients and their families find strength, courage, and joy.

May 21, 2019

This edition of The Dragonfly Effect shares the story of a young survivor who used the uncertainty surrounding her cancer diagnosis as a motivation to make other young patients and families' lives better as they overcome the challenges of treatment and long-term recovery. 
The Dragonfly Foundation didn't exist when high school student Jen Morand was 15 and being treated for thyroid cancer; it would have helped her and her family immensely. After learning about Dragonfly's mission as a college student at the University of Cincinnati, she immediately knew the foundation was the perfect place to fulfill her goal. 
She first became involved as a volunteer, and next, as an intern. Today, the foundation's multi-faceted community relations manager brings a unique combination of peaceful and positive energy to all things Dragonfly - truly epitomizing The Dragonfly Effect...

In this wide-ranging interview, hosted by Dragonfly co-founder, Ria Davidson, Jen talks about her experience, how it impacted her and her family, and how Dragonfly would have made a difference in their lives. She also discusses her role at Dragonfly and how she recruits, coordinates, and manages volunteers. She describes Dragonfly's volunteer protocols and shares opportunities where volunteers are needed. 

Jen shares first-hand testimonials about the Dragonfly effect, and encourages people to support Dragonfly as a way to make an immediate impact on families affected by pediatric cancer. One "cool experience" Jen describes is the opportunity for Dragonfly families to play baseball at Great American Ball Park thanks to CBTS/Cincinnati Bell.

Dragonfly is grateful to iHeart Radio host, Scott Sloan, for recording the introduction/closing of the podcast.

The executive producer of Dragonfly's podcast is Joe Strecker

The Dragonfly Foundation(R), a 501c3 nonprofit, helps pediatric cancer patients and their families find strength, courage, and joy. We do this by providing ongoing support, relevant materials, and caring, nurturing and transformative experiences.

To donate and to learn more about Dragonfly, please visit or text WINGS to 71777.