Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation Marks a Quarter of a Century Helping Families Tackle Childhood Cancer

2021-08-20 12:46:25 - NEW YORK, NEW YORK - (PR Distribution™)

Today, the nonprofit of two-time NFL Super Bowl winning Coach Tom Coughlin, the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation, kicked off its year-long anniversary, marking 25 years of providing critical financial and emotional support for families tackling pediatric cancer. For a quarter of a century, the foundation has been there for families by keeping a roof over their heads, food on the table, the lights on, and so much more. To commemorate the year, the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation will be extending its gratitude in big and little ways to its team of donors, volunteers, partner organizations, community leaders, and to the media for supporting its mission to BE THERE and for telling the stories of the countless child patients and their families facing this devastating and financially crippling disease.

The anniversary will bring together patients and families from the past 25 years, donors and supporters, sports celebrities, and the community through social impact initiatives and events that include:

  • Surprise pop-ins from Coach Coughlin and his team to express their gratitude and appreciation. 
  • Celebrity and sports fan-fueled social media campaigns including #ThisIsMyTeam, showcasing patients and families over the past 25 years.
  • Special hospital visits in both NY/NJ and Jacksonville, FL.
  • A Celebrity Golf Classic Tournament on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, This event gave the foundation its humble beginnings.
  • A star-studded gala in New York City to thank donors and to raise money to continue Jay’s legacy of helping families.

“We could not do this work without an incredible team, and I am so grateful to everyone who has taken up the torch to help us BE THERE for families so they can BE THERE for their sick child,” said Tom Coughlin, Jay Fund Foundation Co-Founder. “This gratitude extends to the reporters in New York, New Jersey, and Jacksonville, FL who have told the story of our inspiration, Jay McGillis, and those of the thousands of patients and families who have received financial and emotional support because of him. This foundation is truly Jay’s legacy, and I want to personally thank each reporter and media outlet who has heightened awareness of the financial struggles that come with a cancer diagnosis.”

The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation was created after a player Coughlin coached in 1996 at Boston College named Jay McGillis was diagnosed with and lost his battle to Leukemia. Inspired by how the BC and Brockton communities came together to help the McGillis family, Coughlin and his family created a foundation that would give back in the name and spirit of Jay McGillis.  To date, the foundation has provided over $13 million in financial assistance to over 5,000 families.

To learn more about the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation, visit or follow us on social media @tcjayfund.                                                       

The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation provides critical financial, emotional, and practical support to families tackling childhood cancer. From diagnosis to recovery and beyond, the foundation is part of the family’s team, allowing parents to focus solely on their child’s wellbeing. Our goal is to BE THERE for parents facing the unthinkable so they can be there for their sick child. The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation is the legacy of Jay McGillis, a player Coughlin coached at Boston College who was diagnosed, and sadly, lost his battle with cancer. Jay’s journey and the community’s compassion inspired the Coughlin family to create a nonprofit to help families just like the McGillis’s. For 25 years, the foundation has provided over $13 million in financial assistance to over 5,000 families. To join us in this important mission, visit, like us on Instagram and Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

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