Anna's Story
The fund is dedicated to Anna Yan Ji Arabia who bravely lived with Gliomatosis Cerebri for three and a half years, was treated with the best medical care available at the Jimmy Fund Clinic at Dana Farber, and became an angel at 16 years old on Valentines Day 2013, filled with love and grace.



Mariella Filbin, USA


Mara Vinci, Italy


Chris Jones, UK


David Castel, France



Thanks to all of our supporters of our Holiday Smiles Project. We exceeded all expectations! We were able to provide over 200 Gift Cards to kids with cancer in a number of different cancer treatment centers and filled Amazon Wish Lists for the Jimmy Fund and Dartmouth-Hitchcock's clinics. We were also able to send filled backpacks and gifts directly to a number of other children and helped so many celebrate the holidays.

 Thank you for these SMILES!

AYJ FUND Joins GC Foundations in Funding GC International Research Grant 

The AYJ Fund joins Izas, la princesa guisante, Franck un rayon de soleil, Mathys un rayon de soleil, and Nina un rayon de soleil in awarding 300,000 euros over three years to fund a research project, "Targeting Cellular Activity in Gliomatosis Cerebri"

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Lead researcher Chris Jones, Sutton, UK joins Mariella Filbin, Dana-Farber, Mara Vinci, Rome, Italy and David Castel, Villejuif France in studying the genetic makeup of single tumor cells and how they interact with normal brain cells to understand why they grow and invade the normal brain.

AYJ FUND Lead Sponsor of International GC Conference

Our 3rd International GC Conference brought leading pediatric neuro-oncologists, neurosurgeons, researchers and families of children with GC together in September 2019 in Barcelona. The conference allowed us to share discoveries, collaborate on research, and plan next steps to find effective treatments for children with this type of brain tumor that Anna fought. Participants arrived from all over Europe, both North and South American and the Middle East. 

Jake's Dance for a Cure 

Thanks for supporting Jake's fundraiser.  All proceeds went to support childhood cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston where Jake is being treated. Jake raised $ 3,225 and is pictured here presenting a check to Dr. Mimi Bandopadhayay to support her lab at Dana-Farber which focuses on brain tumor research.