Janis Foligno was a pillar of strength for all of her family and friends. Everyone who knew Janis was touched by her love, caring spirit, generous heart and concern for others. Her compassionate nature will continue to touch the lives of others through the work of the Janis Foligno Foundation.
Janis loved to spend time to get to know people. She alway talked about the good that the people that she came in contact with possessed. She was a caring and giving person. She juggled a family of 4 children and she still found ways to volunteer her time to many different causes.
The following are just some of the ways Janis gave of herself to others:
Meals on Wheels where she would not only deliver needed nutrition to shut ins and recovering patients but she would also spend time with them after her rounds to make sure they had someone to talk to and to let them know that someone cared about them. When she got to know them better she would bring them small gifts or their favourite chocolate bar.
Janis participated in the Walk for A Cure in Toronto and The Relay for Life in Sudbury and raised money and awareness for women to get screened and to aid in the fight against Breast Cancer. Janis was on the committee in Sudbury for the Canadian Cancer Society, Annual Luncheon of Hope. She also assisted as a contact person for women that were diagnosed with cancer in helping them stay confident and ease their fears. She was a good resource because of her ability to help others stay calm and understand what they were going through.
She always had something going to the Salvation Army or Goodwill and especially at Christmas time. She was never confrontational and never wanted attention or the limelight. To her everyone mattered and especially her family. To date, the Janis Foligno Foundation has supported various charities including the Sudbury Regional Hospital Foundation's Breast Cancer Equipment Fund, the Vale Hospice, Meals on Wheels and the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). The Ican Independence Centre & Network in Sudbury and the House of Kin- Relief for Cancer families. Janis was passionate about the change of season's and she loved living in Sudbury because she was able to enjoy her favourite season of all...snow!
"The time we had with her was incredible. She was an incredible woman, and I think she's given me a lot of the values that I'm really proud of today. She's just a fun-loving person. Cancer's never going to take those things away. She was a warrior, she battled right to the end, didn't want that to become her legacy." - Nick Foligno talking about his mother, Janis.
The Janis Foligno Foundation is a registered Canadian Charity. Our registration number is:
82501 9854 RR0001
Since the Janis Foligno Foundation was launched in 2009, the JFF has contributed over $400,000 to organizations and individuals focused on the eradication of cancer.
Each year over 24,000 men and women are diagnosed with breast cancer.