Heavy Heart

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the untimely passing of Jennifer Jaff, Esq, Founder and Executive Director of Advocacy for Patients with Chronic Illness, Inc. Jennifer conceived of and founded Advocacy for Patients because of her extraordinary passion and commitment to ensuring equal rights for those living with chronic illness.  She dedicated her life and career to improving the quality of life for others based on her own experience with Crohn’s disease. 
Her advocacy on a personal level with individuals, in chronic illness arenas for larger disease populations, and in global forums for local and national health care reform was unparalleled in its sophistication, conviction, judiciousness, and honor. Jennifer believed fiercely that this cause was a civil rights issue, and her belief in the worth and rights of every individual with a chronic illness set precedents and models for equality nationwide.  Her goal to increase awareness of the need for and the power of advocacy for chronic illness touched all of us who knew her as well as the population at large. She always worked with amazing energy, grace, fortitude and resolve.

It was Jennifer’s aim to never refuse an opportunity to help someone in need and we know that there are many clients and companies with whom she was working at the time of her death. We appreciate the patience of our clients, friends and partners as the Advocacy for Patients staff works to contact those immediately affected by this tragic and unexpected loss and to develop plans for the future. 

We know that Jennifer will always be remembered for her dedication and the actions she took in the pursuit of justice for those with chronic illness.  Be assured that the Board of Directors and the Staff of Advocacy for Patients will do everything in our power to promote Jennifer’s great legacy.
We are informed by Jennifer’s family that any funeral arrangements will be private, but we are planning a memorial gathering for Jennifer in the next few months and we will announce the date, time and place once those details are final.  For those who want to donate gifts in her memory, please send them through our website, or by mail to Advocacy for Patients with Chronic Illness, Inc., 195 Farmington Avenue, Suite 306, Farmington, CT 06032.

Thank you.
Carol Fain Walters


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