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Unexpected Knowledge from an 8-Year Old Hero

Unexpected Knowledge from an 8-Year Old Hero

EACE Blog contribution by Jill Milon, College Recruitment & Career Services Consultant
Jack Burke

Jack Burke

While attending the 2013 EACE Conference in Atlantic City, like many attendees, I expected to learn more about LinkedIn from Keynote Speaker, John Hill, and best practices from colleagues and industry experts. Unexpectedly, however, I walked away from the conference with some knowledge about NF.

What is NF?

The 2013 Conference Committee Community Service Team, led by Jennifer Broyles from Rutgers University, and Lynette Harris from The College of New Jersey, gave attendees opportunities to “give back”. Attendees donated lightly-worn, professional clothing and provided resume/interviewing guidance at a local NJ One-Stop Career Center. The team also introduced us to Jack Burke, son of longtime EACE member Jake Burke. Jack is 8-years old and fighting Neurofibromatosis (NF). NF causes tumors to grow anywhere on, or in, the body. In honor of their strength and courage, the Children’s Tumor Foundation refers to those living with this disorder as “NF Heroes”. Prior to hearing of Jack’s diagnosis, I have never heard of NF and was shocked to learn that the three forms of NF (NF1, NF2, and Schwannomatosis) make it more prevalent than cystic fibrosis.

As a 2013 conference co-chair, I was ecstatic that the committee chose to not only raise awareness of NF to our EACE community, but went the extra mile to raise money for NF research through raffles throughout the conference, and most of all – lend support to our friend and colleague Jake. I am extremely grateful for the unexpected opportunity to learn about NF at the 2013 conference and my new 8-year old hero Jack Burke!

Don’t forget to register for the 2014 EACE Annual Conference in Annapolis, MD to see what unexpected knowledge you may gain!

To learn more about Jack’s journey, visit www.curenfwithjack.com.

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