Jillian Duffy – Miss Connecticut 2019

~ Social Impact ~

Jillian’s Journey – Pediatric Cancer Research and Awareness

Jillian Duffy is a 22 year old studying Business and Marketing at Southern Connecticut State University. She has competed within the Miss America Organization since the age of eight and has held multiple titles within the organization. Jillian strongly believes in what this organization promotes and has continuously experienced growth within herself throughout her time in the organization.

Jillian’s social impact statement is entitled “Jillian’s Journey: Pediatric Cancer Research and Awareness”, the voice of a patient and the advocate of a survivor. Jillian’s Journey not only raises awareness of the underfunding of pediatric cancer research but also focuses on the journey through cancer treatment and eventual triumph of an individual. As a survivor herself, Jillian shares her story of her battle and eventual victory over cancer to inspire others to face obstacles with a positive mindset and to always chase your dreams.

Jillian enjoys singing, spending time with family and friends and going on adventures with her fur baby Ella! Jillian feels privileged and honored to represent the patients of Connecticut Children’s as an ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network!