The Jill Woo Ching Story
Jill has been an integral part of the St. Vrain Valley School district for years, as an employee, parent volunteer, and as a parent. She has worked as a health clerk at Longmont Estates, Lyons Elementary, Fall River Elementary School, and is currently on leave from her job at Blue Mountain Elementary. Jill Woo Ching has supported this community for years, especially supporting young people through her church, missionary work, and voluntarism in the St.Vrain Valley Schools.
Jill was diagnosed with Leiomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer, eight years ago. At that time, she had surgery to remove the cancerous tissue. Last fall, she felt back pain as she helped a friend devastated by the floods. She thought she had strained muscles from the heavy work. Instead, she found out that her cancer had returned, with spots on her spine and in her lungs. Doctors suggested surgery again, but family and friends researched to get a second opinion, and they discovered MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
Jill is currently being treated at MD Anderson with aggressive chemotherapy and radiation. Her husband, Sililo, continues to work in Boulder County, and he, family and friends keep a vigil with Jill, each taking turns traveling to Houston to stay with her.
Jill and Sililo have been married for thirty years, and they have twin daughters, Christina and Maria who both work in physical health and therapy, and a son Ben who is a sophomore at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.
The Woo Chings are a close-knit family who treasure each other, give willingly and are deeply grateful and religious. Jill is a detail-oriented person, balanced by her big-picture oriented husband. She is gracious and welcoming to all. She opened her home to her children’s friends throughout high school, making her home a safe haven for teenagers to come and eat, especially on “waffle night.” She never forgets a person, or an act of kindness and goodwill. Jill loves camping with the family and refuses to ever sell their big pop-up tent.
Jill is exceptional in many ways that make her unique, valued, and loved. She is one of us, here in our community, and now she is exceptional again, as the 2014 Happy Smackah. We are deeply honored to meet and know this family, and we look forward to joining the community, once again, in support of this family.
The Happy Smackah family of sponsors and volunteers are honored and proud to support Jill Woo Ching as the 2014 Happy Smackah. We thank you for your help and support in any way that you are capable – by participating in our Happy Smackah 5k Fun Run on May 10th, through a General donation, through Sponsorship or by Volunteering.
For updates on Jill, visit her Caring Bridge site.