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Our community has lost a hero and two daughters have lost their mother. Paramedic Captain Jill Adams, single mother of Sarah and Elena, finally perished to Neuroendocrine Carcinoma (NEC), an extremely rare form of cancer known as the “Zebra Cancer." Diagnosed one year ago, Jill continued to work full time while supporting her two daughters. She was a dedicated instructor for Gunnison Valley Health Paramedics teaching our next generation of EMTs. Passionate about teaching and bringing her 34 years of street paramedic experience to our Gunnison and Crested Butte population, Jill literally taught until her body could no longer hold back the tide of this insidious disease. Even in Jill’s final moments with us, she was smiling and laughing with her mother, daughter and huge EMS family at her side. She just didn’t know how to quit.

We are asking for your help in establishing a conservatorship for Jill’s daughters: to take care of final hospital bills, family expenses and the future Jill wished for her girls, a higher education. Please consider helping us support Sarah and Elena, as Jill’s mother Brandy and their father, Cliff Adams, take over watch of this beautiful, yet torn family.

The Jill Adams Memorial Fund has been set up through the Gunnison Valley Health Foundation to support Jill's daughters and help pay for medical expenses incurred during her treatment. All donations are tax deductible. Donations can be mailed to the GVH Foundation at 711 N. Taylor Street Gunnison, Colorado 81230 Attn: Jill Adams Memorial Fund.

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