ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 29, 2013— Florida Realtors® has named Jill Johns as its 2013 Humanitarian of the Year, proving that Realtors make a difference in their communities. Johns is a sales associate with Century 21 Hansen Realty Inc. in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The awards were presented during the state association’s recent 97th annual Convention & Trade Expo at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla.As a child, the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted Johns a wish. That experience made an unforgettable impact and inspired her to volunteer with the foundation as soon as she was old enough. Having personally experienced the power of the Make-A-Wish mission, Johns has served as a driving force in the granting of wishes over the last 20 years. She is actively involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida.
Johns says she feels that “if children can witness her, as a living-proof survivor, then they realize they too can overcome their life-threatening illness.”
One special wish-granting experience stands out for Johns. She once made six-year-old Chloe’s wish come true by getting her to Disney so she could have tea with the Disney princesses – a day her whole family cherished. Years later, she ran into Chloe’s mom and was overjoyed to hear how well Chloe was doing.
Her mom told Johns that one of Chloe’s friends once asked about her scar. Chloe explained it was from surgery that occurred when she had leukemia. Her friend asked, “Leukemia? Don’t you die from that?” Chloe responded … “No silly, you get to go to Disney and have tea with the princesses.”
That, Johns says, is the power of a wish fulfilled by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Florida Realtors recognized Johns for her life-long commitment to the Make-A-Wish Foundation as well as her work for Kids In Distress, the Starlight Starbright Foundation, Marine Industry Cares, the Humane Society, the Red Cross and several other worthy causes.