Our Story

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Meet Julia

Julia was born January 7, 2002. In 2014, at the age of 12 years old, she was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, a terminal brain cancer.​

​​Julia’s Star Childhood Cancer Foundation was created by Julia's parents, Alex and Lacy, and her sister, Jasmyn, to continue Julia's legacy of helping others.

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The Journey

During Julia’s first round of radiation, we learned a lot about pediatric cancer families. Many families that we met were faced taking leave of absence to care for their children, impossible financial situations, and often job loss.

​We recognized how fortunate we were because I had an employer who stood by us and allowed me to support my daughter without the fear of losing my job or benefits.  It was Julia’s dream that we would somehow find a way to help these families.


With determination and a positive attitude, Julia fought valiantly throughout this journey. She always thought of how she could help others and how she could make them smile by acting silly. 

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The JSF Inception

​​On our way back home from her first round of radiation, we brainstormed about what we could do to help families that were also going through childhood cancer.


Sadly, the cancer came back with a vengeance and Julia lost her battle on January 14, 2016.

We decided to continue Julia’s legacy by helping other families affected by childhood cancer. Our family and friends rallied for us while we were fighting this beast. It is time for us to rally together and help other families going through this as well. 

Board Members

Alexandra Passos - Founder/Chairperson

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Alex is Julia's mother and founder of the Julia's Star Foundation. Alex holds the Controller position at a local company. Alex is passionate about helping other families whose shoes she's been in and fund pediatric cancer research. Alex is also the liaison between the foundation and Hospitals/families that require assistance.

Jenevah Porter - Director of Marketing Outreach

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Jenevah is Julia's cousin. She works as a Strategic Account Manager for a cloud application company, loves dogs, eating incredible food, riding motorcycles and working out.

Renee Bartlett - Chief Financial Officer

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Renee MBA, CPA is a Tax Manager at a local CPA firm. Renee rallied for the Passos family while Julia was going through treatments and mom was unable to work while caring for Julia.

Board Members

Allyse Carter - Treasurer

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Allyse is a tax senior at a local CPA firm. In her spare time, she does volunteer work for various charitable organizations and enjoys traveling.

Tammy Campbell - Secretary

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Personal Banker for 39 Years. Responsible for performing intermediate duties and support related to branch operational activities and financial services by processing all new account-related transactions.

Julia Aquino - Board Member

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 An entrepreneur, hard-working mom, breast cancer survivor, business coach and founder of All Systems Grow – that’s me.

Help Our Cause

Your contributions will enable us to help support another family dealing with pediatric brain cancer and getting us one step closer to finding a cure. All donations to Julia's Star Foundation are deductible.

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