In healthcare, it is easy to become cynical. We are surrounded by the shortcomings of our own industry — it’s easy to criticize and point out where we fall short.

Everyone… frontline workers, patients, doctors, pharmacists, researchers, administrators… we all have, at some time or another, felt powerless to make things better. This powerlessness is made worse by our pandemic and the complications and uncertainties that surround us.

But, once in a while, we meet people who inspire us to pick up our burden and move forward. Rather than preaching from some lofty hilltop, they do this by their example.

This episode of Rare Voices features one of those examples. At least, he has been one for me. Our guest today is Bill Jollie, an account executive for a global drug manufacturing company. But, more importantly, Bill is a husband, a foster parent, a cancer survivor, a nonprofit founder, a Marine, and an inspiring human.

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Bill Jollie, or “Jollie” is a former Marine, foster parent, cancer advocate, nonprofit founder and Account Executive with a global pharmaceutical manufacturer. In 2011, Jollie was diagnosed with a type of blood cancer called Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma and told he had 10 years to live. Jollie became a triathlete to fight his death sentence and went from chemotherapy to international distance triathlon in 16 months and lost 25 pounds along the way. He has competed in numerous races since then including the Marine Corps Marathon & North Carolina 70.3 mile Ironman. To help others lead healthier lives, Jollie started a charitable weight loss program called Interrupt Hunger which helps motivate participants to lose weight by asking them to “Donate Your Weight,” and donate $1.00 to local food banks for every pound you lose to help fight hunger. He was appointed by North Carolina’s Governor to the NC Advisory Committee for Cancer Coordination & Control and served as the Prevention Subcommittee Chair for North Carolina’s state Cancer Plan. He advocated for funding and policy change for cancer survivors in Washington D.C. and Raleigh, NC as an Ambassador with American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network. He now lives in the Texas hill country with his wife Tracy and three daughters, Kelsey, Katie & Ensley.

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Music Credits:

Westpoint Instrumental by Sun Shapes