Elsie Jones is an artistic lady.

She’s worked with ceramics for a number of years and learned how to paint and make jewelry when she moved to Jackson Health Care Facility.

She recently put those talents to good use when she learned a young relative, Matt Bryan, was diagnosed with cancer.

Matt is battling Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer that according to WebMD accounts for just one percent of all childhood cancers. Many of Matt’s medical bills and other expenses are not covered by the family’s insurance.

Elsie created several handmade cards, paintings and pieces of jewelry and put them up for sale at Jackson Health Care Facility. Her sale raised over $700 for Matt’s family!

“Matt is my first cousin’s grandson, and I wanted to help any way I could,” Elsie said.

Elsie can relate to Matt’s situation. She became disabled in 2005 and moved to Jackson Health Care Facility because her medical and personal care needs were greater than she could handle at home. Elsie has flourished thanks to the caring staff.

Elsie Jones is difference maker for Matt Bryan and his family. She’s an inspiration to others and shows you can make a difference in you community no matter your circumstances.

Editor’s Note: This article is the first in ANHA.org’s new series highlighting people who make a difference in nursing homes and the local community. 

About Jackson Health Care Facility:

Jackson Health Care Facility is a 91-bed skilled nursing center offering speech, physical and occupational therapy in addition to long term health care. Bonnie Pope is the Administrator and Gloria Beck is the Director of Nursing. The facility is located in Jackson in Clarke County.