Markham’s Julianna Despina Kozis was only 10 when she was killed in the Danforth shooting on July 22, 2018.
To highlight Julianna’s many amazing traits, her cousin Anastasia Kanellakis, with the help of other family members, started the JDK Foundation which encourages kindness by helping those in need.
The JDK Foundation, also known as the “Just Do Kindness” Foundation, honours the memory of Julianna, and the kindness she embodied in life,” explains Kanellakis. “Those who knew Julianna knew of her exuded positivity, beaming smile at every turn, and as a girl who had so much love in her heart. One of the most powerful tributes to Julianna is to ensure that her bright light continues to shine, inspire, and bring hope to the lives of others who most need it.”
The mission of JDK Foundation is to make kindness an instinct in the larger dream of making the world a better place. For its first campaign, the foundation looked to recognize and assist grieving children and their families through a partnership with Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre which provides much needed support to hundreds of children, youth and families facing grief, terminal illness, and traumatic loss.
The JDK Foundation hoped to raise $25,000 to support the Centre’s inaugural family camp program named “Camp Kindness,” inspired by the memory and spirit of Julianna. “Just Do Kindness” recently tripled their goal of raising $25,000 for the Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre.
Through the generosity and support of friends, family and the greater community, the JDK Foundation has tripled its goal, raising $75,000 for Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre. This contribution will fund the centre’s family camp, ‘Camp Kindess’, for three years.
Photo: Julianna Despina Kozis.