The Beginning

How it all began…Margaux Williams-Glover is a graduate of the University of North Florida and Mother to two beautiful daughters: Jayla and Marlee. Their family currently resides in Jacksonville, FL. The Jayla’s Smile organization was created by (then) 8 year old, Jayla and her Mother after Jayla was diagnosed with Lupus in May 2010. Jayla and her Mother set out on a journey to find out more information on the disease and how it could affect their family. Because Lupus is rare in young children, Jayla decided to create an organization dedicated to kids just like herself. An organization that will allow interaction between kids who have been diagnosed with Lupus or other rare illnesses so they can learn to live and succeed no matter what their current state.

This movement was also to hopefully enlighten others and increase awareness of these diseases. By visiting our site, we want to let others know what Lupus is, what to expect of it and how life can go on for you or a loved one who has Lupus or any other illness.

It started with one vision and $20. Our first donation came from a sponsor who heard what we were trying to do an immediately took interest. This $20 set the tone for something so much greater and we are forever grateful. The over abundance of love began to flow as word spread and we were able to incorporate and start functioning; getting our name out to others strictly by word of mouth. Everyone who has worked with this organization has worked on a voluntary basis. No one is paid to do what they do, but is working out of the kindness of their own hearts and usually, after a full day of work elsewhere.

In April 2012, we achieved 501c3 status and are now tax exempt. We work closely with the children in our communities as well as other non-profit organizations around town with a focus on ailing children. We will host events and seminars to raise awareness and build friendships among these children. We encourage everyone to find out how you can make a difference with Jayla’s Smile and after leaving this site, educate someone else!

Our Purpose

The Jayla’s Smile team is now working to promote awareness of Lupus as it affects children as well as men and women. Currently, there are more people affected by Lupus than people affected by AIDS. This is an amazing fact simply because Lupus is so unfamiliar to alot of people yet it affects alot of people as well. Many people have Lupus for a long time before it is even detected and in severe cases, the disease can be deadly. There is not a single lab test that can tell if you have Lupus. Many symptoms of this disease imitate symptoms of other disease and they often come and go making it hard to catch. These things make it very important for us to be aware and to make sure we know the warning signs in order to help ourselves as well as a loved one.

As news of the Jayla’s Smile organization spread, many began to ask a very valid question
“What is Lupus?”. In hearing this, we have decided to take the organization a bit further.

According to the Lupus Foundation of America: Lupus, is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any organ of the body. In lupus, the body’s immune system, which normally functions to protect against foreign invaders, becomes hyperactive, forming antibodies that attack normal tissues and organs, including the skin, joints, kidneys, brain, heart, lungs, and blood. Lupus is characterized by periods of illness, called flares, and periods of wellness, or remission.

Several types of Lupus include:

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (S.L.E.)
Discoid Lupus Erythematosus
Drug-induced Lupus

For more information on Lupus visit http://www.lupus.org!

While we are still a fairly new organization, we have plans for monthly support groups, quarterly seminars and more educational opportunities. If you would like to be apart of a growing organization that will make a huge difference in the Jacksonville community please contact us ready to work. This is a non-profit organization and you must understand that all work is done on a voluntary basis.