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Your 2015 JLY Films’ Story


As we welcome in a shiny new 2016, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on you.

What did your support mean to JLY Films in 2015?

yes is a world
& in this world of yes live
(skillfully curled)
all worlds

― E.E. Cummings

In 2015, you said yes to JLY films and in doing so uncurled a more caring and compassionate world.

Look what you made happen in 2015!

Because you said yes to JLY Films, this year the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences awarded us not one but two MidAmerica Regional Emmy Awards gaining us respect and recognition in our field and opening doors to new productions and modes of distribution.  Your support made this happen.

Over 38 million people in Poland will have the opportunity to learn about, better understand and acquire the skills to accept their family, friends and community members living with autism.   We are celebrating the new year by launching Just Like You – Autyzm – Polish Translation.  Your support made this happen.

We produced an anti-bullying pledge video that prompted thousands of kids to make a personal pledge to end bullying.  We re so proud of YAB members and Shawnee Mission East Students, Julie Bond, Grace Chisholm, Emily Frigon, Holly Frigon, Kyle O’Neill and Collin Wendel for leading an auditorium of students and parents in taking the pledge.  And, we were amazed at the efforts of YAB member, Emerson DeBasio, for leading a campaign in Blue Valley North High School’s media department to make their own JLY Anti-bullying videos.

AMC theatres honored us with its 2015 AMC Cares grant.  And, with those funds we produced an MidAmerica Emmy award winning commercial, You’re Invited,  that was viewed thousands of time on cable channels across the midwest sending the message that we are all invited when it comes to understanding and accepting each other.

We are taking our production of Just Like You – Facial Anomalies to new levels by bringing on incredible partnering producers with not only national but international reach.  Thanks to the efforts of co-producer, Emily Eckles, we created new partnerships with Lisa Lori, of the Three Little Bears Organization, Operation Smile, Hannah Storm Foundation.  We are days away from a final draft of the script and have already begun shooting.  Click here for a sneak peak.

We have created incredible new alliances with organizations in other countries the Polish Autism Society, Icelandic Down Syndrome Association and Russian Down Syndrome and Autism Organizations.

This year more than ever, we have had a presence in our local community especially in our local news.  Thanks to the efforts of Alexis Del Cid and Robb Yagmin.  Alexis Del Cid, our MC of the Power of Film event, managed to put together a package for KCTV 5 and also spearheaded the efforts that led to us being awarded the KCTV 5 Take 5 to Care Grant.

Finally, you said yes to uncurling the world of diabetes and the 2015 Power of Film.  And, thanks to Anya Holmes and Wendy Zoog, our event co-chairs, the most generous honorary chairs to date, Jane and Bob Druten, all time high corporate sponsorships, a dedicated committee of volunteers and the momentum built by René and John Meara, Holly Mihalovich and Liz Orr – – Just Like You – Diabetes is fully funded and ready to begin production in 2016!!  And, we are off to a great start with the announcement of outstanding chairs for our 2016 Power of Film Event – Emily Eckles and Julie Bichelmeyer.

We can’t wait to see what 2016 will bring.  Amazing things we’re sure.

All because you said yes to JLY Films.

We’re truly grateful for all of your support in 2015 and we look forward to continuing to use the power of films to create a more caring and compassionate world in 2016 and beyond.


Jen Greenstreet, CEO, Founder and Filmmaker

Just Like You Films’ Board of Directors and Officers, Emily Baldwin, Gary Brock, Kevin Cates, Kyle Claypool, Vanessa Connell, Alexis Del Cid, Amanda Durkin, Sally Ehrich, RN, Chris Greenstreet, Bill Hans, Anya Holmes, Marcia Jacelone, Laura Jones, Rene Meara, Laura Perin, Robb Yagmin


What Are Burns?

what are burns

Burns are a common wound that occurs to the skin, and is the fourth leading cause of injury in the world (behind auto accidents, falls, and violence).

What Causes Burns?

Burns can be caused by four main external sources:

  • Thermal Burns – at temperatures of greater than 111 degrees Fahrenheit, proteins within skin begin to lose their shape and break down, leading to cell and tissue damage. Thermal burns often result from fire or hot liquids.
  • Chemical Burns – exposure to chemicals such as hydrofluoric acid or common household substances like bleach or toilet  bowl cleaner can burn the skin.
  • Electrical Burns – exposure to electricity via either electrical cords and outlets or lightning can cause burns. Most of the damage from this type of burn can actually be internal.
  • Radiation Burns – long exposure to ultraviolet light, or from ionizing radiation such as x-rays, can cause the skin to burn. The most common instance of this is sunburn

There is a scale with four “degrees” of burns depending on the severity of the exposure. First degree burns are superficial burns that generally heal well within a week. These burns do not penetrate the epidermis (visible layer of skin). Second degree burns can take up to three weeks to heal and often do not leave scarring. These burns extend into the dermis (internal layers of skin). Third degree burns can take months to heal, if they do at all and extend throughout the entire dermis. Fourth degree burns are the most severe, extending past the dermis into muscles/bones/fat. Fourth degree burns often require amputation and can be fatal.

Burn Treatments

Burn treatments have been documented as far back as the ancient Egyptians using breast milk. Cave paintings and papyrus from 3,500 years ago show that honey and resin were used as treatments. Other treatments used throughout history include tea leaves, pig fat, vinegar, wine, and myrrh.

We’ve come a long way since then. The roots of modern burn treatment can be traced back to London in 1843, with the opening of the first hospital to treat burns. During World War I, disinfecting standards were established using sodium hypochlorite solutions, greatly reducing mortality rates. By World War II, skin grafting became a widespread procedure.

Severe burns can be treated with a number of different approaches combining to produce life-changing results. With the severe burns, it’s vital to keep the burned flesh from becoming infected. Cooling the burn with room temperature water in the early stages of the burn can help stop its spread. Topical antibiotics will help keep out infection. Intravenous fluids will help to keep the burn victim hydrated. Surgery to the wounds is also performed on the most severe of burns to close wounds and promote healing.

Burn Facts

  • Chemical burns account for less than 10% of all burns, but 30% of all burn-related deaths
  • More than 25,000 substances are known to cause chemical burns
  • There were 340,000 fatal burns worldwide in 2010
  • Burns are a top-15 cause of death in children worldwide
  • 70% of burns in the U.S. happen to males
  • 60% of burn fatalities occur in Southeast Asia
  • 1/3 of burns in India are the result of loose clothing catching on fire

Burn Victim Video Stories

Learn more about burns by watching our film: “Just Like You – Burns as Told by Three Children”.