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Emily's story

Thank you for the opportunity to share my daughter, Emily's, tragic story. This does not get any easier, in fact even though many years have gone by since her death, my life still seems so surreal. There is no pain greater than losing a child. My beautiful Emily's death was senseless and preventable. However, by establishing Emily's Foundation, I genuinely hope to prevent any other family from having to endure the pain that I live with every day. Read Emily's full story here.

Why We're Passionate About Finding Solutions

This video showcases exactly who we are and why we do what we do. The Emily Jerry Foundation is committed to saving lives by reducing preventable medical errors. We work with many partners to make this vision a reality. President, Christopher Jerry, can come to your facility or patient safety event to make an impact on your team of caregivers.

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Announcing The Emily Jerry Foundation's National Pharmacy Technician Initiative and Scorecard

As with the heartbreaking story of my beautiful little girl Emily in 2006 (see Emily's Story for details) as well as the more recent tragedy and loss of life that occurred as result of unsafe pharmacy practices in Massachusetts at the pharmacy responsible for the meningitis outbreak, the general public is not made aware of the fact that they are routinely put at risk within our nation's medical facilities until it is too late. Similarly, a majority of the public is not aware of the fact that in all of our nation's medical facilities, pharmacy technicians are being used to compound virtually all of their intravenous medications (IV medications) while they receive treatment. To make matters even worse, there are still many states that have absolutely no requirements, or proof of competency, whatsoever, for the pharmacy technicians who routinely compound patient's IV medications on a day-to-day basis. The Emily Jerry Foundation's National Pharmacy Technician Initiative and Scorecard aims to change that. With the launch of the new interactive map that is available on our home page at, we have attempted to increase the flow of information to the general public and to our lawmakers about these reversible conditions and to become a catalyst for change. We hope to highlight the states that are doing a great job of protecting their patients through strict controls and educational requirements for pharmacy techs, as well as encourage those that are lagging behind to make improvements in their own standards in order to improve care and potentially save lives. That is the goal of the Emily Jerry Foundation, and myself as a patient safety advocate. To help save lives through reducing and eliminating the human error component of medicine. We hope this initiative will continue the momentum of our progress in that area. Click here to read the full press release.

Very best regards,
Christopher S. Jerry
President & CEO
The Emily Jerry Foundation

Latest News

Advocacy Heals U – The journey has just begun

When my coauthor, Joni James Aldrich and I first started this endeavor to write “Advocacy Heals U – 15 Keys to Fast Track Results and Emotional Fulfillment”, this past January, we both shared a very strong sentiment and intention, we wanted to write a book that would truly help every single person that took the time to read it. When we first began this project we really had no idea, exactly, how many people and lives our new book would positively touch. As Joni began the writing, we naturally started spending countless hours and days discussing the various aspects of other advocate’s unique journeys. In particular, we focused on the lives and stories of so many of the amazing advocates we had interviewed on Advocacy Heals U, the radio show, over the years who, like Joni and I, had gone through all types of unexpected and unimaginable life events. As we continued our in depth research for this important book, Joni and I really began to see multiple distinct patterns emerge, with respect to people and how they individually responded to the adversity that they encountered in their lives. What we found was incredible! Those people who were able to take their darkest moments in their lives, those unimaginable events that nobody expected, and bring those painful experiences forward in ways that benefit and help others, ALL of them experienced an overwhelming sense of healing, as well as, so many other unexpected blessings. “Advocacy Heals U – 15 Keys to Fast Track Results and Emotional Fulfillment”, references the heartfelt stories of 95 stellar advocates, real people, who have all experienced real Emotional Fulfillment through their advocacy!

On October 22nd, Joni and I had the distinct honor of meeting former First Lady, Rosalynn Carter at a reception held for the Rosalynn Carter Institute’s Annual Global Summit in beautiful Americus, Georgia. On October 23rd, we were humbled to give our very first book presentation and subsequent book signing at the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, with the former First Lady actually in attendance! We were told that the special dedication (pictured below) that Joni and I made at the beginning of our book, to the Former 39th President of the United States and the Former First Lady, actually brought tears to Mrs. Carter’s eyes when it was read to her the following day! Below you will find the actual dedication included in our book, the presentation we gave during the event, and a photo of the former first lady and I.

More recently, we have been notified that our publisher, Motivational Press, has submitted our book for a Pulitzer Prize! Through this book we truly hope to inspire advocates all over the world to take control of their lives and begin the hard work of making this world a better place for others in the process.

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Huffington Post mentions Emily Jerry Foundation in Article on Patient Safety

Better Late than never is what I say! I wanted to post this great article from June about patient safety that was published on Huffington Post. I was very surprised they even mentioned me. Please spread the word about this very important issue facing our nation’s medical facilities.

Read the Huffington Post article by clicking here.

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Christopher Jerry Interviewed by Pharmacy Times

This was a great way to start the work week! My good friend and esteemed board member of The Emily Jerry Foundation, Ann Oberg, made me aware of some recent articles that ran in Pharmacy Times regarding the vital national issue of pharmacy technician regulation and oversight. The following is an interview I did with Ryan Marotta from Pharmacy Times where we discussed this important topic that affects ALL of us in America! Thank you so much everyone for giving me these opportunities for interviews, public speaking engagements, etc., and most of all, for helping me to honor my beautiful daughter, Emily’s, short life here on earth in ways that ultimately save so many lives!

Click here to read the Pharmacy Times story.

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  • Nate & Katherine

    A Letter to My Children

    Dear Nate & Katherine,

    I truly love and miss, both of you, more than you will ever know! I am so incredibly sorry that you both have had to endure the loss of your baby sister, the death of your uncle, and the breakup of your family in such a short period of time. You both were the absolute best big brother and sister ever and I know how much you both must still hurt and miss her! I genuinely hope and pray that you find some comfort and that you both always know in your heart that little Emily is still watching over all of us!

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  • Our mission

    The Emily Jerry Foundation is determined to help make our nation’s, world renowned, medical facilities safer for everyone, beginning with our babies and children. We are accomplishing this very important objective by focusing on increasing public awareness of key patient safety related issues and identifying technology and best practices that are proven to minimize the “human error” component of medicine. Through our ongoing efforts The Emily Jerry Foundation is working hard to save lives every day.

    Thank You So Very Much for Your Support! ~Chris Jerry

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    Advocacy Heals U

    Internet Radio Show Co-hosted by Joni Aldrich and Chris Jerry of the Emily Jerry Foundation

    Through my work as an advocate, I never really knew the profound healing that would occur on a personal level, as Emily’s father. It’s this type of healing process that can occur, for anyone who has experienced or is going through a life-changing crisis, that cohost Joni Aldrich ( and I, discuss on our weekly show called ADVOCACY HEALS U. Please join us every Tuesday at 2:00pm EST and find out how to be an advocate for positive change and how it can, subsequently, heal and inspire you too! Over any web enabled device, you can listen to the show by either going to or If you happen to miss a show it will be rebroadcast each Saturday at 3:00pm EST. All our shows are archived on Click on the button below to scroll through the archives.