In Memory of Missy
Missy McDill — A Creative and Giving Spirit
We are saddened by the passing of our most treasured and longest serving Board President, Melissa “Missy” McDill. Missy was one of a kind. She shared her love of life and generous spirit with everyone she met.
When considering her own cancer journey, Missy always remembered the children and dedicated her life to improving theirs. Missy created the first KIDRAGEOUS event for children with cancer, and helped lead the efforts to declare September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in the State of California.
Missy was a powerhouse philanthropist. She was fiercely generous and relentlessly motivated others to give to her beloved Jacob’s Heart. She cared deeply and personally, donating an average of $10,000 annually, and during her tenure as President of the Jacob’s Heart Board, Missy gave more than $100,000. Her gifts directly improved the quality of life for hundreds of local children with cancer and thousands of their family members.
A native of Salinas, California, Missy created and sustained a woman-owned business, McDill Associates, a fact of which she was very proud. McDill Associates would go on to shape the face of the fresh produce industry, earning her dozens of awards for her groundbreaking design, packaging, and strategic marketing efforts.
Missy will be remembered as a larger-than-life spirit who loved dancing, travel, art, and laughter.
Let’s meet Missy’s match and continue her legacy of love.