It is with heartbreaking sadness that we announce that Jules Buchanan, one of Philadelphia FIGHT’s Project TEACH instructors, has passed away. Jules was a ray of sunshine to so many of the staff and participants at FIGHT. He was a truly beloved team member in Project TEACH, working collaboratively and creatively with us to provide the best possible program to our participants. He was exceptionally good at teaching and communicating complicated treatment information to the class members. He was someone who always provided a listening ear to our participants and was able to break up tense moments by making everyone laugh. Everyone felt that he was their biggest cheerleader on their pathway to whatever goals they may have had. He helped create and teach the first Youth TEACH classes, started a very popular sewing group at FIGHT, co-facilitated TEACH Alumni groups, and our annual Cookout. He was a mentor to dozens of our participants. But mostly, he was the person in the room who brought smiles to everyone face. He had so much to offer the world and he was just getting started. He was and is simply irreplaceable. Jules was joy. We will forever miss his smile, his laugh, his warmth, his incredible sense of style, his authenticity, and his wisdom.
Rest in Style, Jules. With Love, Your FIGHT Family