The Humanitarian Award is presented to a graduate who has provided outstanding service to the community and contributed to the betterment of society. The recipient of this year's award was Michael Jaillet, of the Class of 1991.
You could say that Michael Jaillet was born to be an Anselmian. His father, Bill, graduated from Saint Anselm College in 1964 and his brother, Bill, graduated in 1990. Michael's friends and classmates agree that his life as a student and now as an alumnus truly embodies the values and character reinforced here on the Hilltop.
You could also say that Michael Jaillet was born a leader. In June of 2011, just a few days after he and his classmates celebrated their 20th college reunion, Michael was diagnosed with ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. With loving support from his wife, Libbi, and their three children Mickey, A.J. and Katie, Michael made the faithful and courageous decision to lead efforts to raise awareness as well as funds to help provide care for other ALS patients less fortunate than him.
Rather than the alternatives, Michael decided to fight back and lead. Through his own work, he discovered that ALS research was vastly underfunded. He and his family and friends began raising funds to support research by selling wrist bands, which led to the establishment of MJ's Army, a 503c3 organization. To date, over $100,000 has been raised through MJ's Army and these funds are directed to the ALS Association and its Texas Chapter, and the ALS Therapy Development Institute. His faith, family and friends have helped Michael cope with the debilitating effects of this disease and he remains committed to spreading ALS awareness and to improving the lives of others with ALS.