Marla Gilson and the Association of Jewish Aging Services, which fired her after she was stricken by cancer, have come to terms. "As part of the settlement, AJAS has agreed to provide Ms. Gilson with additional severance and to provide financial support to help cover her medical expenses," said the statement issued by AJAS.
Marla Gilson found out in January that she had acute leukemia. By March, she learned that her disease had cost her not only her good health, but her job leading an advocacy group for the Jewish aged. In quick succession, friends, colleagues and acquaintances in Washington’s Jewish activist community rallied to Gilson’s bedside to support her in her fight with her employer -- the Association of Jewish Aging Services -- and also to champion a wider cause: registering Ashkenazi Jews as potential bone marrow donors.