On March 3, 2011, eleven-year-old Jessie Rees, from Orange County, California, was diagnosed with an inoperable and incurable brain tumor (DIPG).
During her 10-month fight, Jessie wanted to spread joy to other kids fighting cancer and encourage them to Never Ever Give Up or “NEGU”- which was her personal motto of courage and strength. Jessie created JoyJars, 64-oz jars filled with toys and games, and would deliver them to kids in treatment as a way to encourage them to NEGU. She personally stuffed and sent over 3,000 of her JoyJars to kids across the United States.
Jessie’s mission continues today through the work of the Jessie Rees Foundation. To-date, the Jessie Rees Foundation has sent over 200,000 JoyJars to kids fighting cancer in all 50 states and in 33 countries.
- Erik Rees