Jessie Rees Foundation | Encouraging Kids Fighting Cancer to Never Ever Give Up
Jessie Rees Foundation is all about giving "CARE" to each child and family. We will care until there is a cure. Help us care for and encourage every child. Ensuring every kid & family impacted by childhood cancer has the support & resources to Never Ever Give Up!
Five time NBA national champion Kobe Bryant came to the JoyFactory last week!
Bryant visited the JoyFactory to stuff JoyJars with girls from his Mamba girls basketball team.
Kobe and the Mamba girls basketball team stuffed 400 JoyJars for Courageous Kids fighting cancer! He even signed a JoyJar box!
We are so thankful for the support of Athletes spreading the word about Jessie’s motto and her wish to “please help every kid fighting cancer Never Ever Give Up!” We are honored to have Kobe Bryant in the JoyFactory!
NFL will be wearing cleats this weekend as part of the NFL’s annual “My Cause, My Cleats” initiative. The campaign, now in its third year, allows players to represent charitable causes of their choice with pre-approved custom cleat designs to wear during games over the three-week period. According to the NFL, more than 800 players are planning to showcase their causes this year.
Seattle Seahawks tighten Nick Vannett has chosen to support the Jessie Rees Foundation with his cleats for the “My Cause, My Cleats” campaign! Check out these amazing cleats, they have toys that come in Jessie’s JoyJars painted on them. We are thankful for Nick’s support to help kids fighting cancer Never Ever Give Up!
Check out more on why Nick chose to support the Jessie Rees Foundation in this Driving with Gee video…HERE!
The Houston Texans players will be wearing cleats this weekend as part of the NFL’s annual “My Cause, My Cleats” initiative. The campaign, now in its third year, allows players to represent charitable causes of their choice with pre-approved custom cleat designs to wear during games over the three-week period. According to the NFL, more than 800 players are planning to showcase their causes this year.
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson’s cleats for a cause are powder blue and support the Jessie Rees Foundation. The cleats were unveiled on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in Houston.
“I’ve been involved in this since high school through Nike,” said Watson, whose mother is a cancer survivor, “It’s big for me.”
Watson’s cleats are powder-blue with Jessie’s , ‘Never Ever Give Up,’ motto on the side. How cool! Thank you Deshaun for supporting the Jessie Rees Foundation!
My Jessie Journal:: Hi Sweet Pea, it’s daddy! I miss you so much and love you tons more. I’m actually writing to you from the living room where this massive 14’ Christmas tree is. Yep, mom & Shaya went big again. I can’t argue with them because they say…”It’s this big so it can be closer to Jessie”. LOL. I love the tree…it’s very large but it’s beautiful and all of your ornamentals are on it. We decorated it last weekend and thankfully there were no tears…even a few…“Remember Jessie loved….” statements. The big test will be Christmas…that is one of those “just get through it days” but at the same time we don’t want to rob Shaya and JT of having a great fun Christmas.
There are so many pictures of you from your last Christmas with us that I look at and remember on a regular occasion. We don’t share any of them due to the impact cancer was having on your body. Cancer took your hair, part of your vision, part of your ability to walk and eventually your life but cancer NEVER took your spirit to fight, your smile and your beautiful eyes.
Oh…how I miss those eyes. I still look at pictures and go right for your eyes. Your eyes will forever be the gateway to my heart…your eyes could speak without any sounds. They could evoke emotion and feel feelings in seconds. Your eyes told us so much. Even in the end when you couldn’t speak much…your eyes did all of the talking.
Darn…this liquid is starting to drip off my cheeks and cause my nose to run. I was feeling so strong when I woke up and started to write. Your eyes got me again…they will always penetrate my heart with love!
I miss you and your eyes so much Sweet Pea!!! I love you and your eyes tons more!!!
Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that is fueled by the support of social media, word of mouth and collaboration. TODAY November 27, 2018 is #GivingTuesday and we hope that you will join us in supporting kids fighting cancer and encouraging them to NEVER EVER GIVE UP!
What Your Gift Means: Your donation on Giving Tuesday, November 27th means Courageous Kids and their Families in the fight against Childhood Cancer will receive Jessie’s JoyJars and be encouraged to NEGU! Instead of feeling lonely, labeled, and limited, these amazing kids would be brought hope and encouragement to Never Ever Give Up.
We are raising money to spread joy to kids and families fighting Childhood Cancer and your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500. Every little bit helps. AND on Giving Tuesday Nov 27, Facebook and PayPal will match a total of $7 Million in donations. Thank you for your support!!
The Jessie Rees Foundation ensures families impacted by childhood cancer have the support & resources to Never Ever Give Up! Learn more at www.negu.org/joy.
Donate two ways today…
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Facebook and PayPal are contributing a total of up to $7 million in matching to donations made through Facebook today, so donate early.
This is your chance to make a difference in 2018!
The Mobile JoyFactory is a national and global corporate engagement opportunity for compassionate companies and their employees. The Mobile JoyFactory has spread JOY to kids fighting cancer with hundreds of amazing companies like: Panasonic Avionics, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Anthem, UPS, American Airlines, Home Depot, Hyundai Capital, Western Digital, COX, Applied Medical, DeVita and Baxalta and most recently Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona!
It was another amazing JoyFactory stop and we are honored to partner with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona as their compassionate team stuffed 1200 JoyJars for courageous kids fighting cancer! WOW!
Who will be the next stop? Learn more at negu.org/mobile-joy-factory
My Jessie Journal:: Hi Sweet Pea, it’s daddy! Happy Thanksgiving. We are getting ready to head down to Nana and Papa’s house. I love this picture from years ago when you asked to “feed me”. Such good times and great memories.
Do you have “Thanksgiving” in Heaven? No matter if you do or don’t, I’m so thankful for the days I had with you here on earth as your daddy. Those are days I will forever cherish. Thankfully God used a song on this TV show called The Voice to remind me I can still cherish each day with you even when you are not physically here. The song that was performed is by a country band called Lonestar. The title of the song is…I’m Already There. The chorus goes…
I’m already there
Take a look around
I’m the sunshine in your hair
I’m the shadow on the ground
I’m the whisper in the wind
I’m your imaginary friend
And I know I’m in your prayers
Oh, I’m already there
You are already here Jessie…I just need to “take a look around” more. You are the sunshine in my hair and the shadow on the ground. You are the whisper in the wind and my imaginary friend. You are always in my prayers…because you are already here!!!
I’m so glad this song was sung…the words ministered to my soul so much. I know I will have good and bad days ahead but I can choose to “take a look around” everyday of my life.
Thankful for you, miss you so much and LOVE YOU more than words or songs could ever describe.
Dennis jr. or “Dj” is a very personable young man. He is a team player and will do what he has to to help his team. He has been very strong and brave throughout his treatments. Some days are harder than others but he continually does everything necessary to get through his diagnosis.
At age 10, this year, he was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma – a rare type of cancer that occurs in bones or in the soft tissue around the bones. His dad says, “After months of treatments it seems as though some people kinda forget about you. We still have a long way to go. Foundations like NEGU are a blessing. Especially when we sometime feel like we’re at the end of our rope.”
Dj is extremely selfless just like Jessie! He was granted a wish from a granted wishes foundation and the day his dad told him about it he told responded that there are kids worse off than him and that maybe they should have it. Later that day he told me that kids worse than him probably get a wish so he would think about it. He still hasn’t decided on a wish. He said maybe someday he would think of something.
Dj and his family say that “Just the thought of knowing that there are groups like this help us get through this horrible time” are such encouragement for them. When he got his first JoyJar in the mail, Dj’s response was “People really want to do this kinda stuff for me and other kids?!”
“NEGU is a reminder to continue to fight for my life even when I want to give up, to know others are praying for me encourages me to keep on fighting.” – Sarah
12-year-old Sarah is a sweetheart! She has a love for others that carries through in all she does. Not only is she a bright student, she also has a passion for writing music and playing the piano. She enjoys playing the piano, hanging out with family and friends and playing video games.
Sarah and her family are fairly new to the Jessie Rees Foundation and have just signed up for Jessie’s JoyJars, her mom says, “in the short time, we have felt loved and encouraged.” She says, “We appreciate the love and support of our family, friends and the community of believers that have come around us to pray and help carry our burdens.”
My Jessie Journal:: The message I never got…Ring, Ring, Ring….“Hi, this is Erik Rees and I’m away from my phone. Please leave a message and I will return your call as soon as possible. Thank you.”
“Hi Daddy, it’s Jessie. I was calling to check-in and see how you, mommy, Shaya and JT are doing. Daddy, I know you worry about me but I’m doing great, have lots of friends and grandpa Si and grandma Amy are here too. I still love baking, swimming and have developed a love for photography. I wish I could send you some of the pictures…Heaven is such a beautiful place Daddy. Please give mommy, Shaya and JT a big hug and kiss from me. I miss you all. Daddy, I hope you have an amazing birthday Monday…big 5-0! Love you so much. Bye.”