Walk or Run For Pediatric Cancer-2013 OC Marathon

Walk for Pediatric Cancer

Run/Walk with TeamNEGU to promote awareness for pediatric cancer.

Join TeamNEGU and help raise awareness and resources for children fighting cancer on May 5, 2013. This year we are honored to have been selected by the OC Marathon as one of their Charity Partners. We treasure this new partnership with the OC Marathon especially due to their commitment to help children with cancer now. Here is how you can join the team and help raise funds so we can continue to encourage, resources and support kids and families fighting cancer.

Step #1: Register for the Wahoo’s 5K walk/run, OC Marathon, or Half-Marathon, and select Jessie promote pediatric cancer logoRees Foundation/TeamNEGU as your Running Club AND Charity Program.  CLICK HERE to register.

Step #2:  Go to www.crowdrise.com/negurun and start your fundraiser for the Jessie Rees Foundation. Once you are on our CrowdRise TeamNEGU page, scroll down to The Team, click on “JOIN THE TEAM” (it is in orange print on the right) and create your fundraiser.  Share your fundraising page with your family and friends and ask them to support you in your efforts. Everyone that raises over $100.00 receives an official TeamNEGU t-shirt the morning of the race.  It’s easy and fun!

Thanks! See you at the race!

Supporting Kids With Cancer- Kids Helping Kids

We are always so amazed by the amount of compassionate love and support kids show for their peers when in need.  Whether it be hosting a lemonade stand, a bake sale or a fundraising party, countless kids are in our communities supporting one another and supporting their cause.

pic-jessie-squareJessica (Jessie) Rees was a perfect example of one girl, with a simple idea and a huge heart who started a global movement.  During her 10-month fight with DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma), a time when most people would be looking inward, 12 year old Jessie chose to focus her time and energy helping other kids- courageous kids, who felt lonely and limited due to their own fight with cancer.  She was only three weeks into her own treatment when she asked her parents, “How can we help them”, referring to the children who were in-patient at Children’s Hospital Orange County.  That same night, she began to create the beginnings of her JoyJars.  JoyJars, named after her middle name Joy are plastic jars filled with toys, games and activities, along with a special note—her motto and inspirational message—NEGU, Never Ever Give Up.

To-date, an estimated 50,000 JoyJars have been sent to kids fighting cancer all over the world. Jessie, in 10 short months, had made a major impact on childhood cancer awareness and will 405769_453935681339192_488891026_ncontinue to do so for years to come.  She has rallied a community of compassionate kids and adults to help bring more awareness, more resources and more funding to fight childhood cancers. Since Jessie’s passing in early 2012, countless kids have stepped up to continue spreading Jessie’s message of love and encouragement for kids fighting cancer. They are hosting parties, holding school fundraisers and spreading Jessie’s message to NEGU-Never Ever Give Up. Here are some amazing ideas for fundraisers that kids have come up with to support their peers fighting cancer and to support Jessie’s mission.

Holiday Events!

The holidays are the perfect time to hold a fundraiser or an awareness event. This sweet girl chosen Valentine’s Day to spread Jessie’s NEGU message with her “NEGU” tines. Her handwritten Valentine’s Day cards were sent with love and inspiration to all of her friends. What a fun and important message to send on the day of love.


This idea was so fun—a Halloween Dress Up fundraiser! These tiny tots were so thoughtful as they incorporated Jessie’s NEGU message into their festive fall celebration and raised money to support their peers fighting cancer.


School Fundraisers!

379359_445557155510378_532211303_nLove this- schools joining together to fund raise for a cause! A small idea can make a big impact. This elementary school raised money as a group to support Jessie’s JoyJars—and what a great incentive, a Jar with small little hearts to note their progress. Looks like they filled the Jar!



Sporting Events!

This picture tells it all, compassionate kids, supporting one another. What a wonderful way to bring awareness to childhood cancer while supporting their peers who have been affected.




Birthday Parties!

We all know birthday parties are a big deal to kids. So when we see a child ask for donations for a charity in lieu of gifts, we are always so amazed. These kids have huge hearts. These kids displayed a wonderful act of kindness and support for their peers as they raised money for Jessie’s JoyJars at their own birthday celebration.

Joy Drives!

Joy Drives are so fun, so easy and a great way to support courageous kids fighting cancer. This young man rallied a group of friends, sent them a list of hospital approved toys and held a successful Joy Drive that will help send JoyJars to countless kids.

A BIG thank you to all of our compassionate kids out there doing amazing things in your communities to support Jessie’s wish. Do you have a fun idea for a fundraiser or awareness campaign? We want to hear it. We also have a list of ways you can help!

Thank you for visiting us. The Jessie Rees Foundation is a pediatric cancer foundation inspired by NEGU_globe12 year old Jessie Rees. Jessie was a beautiful, athletic, smart and compassionate girl who fought two brain tumors (DIPG) for ten months and two days. On January 5, 2012 Jessie earned her angel wings. During her courageous fight, Jessie focused on spreading hope, joy and love to other kids fighting. She knew having cancer made you feel lonely and limited so she chose to spread love stuffed in her JoyJars®. JoyJars® have now become a recognized symbol of hope, joy and love in over 200 Children’s Hospitals, 175 Ronald McDonald Houses and 11 countries. Jessie also shared her motto to NEGU (Never Ever Give Up) through her Facebook Fan Page that has over 200,00 fans.  This message of hope, strength and perseverance has made its way around the world inspiring both young and old to stay strong and reach for their goals. Jessie’s motto to Never Ever Give Up will always be our message to kids and families across the globe.

To join Jessie in supporting courageous kids fighting cancer, donate for JoyJars.




By |February 19th, 2013|Categories: General, Local||Comments Off

Jessie Rees Foundation- 2nd Annual NEGU GALA-Benefiting Children With Cancer

on April 27, 2013, The Jessie Rees Foundation, a Global Pediatric Cancer Foundation, will host it’s A Night to Shine For Courageous Kids second annual NEGU Gala in Newport Beach California to benefit children fighting pediatric cancer. This year’s theme–A night to Shine for courageous kids fighting cancer!

NEGU, which stands for Never Ever Give Up, was the motto and message of Jessie Rees who was a caring 12 year old girl who courageously fought two inoperable brain tumors for ten months.  Jessie lost her fight on January 5, 2012 but left behind a global movement of over 200,000 supporters and a simple wish—”please encourage every kid fighting cancer to Never Ever Give Up.”  Jessie’s Wish is also the mission of her foundation, which provided encouragement, resources and support to over 40,000 courageous kids in 2012.

This special evening of dining, drinks, dancing, special entertainment and awards, is all about raising awareness and support to continue Jessie’s Wish.  There are over 250,000 children fighting cancer today.  Everyday 46 more kids are told they have cancer.  Every one of these courageous kids and their families need encouragement, hope, joy and love!

The first annual NEGU Gala was a smashing success with over $100,000 raised to continue Jessie’s mission of spreading love, hope and joy to children all over the world fighting cancer. The money raised from this event enabled the Jessie Rees Foundation to send close to 5,000 JoyJars to kids fighting cancer in hospitals, homes and Ronald McDonald Houses. JoyJars, founded by Jessie Rees and coined after her middle name Joy, are jars filled with hospitals approved toys, games and a special note from Jessie- NEGU- Never Ever Give Up.

The 2nd Annual NEGU Gala will be held at the Fashion Island Marriott in Newport Beach on April 27th, 2013.  For complete information about this event including ticket prices, sponsorship opportunities, hotel bookings, event schedule etc, please visit our NEGU Gala Events Page.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!!

Some things you may want to do while visiting our site– Meet Jessie!

Donate to Jessie’s JoyJars!

Request a JoyJar for a Courageous Kid Fighting Cancer!









By |February 16th, 2013|Categories: General, Local||Comments Off

Go Rental Helps Spread Holiday Joy

go rental[IRVINE] Go Rentals, an Orange County-based elite car rental services company, has teamed up with the Jessie Rees Foundation for Pediatric Cancer, the company announced earlier this month.

This holiday season, Go Rentals will be donating JoyJars on behalf of its top guests, hotel and resort partners, and team members. These gifts reach children in hospitals and homes who are fighting life-altering medical illnesses.

The Jessie Rees Foundation is an organization inspired by 12-year-old Jessie Rees and was created to fulfill Jessie’s wish that every child fighting cancer would be personally encouraged to Never Ever Give Up (NEGU). JoyJars, created by Jessie during her 10-month fight with cancer, are used to spread hope, joy and love to these children. JoyJars have reached children in over 192 children’s hospitals and over 175 Ronald McDonald Houses in the US and throughout the world.

“We are honored to support such an important and empowering cause; one that affects so many children,” says company President, Kavous Gitibin. “We wanted to create this campaign to help generate awareness of Pediatric Cancer and to make it easy for people to contribute if they wanted to. And we’re always pleased to support another Orange County-based organization.”

The Jessie Rees Foundation is estimating to send out more than 50,000 JoyJars this year including 20,000 Holiday versions for kids spending the holiday season in the hospital. More information is available at www.NEGU.org.


By |December 24th, 2012|Categories: General, Local||Comments Off