OUR INSPIRATION

Our daily inspiration will always be twelve year old Jessie Rees. Her heart to help other kids fighting cancer back in 2011 as she was fighting terminal cancer is what started this tidewater of compassion and sustains us today.

OUR MISSION

Encourage every kid fighting cancer to Never Ever Give Up!

We fulfill our mission by CONNECTING with families, bringing AWARENESS to their stories, offering them a network of helpful RESOURCES and sending the entire family continual doses of ENCOURAGEMENT throughout their journey.

OUR VISION

The long term vision of the Jessie Rees Foundation is to become a national symbol of HELP and HOPE in the childhood cancer space, so every kid fighting cancer and their family have the support, encouragement and resources to fight!

OUR MISSION

Encourage every kid fighting cancer to Never Ever Give Up!

We fulfill our mission by CONNECTING with families, bringing AWARENESS to their stories, offering them a network of helpful RESOURCES and sending the entire family continual doses of ENCOURAGEMENT throughout their journey.

OUR VISION

The long term vision of the Jessie Rees Foundation is to become a global symbol of HELP and HOPE in the childhood cancer space so every kid fighting cancer receives one of Jessie’s JoyJars and is encouraged to NEGU during their courageous fight.

OUR HISTORY

Jessie is diagnosed with cancer on March 3rd and decides three weeks later to help other kids that are fighting cancer. CBS News follows Jessie’s story. The first JoyJars are stuffed and the term “NEGU” (knee-goo) is born.  The foundation is founded and the first NEGU Golf Classic is held. Both “JoyJars” and “NEGU” receive trademark protection.

Erik & Stacey Rees

Erik & Stacey Rees

Courageous parents of Jessie 

OUR LEADERSHIP

FOUNDERS Stacey and Erik Rees, Jessie’s parents, are so honored to partner with an incredible team of seasoned corporate executives and talented individuals who help advise, lead and manage the foundation. They truly believe in the principle of teamwork and their “better together” motto.  Stacey leads the programs with an amazing group of staff and volunteers.  Erik partners with the Board of Directors and Board of Advisors to help advance the mission. Together their sole purpose is to reach and resource every child fighting cancer in the world so they have the love, support and, encouragement to NEGU!

Allie Votava

Sr. Director, Corporate Relations and Development

Donna Tomlinson

Sr. Director, Events & Communications

Bobbi Scott

Corporate Engagement Manager

Kristy Chuhaloff

Office & Volunteer Manager

Grant Frum

Community Engagement Manager

Sheila Baker

JoyFactory Administrator

Jana Perry

Family Resource Coordinator

Shaya Rees

Regional Joy Coordinator

Diana Hughes

National Programs Coordinator

Christine Khoury

Communications Coordinator
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