TeamNEGU Blog

When you gather together good people for a good cause, it’s an uplifting experience for all! The folks at CISCO, (San Diego, Irvine and Glendale locations) and 6 of CISCO’s corporate partners, raised funds to host a Mobile JoyFactory event benefitting kids fighting cancer and their families via the Jessie Rees Foundation (JRF).

Through the work of “Connected Women at CISCO” at the 3 locations, the group raised over $25,000, including a match donation from CISCO HQ.  There were 125 employees and Cisco corporate partners who participated on the day of the Mobile JoyFactory event, and 700 fun-filled JoyJars were stuffed with toys, games and activities for Courageous Kids fighting cancer! In addition, inspirational and uplifting notes were written, called “Care Cards” to encourage kids to “NEGU” or Never Ever Give Up in their cancer battle.

What is a Mobile JoyFactory event? The Mobile JoyFactory is a national and global corporate engagement opportunity for compassionate companies and their employees. A company can host a Mobile JoyFactory event for their employees to make JoyJars® for Courageous Kids in the community and beyond. The CISCO teams event took place at their Irvine location.

Karla Rivera, CISCO World Wide Sales Business Development Leader thanked the CISCO employees saying, “On behalf of Cisco SoCal Connected Women, an emphatic thank you for your donations and participation in the 2nd annual Cisco CW JoyJars SoCal Holiday Give Back Event bringing joy and hope to children battling cancer. Our shared values of generosity, compassion, and kindness to our community continue to bind our strong relationships with customers, partners, our community, and each other.”

The Jessie Rees Foundation was inspired by Jessie Joy Rees, a courageous and compassionate little girl better known as “Jessie”. Jessie was a faith-filled, beautiful, athletic, caring and loving twelve year-old who courageously fought two brain tumors (DIPG) from March 3, 2011 to January 5, 2012.

Help spread joy to kids fighting cancer.  Spread Jessie’s message to encourage every kid fighting cancer to Never Ever Give Up. Find out more about hosting a Mobile JoyFactory event at your company. Visit:

CISCO teams with Holiday Spirit, stuffing JoyJars® in support of Courageous Kids. 
The Jessie Rees Foundation brought the Mobile JoyFactory to CISCO in Irvine, with Cisco team members and corporate partners participating.
Care Cards of encouragement for kids fighting cancer.