OUR FOREVER INSPIRATION

The Jessie Rees Foundation was, and always will be, inspired by one courageous and compassionate 12 year old little girl.  Her name, Jessica Joy Rees, better known as “Jessie”.   Jessie was a faith-filled, beautiful, athletic, caring and loving girl who courageously fought cancer (DIPG) from March 3, 2011 to January 5, 2012.  She loved her family very much and her puppy Mr. Moe. She created JoyJars® and was the first one to coin the term “NEGU®”, which was her motto and message to everyone.   Jessie had one “wish”, which is the mission of her foundation. 

OUR FOREVER INSPIRATION

The Jessie Rees Foundation was, and always will be, inspired by one courageous and compassionate 12 year old little girl.  Her name, Jessica Joy Rees, better known as “Jessie”.   Jessie was a faith-filled, beautiful, athletic, caring and loving girl who courageously fought cancer (DIPG) from March 3, 2011 to January 5, 2012.  She loved her family very much and her puppy Mr. Moe. She created JoyJars® and was the first one to coin the term “NEGU®”, which was her motto and message to everyone.   Jessie had one “wish”, which is the mission of her foundation. 

JESSIE’S JOYJARS®

Jessie’s compassion for others led her to ask her parents a short and simple question, “How can we help them?” Jessie was referring to the other children who were in long term, in-patient treatment at Children’s Hospital of Orange County, the same hospital that Jessie was receiving treatment from.  After receiving the “go ahead” from the hospital and her parents she created her JoyJars®…64 oz plastic jars stuffed to the very top with new, age appropriate, toys and games.   Jessie stuffed over 3,000 with family and friends before she lost her fight. By the end of 2019, over 300,000 of Jessie’s JoyJars will have been stuffed and sent to kids fighting cancer in all 50 states and over 40 countries.

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JESSIE’S MOTTO

Jessie not only loved spreading JOY to the other kids fighting cancer, she loved to use her little motto NEGU® to encourage them to Never Ever Give Up! Today, NEGU is a motto that inspires thousands of people every day to be courageous, to be brave and to persevere no matter the odds.

FOREVER A FAMILY OF FIVE

Jessie loved spending time with her parents (Erik & Stacey) and siblings (Shaya and JT) growing up.

Her family misses her every day and has committed all they can to ensuring her wish…

“Please help every kid fighting cancer is encouraged to Never Ever Give Up”

…is fulfilled!

JESSIE’S BOOK

After Jessie lost her courageous fight to cancer, her father Erik was asked to write a book about her journey and her JoyJars.  The book has inspired over 30,000 readers and will inspire you too. Get your copy today!

On January 12, 2012, Jessie’s father facilitated her Celebration of Life Service at Saddleback Church where over 5,000 people attended to honor her life, her love and her laugh!

CNN YOUNG WONDER

On December 20, 2012, CNN showcased Jessie’s courageous story at their annual Hero Awards show in Los Angeles.  During the show, Jessie was recognized for her compassion and awarded the prestigious Young Wonder Award.

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