About

Welcome to the Jessie Rees Foundation.

We are a childhood cancer “care” foundation inspired by 12 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 secluded so she chose to spread love through her JoyJars®. JoyJars® have now become a recognized symbol of hope, joy and love in 260 Children’s Hospitals and over 175 Ronald McDonald Houses.

During her fight, Jessie also shared her message to Never Ever Give Up with other kids and through her Facebook Fan Page. With over 280,000 fans, her 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 message to Never Ever Give Up will always be our message to kids and families across the globe impacted by childhood cancer.

Jessie’s Wish was to encourage every child fighting cancer to Never Ever Give Up!  Her wish is what fuels everything we do for children and families.

Because of Jessie’s carrying spirit and loving heart, the Jessie Rees Foundation also uses their wonderful Mini JoyJars to help other kids fighting disease like: Cystic Fibrosis & Congenital Heart Disease.

Jessie’s heart of care and compassion is the inspiration for everything we do and everyone we help.

Our Mission: Ensure every child fighting cancer has the resources and support to Never Ever Give Up.  

We fulfill our mission and spread Jessie’s love by specializing in these five areas…

  1. Encourage kids to Never Ever Give Up!
  2. Assist Families to Never Ever GIve Up!
  3. Rally communities to Never Ever GIve Up for their friends!
  4. Mobilize Celebrities & Athletes to Help kids Never Ever GIve Up!
  5. Inspire the World to help kids to Never Ever GIve Up!

We fully believe that people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. Jessie cared and so do we. Please contact Jessie’s daddy Erik if you have any questions. Erik’s email is erik@jessie.org.

Jessie Rees Foundation, is a recognized 501(c)3 public charity. Please note the Jessie Rees Foundation was formally known as The NEGU Foundation and officially changed names on February 2, 2012.

“Through my 25+ years of research with children with cancer and their families, I have observed how positive health concepts, such as spiritual perspective, hope and meaning, can contribute to the well-being of children with cancer.  The work of the Jessie Rees Foundation, which focuses on positive health concepts such as joy, love and hope by providing JoyJars and the message to Never Ever Give Up  seem excellent ways to foster resilience in children and their families.”

Joan E. Haase, RN, PhD, FAAN
Holmquist Professor of Pediatric Oncology Nursing
Indiana University School of Nursing