JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Christmas came a little early for some kids at Jacksonville’s Ronald McDonald house today. Four Jacksonville Jaguars spread some joy during a surprise visit. The kids are fighting cancer and other illnesses. They are being encouraged by the players to never, ever give up.
Jags quarterback Jordan Palmer says, “We’re just trying to spread some joy.” Palmer, along with his teammates Antonio Denard, Brett Brackett and Jordan Todman distributed Holiday JoyJars to the kids. It was in conjunction with the Jessie Rees Foundation.
Palmer says he’s happy to be here to help a little girl’s legacy live on.
“It’s an amazing story of a little girl named Jesse who was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor and her middle name was Joy and she created JoyJars and she’s passing them on.”
Each holiday JoyJar carries 15-20 new, age appropriate, toys within its brightly covered sealed jar for courageous kids with cancer. Jessie started distributing JoyJars herself in 2011 during her fight against inoperable brain cancer. She passed away in January of this year and the foundation she started now serves 196 children’s hospitals, and every Ronald McDonald House in America. Holiday JoyJars were created in partnership with partners UPS and Anthem Blue Cross of California to make sure every child is supported this season.
Jessie Rees always signed off her blog posts with NEGU - never ever give up! An organization now lives on in her honor.
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[PITTSBURGH]Â 2x Superbowl Champ & 4x Olympic Medalist Spread Joy at Pittsburgh Children’s Hosptial
We would like to thank 4xÂ Olympic medalist swimmer, Kaitlin Sandeno, and former defensive end of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Aaron Smith, for stopping by Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital today to hand out Â JoyJars to those amazing kids! Â We are so blessed to have you both on Pro TeamNEGU!!! Â Thanks for letting the kids wear your Olympic Medals and Super Bowl rings. Â You made a massive impact in the lives of many children and their parents as you personally encouraged them to Never Ever Give Up!!!
BALTIMORE – [ABC2News] Several Olympic swimmers were on hand at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center Friday. The athletes were working with the Jessie Rees Foundation, delivering Joy Jars to patients at the hospital. Rees was a girl with inoperable brain cancer. She and her family set up the foundation to help kids dealing with cancer and other terminal illnesses. Swimmer Kaitlin Sandeno says she feels lucky to be a part of the mission.
“Jessie’s mission was to inspire, and spread hope… When you go into the rooms, it’s priceless,” Sandeo said.
As for the kids, they were all happy to receive their Joy Jars — filled with toys and other comforting items. Though, some of them seem more excited to check out the olympians’ gold medals.
DUKE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL: TeamNEGU All-Star member, Charlie Houchin shared NEGU and handed our JoyJars at Duke Children’s Hospital Monday. Houchin won a gold medal in London and loves to give back to his community. As a member of Pro TeamNEGU Charlie supports the Jessie Rees Foundation by encouraging kids to Never Ever Give Up and delivering Joy Jars to patients at the hospital.
Rees was a girl 12 year old girl with two inoperable brain tumors. She and her family set up the foundation to encourage kids dealing with cancer and other terminal illnesses to Never Ever Give Up!
As for the kids, they were all happy to receive their Joy Jars filled with toys and other comforting items. Though, some of them seem more excited to check out the olympians gold medal.
PRESS RELEASE:: 15,000th JoyJar â„¢ to be Given Out atÂ Seattle Childrenâ€™s Hospital MondayÂ Foundation announces milestone in its care for courageous kids with cancer.
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA — This afternoon, Erik Rees, CEO of the Jessie ReesÂ Foundation announced that the Foundation will officially distribute its 15,000th JoyJarâ„¢Â nationally at the Seattle Childrenâ€™s Hospital in Seattle, Washington.Â â€œSeattle Childrenâ€™s provides courageous kids with cancer with groundbreaking care andÂ healing â€“ they embody Jessieâ€™s motto, â€˜Never Ever Give Upâ€™, and we are honored thatÂ the 15,000th JoyJarâ„¢ will be delivered at the hospital,â€ said Erik Rees, Jessieâ€™s Daddy.
Each JoyJarâ„¢ carries 15-20 new, age appropriate, toys within its brightly covered sealedÂ jar for courageous kids with cancer. Jessie started distributing JoyJarsâ„¢ herself in 2011Â during her fight against inoperable brain cancer. She passed away in January of this yearÂ and the foundation she started now serves approximately 160 childrenâ€™s hospitals andÂ every Ronald McDonald House in America.
â€œJessie cared for kids that faced the same struggles she faced by bringing joy to theirÂ lives and encouraging them to Never Ever Give Up,â€ said Erik. â€œWe are blessed to haveÂ partners like Darren Rude and youtheory, which will distribute the 15,000th JoyJarâ„¢.â€
WHAT Distribution of the 15,000th JoyJarâ„¢ by Jessie Rees FoundationÂ partner, Darren Rude, CEO of youtheory, Inc to Seattle Childrenâ€™sÂ Hospital.
WHERE Seattle Childrenâ€™s Hospital 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle,Â WA 98115. Park in Girafee Garage and Check in at Greeter Desk.
WHO Aileen Kelly, Seattle Childrenâ€™s Hospital Foundation &Â Darren Rude, CEO, youtheory in partnership with Jessie ReesÂ Foundation
OMAHA – It started in March 2011 when 12-year-old Jessie Rees was diagnosed with cancer. Now it is a nationwide movement to make sure kids with cancer never ever give up.
They are called JoyJars and are packed with small presents, tailored to age and gender. Former Olympian Kaitlin Sandeno helped hand JoyJars to young patients at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha on Thursday.
It is part of Jessie Rees’ legacy.
Kaitlin Sandeno says, “Her goal was every single child fighting cancer gets a JoyJar, so roughly 250,000 JoyJars is the goal and about a month ago we finished out our 10,000th JoyJar so we have some to go.” There are over 250,000 kids across the world fighting cancer.
Kaitlin also brought along her three Olympic medals she received in Athens during the 2004 games, bronze, silver and gold and no there is no chocolate inside the gold medal.