One Child’s Mission to Bring Joy to Hospitalized Children: Spotlight on NEGU Jessie Rees Foundation

“How can we help them?” Jessie Rees asked this simple question to her parents as they drove home from her cancer treatment appointment. She was dealing with her own diagnosis of a brain tumor (DIPG) but still wanted to help other children. She ignited hope and shared it. The motto, NEVER EVER GIVE UP (NEGU) was coined by her. 

The Jessie Rees Foundation was quickly formed with a mission to encourage kids fighting cancer. Jessie began to create JoyJars, a container filled with activities, games, and comfort items for children. They have been shipped to all 50 states and over 40 countries. 

Jessie courageously fought cancer from March 3, 2011, to January 5, 2012. She lost her battle, but her life is forever honored through her mission of NEGU. 

I have personally seen the positive impact on children when they receive a JoyJar. The smile on their face and excitement in their voice says it all. They feel the pure joy of being a kid and are inspired by Jessie’s mission.

Get involved with ClubNEGU

If you have a child with cancer, then sign them up for ClubNEGU. They will receive monthly JoyJars that will help to boost their spirit during treatment.

Make an Impact

Join Jessie’s mission to Never Ever Give Up by making a donation today or volunteering. They are always looking for compassio0nate hearts to help spread joy to others. Be sure to follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Free Virtual Session: Supporting Parents of Young Children Through Trauma, Loss and Transitions

Parenting young children is challenging enough, especially with a year filled with so much uncertainty. The pandemic, natural disasters, and the country’s political division have magnified stress and anxiety for families.
Join us for a free parent support session on May 4th, 2021 from 7-8:30 pm PST

 

Resources and Tips on:
  • Easing children’s fear and anxiety
  • Fostering healthy relationships at home
  • Therapeutic play and coping strategies
  • Self-care techniques 

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Sandwiched Series: Helping School-Age Children Cope

“Sandwiched” is a series that addresses the specific challenges “Sandwich Generation” caregivers face. Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center has teamed up with Certified Child Life Specialist, Shani Thornton, MS to facilitate these FREE workshops.

Learn how to:

  • Engage in self-care

  • Foster healthy attachments at home

  • Ease children’s fear and anxiety related to COVID-19

  • Help children understand the disease progression of a sick or disabled loved one

  • Find support and develop coping strategies in a new world of social distancing

This week is Session 3: Helping School-Age Children Cope, 12/3/20, 5pmPST.

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Sandwiched Series Sessions

Session 3: Helping Kids Cope: School-Aged Children, 12/3/20

Session 4: Helping Kids Cope: Adolescents, 12/10/20

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