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In a society riddled with self-centered behavior comes a story of 11-year-old, Jessie Rees, founder of Never Ever Give Up (NEGU), told by her father Erik Rees, pastor of Life Mission at Saddleback church, who despite her grim cancer diagnosis, focused outward - realizing the purpose of her life wasn't just about herself but one of hope, joy, and selflessness.
It started with a simple question: How can we help them? It became an international movement called NEGU: Never Ever Give Up. When Jessica Joy Rees was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor at age 11, she chose to focus not on herself but on bringing joy and hope to other children suffering from cancer.
During her battle with cancer, she and her family worked in the "Joy Factory" (originally their garage) making JoyJars - packages filled with toys, games, and love for other kids with cancer. Jessie first handed them out personally at the hospital where she was being treated, but the effort blossomed quickly and there were soon thousands of JoyJars being distributed across the United States and to over fifteen countries. Today, more than 100,000 kids have received JoyJars, and they continue shipping each week to kids in over 200 children's hospitals and 175 Ronald McDonald Houses.
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