Ever tasted a Courageous Cupcake? It makes you feel quite good inside, because these little delicacies help take a bite out of childhood cancer.
The Infor office in St. Paul, Minnesota, recently held a cupcake sale to raise money for the Jessie Rees Foundation and to support Jessie's wish: "Please help every kid fighting cancer never ever give up."
Cupcakes sold for $2 each, and a donation jar accepted contributions from non-cake-eaters.
"We had a goal of raising $300, and we made $600—enough to fill 30 JoyJars®," said Danielle Neumann, senior executive admin, who organized the event along with Elizabeth Homewood, vice president of Support Operations.
About the Jessie Rees Foundation
The Jessie Rees Foundation was begun by Jessica Joy Rees, a girl in California who 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. It started with a simple question: How can we help them? It became an international movement called NEGU: Never Ever Give Up, according to the website.
During the ten months Jessie battled 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 soon thousands of JoyJars® were being distributed across the United States and 15 other 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.