Jesse Eric Spina started Jesse’s Wish when he was just thirteen years old undergoing his second year of cancer treatment for Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer.
His desire to help his friends from the hospital became his priority.
Jesse began hosting blood and bone marrow drives in his local community to bring about awareness for donors to go on the national registry. Jesse wanted to be able to increase his friends’ chance of finding a perfect match. Two drives were held before Jesse relapsed and was unable to continue hosting drives.
His efforts became his legacy.
DID YOU KNOW?
-Every day 43 children are diagnosed with cancer.
-More than 40,000 kids are in treatment each year.
-In the last 20 years, only 4 cancer treatments have been specifically developed and approved for children.
-60% of children who survive suffer long-term side effects.
-One out of eight children with cancer will not survive.
Jesse’s family continued his legacy by forming Jesse’s Wish Foundation, a New Jersey 501c3 nonprofit.
Jesse’s Wish now helps bring joy, encouragement, and available financial support to children with cancer and their families; as well as supports large organizations assisting with care and pediatric research.
Jesse's mom, Marian, wrote The Sacred Ripple in hopes to comfort others with the comfort she has received from God. All of the book’s proceeds go directly into Jesse’s Wish Foundation
Where Your Dollars Go
-Gift cards for presents
-Admission tickets to parks and events
-Gift cards for wigs or clothing
-Paying a household bill for the family
-An insurance co-pay
-Specific treatment or medical expenses not covered by insurance
-Restaurant gift cards
-Transportation to/from treatment
-Childcare or activity cost for siblings
-Lodging near the hospital
And much more…