Saturday, September 27, 2014

"Never Give Up" by Erik Rees and Jenna Glatzer

Jessica Joy Rees was only eleven when the doctors found an inoperable brain tumor (DIPG). Did she give up and let it take her without a fight? No, Jessica started to help other children with cancer. This is the story of her "JoyJars."

What would you do if you found out you had a brain tumor that was going to take your life? What if you were only eleven and hadn't begun to live? Jessica decided she needed to help others, and she concentrated on children with cancer. Thus began her family's journey in the "Joy Factory." They turned their garage into a place where they could put together "JoyJars" for the children. Gathering toys, games, and whatever else they could, they made the jars and Jessica personally delivered them! But, since that start, "JoyJars" have gone all over the world to over 200 children's hospitals and 175 Ronald McDonald Houses. The JOY of helping others blossomed because one little girl never gave up.

This story will inspire you and will enourage you to reach out to others and help. I felt badly for the entire family, but found myself encouraged and lifted up by their example. Each of us has the opportunity to help others. How much do we do? How many excuses do we make? Read this book and you will find the reason to get busy. I received my review copy from Handlebar Marketing in exchange for an honest review.

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