On Thursday, July 11, 2013, at the age of 23, Jessie was diagnosed with a malignant tumor known as epithelioid hemangioendothelioma, also referred to as EHE. It is a vascular tumor so rare that only one in a million people are diagnosed with this type of tumor.
With a positive attitude and determined heart, Jessie has bravely been battling her cancer for the past 2 1/2 years. She has undergone numerous rounds of chemotherapy, radiation treatments, and participated in a clinical drug trial in Santa Monica. She traveled to MD Anderson in Houston, TX to meet with an EHE doctor and gain more information about her rare disease. Throughout her diagnosis and treatments, Jess has displayed nothing but acceptance, faith, and courage. She faced each treatment head-on, with a willingness to beat the odds.
In November 2014, Jessie's boyfriend of 5 years, proposed to her, and on September 25, 2015, her dream came true when she married the love of her life, Tom, and through their marriage, Jess became a step-mom to 8 year old Connor. Even though she had been hospitalized for pneumonia the week before her wedding, and spent four days in the hospital, there was nothing that could keep her from walking down the aisle with her best friend! But since that happy day, Jess has been very ill. She’s spent four months being treated for the ongoing pneumonia, and has never stopped fighting the challenging battle against her cancer and other illnesses.
As strong and inspiring as Jess is, she and her new family need our help. We hope to raise money towards her ongoing medical related expenses. This is your opportunity to give back in a very meaningful way. Many of you have asked how you can help and this is it! By helping she and Tom monetarily, you are allowing both of them to focus on their family, on Jessie's health, her strength and her wellbeing at this time.
Please share this GoFundMe page with all of your friends and contacts through social media. Let’s spread the word so that we might help Jessie at this difficult time in her fight, and try to ease the burdens for her road ahead. All proceeds will directly benefit Jess.
Currently, Jessie is courageously fighting her cancer and illness with her family by her side. Let’s rally around this amazing new wife, step-mom, daughter, sister, treasured friend, granddaughter and truly genuine person to show our love and care for her.
Thank you for your consideration, for anything you can give and for your love, support and prayers for Jessie.
We are designating Mary Boland, Jessie's Grandmother, as beneficiary of the account.
Jessica Henderson (Walters)
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