In 1997, Jessica became a patient at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to receive treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common form of childhood cancer. Although only 9 years old at the time, she refused to let the disease rule her life. After learning she would receive chemotherapy treatments every week for two and a half years, Jessica exclaimed "I'm too busy to do this every week!"

Today, she is a 20-year-old college student who is thankful that St. Jude was there for her and her family.