How do you celebrate and remember a person whose strong will, rare courage and true faith allowed her to not only come to terms with her diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer but help others do the same? Jessica Clem’s family and friends have answered that question in a big way over the last 12+ years with JessFest.
Originally known as BreastFest, this passionate group has raised more than $250,000 over the years to support the Bliss Cancer Center in honor of Jessica. They have supported wigs for patients experiencing hair loss due to treatments, massages on the Oncology Unit, special dolls to help teach children about physical changes they might see in a loved one undergoing treatment, and the annual Couple’s Retreat. This is an intimate weekend experience for couples with a metastatic cancer diagnosis.
This year, funds will purchase stylish personal robes for patients to use during radiation treatments for breast and lung cancer. Bright colors, leopard and zebra prints and more, women are able to choose their own style during a time when so much is out of their control.
JessFest carries on today because of the overwhelming love for Jessica and gratitude for the care she received at the William R. Bliss Cancer Center. They are continuing Jessica’s mission to provide support for patients and families battling cancer.
Facing death, Jessica Clem embraces life and helps everyone around her do the same.
Read her story.