INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (October 16, 2015) – Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield distributed JoyJars to cancer patients at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital Friday in honor of a 12-year-old girl who lost her battle with cancer.
JoyJars are 64-ounce containers filled with toys and activities for boys and girls, age 18 and under. They’re intended to provide joy to courageous kids who can’t leave the hospital.
The inspiration comes from Jessie Rees, a 12-year-old girl who fought two inoperable brain tumors before her death in 2012.
To combat the loneliness and isolation that cancer patients experience, she created JoyJars and distributed more than 3,000 of them to kids who were also fighting cancer.
Jessie was named a CNN “Young Wonders” during their Heroes of the Year celebration in 2012, and was named “A Hero Among Us” by People Magazine in 2013.