“I felt empowered!!” is what she wrote to me in a Facebook message. Just like that – with not one but two exclamation points. I got chills and wanted to stand up and cheer. I can think of few other words I’d rather to hear from a friend.
Jess & her daughter, Summer, in 2014
Jess is a beloved, determined 27 year old single mom, daughter, friend, girlfriend, fighter. She’s got a smile that lights up a room and a personality to match. She’s also Bill’s niece. In May of 2013, as Jess was finishing her final weeks of college and looking forward to starting her career as a dental hygienist, she found a lump in her breast. After a biopsy she was given the devastating news that she had Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma: “Breast Cancer.”