BULLARD - East Texans are rallying behind a little girl fighting cancer
When we first told you about Jessi Brown in January 2016 she was in the hospital undergoing chemo.
Jessi's journey since then has been nothing short of a rollercoaster.
"At first, I didn't want to accept it,” her mom Deborah Brown said. “I was always very angry,” Deborah said.
In the months since, Brown said her outlook has changed.
"As time went on I realized there's a reason she has this illness,” Deborah said.
After months in the hospital, filled with chemo and drug trials, the treatment stopped. Jessi went home to Bullard.
"We were basically told 'there's nothing you guys can do,’” Deborah said.
But Jessi was not done.
"I said I want to live I don't want to die,” Jessi said. “I want to live forever."
Jessi's mom said they have seen tremendous progress since stopping chemo. Next, she will head to Maryland for a drug trial at the National Institute of Health.
“To see a child with such an illness be as strong as she is, and give me comfort and give me strength, I need people to be as strong as Jessi and be Jessi strong,” Deborah said.
She finds that strength in #teamJessistrong -- the 3,700 people following Jessi's journey on Facebook. They not only build Jessi and her family up, followers find their own inspiration through her.
"There's no failing in this. She's made people better,” Deborah said. “Better kids and better wives and better husbands because of her and that's pretty awesome.”
“I'm going to beat cancer,” Jessi said.
You can also show support for Jessi by eating at The Catch Monday, September 19.
The seafood restaurant will donate a percentage of all sales from its Tyler location to Jessi and her family. The fundraiser runs from 4 to 10 p.m.
You can also bid on a number of auction items including some of Jessi's artwork.
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