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Jessie's Day

Thank you to everyone who came out on September 25th and made the 14th Annual Jessie’s Day a huge success! We are still accepting donations for the event. To make a donation, click here.

This event honors the late Jessica Beth Schwartz, who received a heart transplant when she was just 14 years old. This life-saving operation gave her eight and a half additional years of life, and she lived them to the fullest.

Jessica went on to graduate from Harcum Jr. College and then continued studies at Temple University before she passed away at age 23. To honor her memory, over the last 14 years, college-bound pediatric transplant recipients are granted the Gift of Scholarship to help them achieve their dreams of attaining higher education.

Learn more about the Jessica Beth Schwartz Memorial Scholarship here.

Here are the 2016 Scholarship Winners:

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Jessie’s Day wouldn’t be possible without the amazing event sponsors. Thank you all for your generous support.

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In The News

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“The nurses helped ease my pain and took my mind off of things. The scholarship is such an honor to be able to do what I want and to pursue my dream of nursing. Not a lot of freshmen are excited about coming to school but I am really excited about it and to get into nursing. Once I went through everything, I knew that’s what I wanted to do,” Leanne Purcell.

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Jessie's Day 2015

Janice Schwartz, co-founder of Jessie's Day recently did an interview with Comcast Newsmakers. She talks about Jessie, Jessie's Day, and the importance of organ donation and the Gift of Life Donor Program.

The Jessie’s Day Dream Team believes that health is the greatest gift and education is the greatest wealth. Memorializing the life and legacy of Jessica Beth Schwartz, the annual event raises generous donations to provide pediatric transplant recipients with college scholarships. Our goal is to help transplant recipient students thrive and pursue their dreams of higher education.

You can make a donation to Jessies's Day HERE.

Tickets will be available for purchase in August 2016.

Jessie's Day PSA

Meet three extraordinary young woman. They all have something in common. They're all organ transplant recipients and Jessica Beth Schwartz college scholarship winners. Here are their stories.

About Jessie and the Scholarship:

In the past 14 years, the Jessica Beth Schwartz Scholarship Fund has given more than $120,000 in college scholarship money to 44 college-bound transplant recipients. This year's event will help even more students who have had organ transplants fulfill their dreams of attending college.

Jessica Beth Schwartz was a heart transplant recipient and Temple journalism student. Her dedication to earning her degree was cut short when at the age of 23, she passed away. In her memory, the Jessica Beth Schwartz Memorial Scholarship Fund was started to award young transplant recipients the opportunity to pursue their dreams of a higher education. All proceeds from Jessie's Day Give the Gift of Scholarship Event support this scholarship.

Faces of Organ Donation: Jessica Beth Schwartz

Jessica Beth Schwartz was able to experience 8 1/2 additional years of life because of the gift of donation. Her mother Janice Schwartz Donahue continues to keep Jessica's legacy alive by giving other transplant children an opportunity to pursue higher education.

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National Minority Donor Awareness Week

Minorities make up 58% of the National Transplant Waiting List. Learn more about how you can save a life.

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Lukeman Harvey, currently on the waiting list for a life-saving kidney transplant.


Joe's Story

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Joe thought his days of playing soccer were over when he was diagnosed with heart disease and needed a life-saving heart transplant to survive. Now, at 18, he is back on the field and living up to his nickname "The Blur" all thanks to his hero, an organ donor.

Click here to read Joe's story.


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