I HAVE SOME EXCITING NEWS!! I am honored to let everyone know that I have been invited to The Toastmaster’s Open house! I would like everyone to come out and support me and United Cerebral Palsy. I will be giving a 6 minute speech called an Icebreaker. I will speak about my life and many other subjects that I’m choosing to keep close to the vest, so you’ll have to come out to hear it. My teacher from High School Mr. Rick Lakin is the President of and is hosting this Toastmaster’s Event. After I speak I will turn it over to Author and Verbivore Richard Lederer. Mr. Lederer has written many books, has a column in the Union Tribune on Saturday’s called “Lederer on Language”. Mr. Lederer is also very well known on the Public Speaking and Radio circuit. In 2002 he won the Toastmaster’s Golden Gavel. After he speaks I would encourage you to go buy his book because Mr. Lederer is nice enough to donate the profits of his book sales to United Cerebral Palsy! A fun fact about Mr. Lederer is he’s the father of very famous poker player Annie Duke. So please join me on May, 11th from 6-8 at Sunnyside Library in Bonita. The dress code is nice, Dinner is also included, Oh did I mention it’s FREE! So please come out and have some fun while learning about Toastmasters & Supporting United Cerebral Palsy. I hope to see a lot of you there! Thank you to our Sponsor Tweet Me World. More Details Below!
I also had the pleasure of Tossing the coin at the Enforcers Game. We played the Charlotte Cobra’s. At halftime I had the honor of giving an in prompt to speech! I think it went over well considering everyone was applauding. We played a good game but the Cobras came out victorious. Even though we lost, I know this has made us stronger and we will come out with a Win the next the we play because the guys are out for blood!
I’ve been working with Little Angels to find the perfect service dog for me. This process is long and hard but also fun and rewarding! I know Ms. Katie and the whole little angels team will help find the perfect dog for me! Right now I’m lucky enough to work with the directors own personal dog Guen.
I would be crazy if I didn’t sent out my love and prayers to the people in Boston, I am thankful that everyone I know personally from Team In Training are safe and not hurt and they are back in San Diego! Also my love and prayers go out to the people in West, TX. Stay Strong Everyone!
I hope to see you all on May 11th for my Toastmasters Speech! Don’t forget to buy Mr. Lederer’s book so we can raise money for Cerebral Palsy!
All My Love,
May 11, 2013 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
4375 Bonita Road
Jessica Smith will present a 6 minute introductory speech known to Toastmasters as an Icebreaker. Jessica will join Author and Verbivore Richard Lederer and the members of Sweetwater Valley Toastmasters as
Sweetwater Valley Toastmasters Open House
Benefitting United Cerebral Palsy
Featuring 2002 Toastmasters Golden Gavel Winner
Author and Verbivore Richard Lederer
There will be food and fun and the opportunity to learn about Toastmasters
2013 has already been quite a roller coaster!! I hope all of you are well!
Thank you to everyone who helped me reach the goal of 10 thousand dollars so I could get my Service Dog through Little Angels! Below is a picture of my future service dog. Everybody meet Nanuk! His name means Polar Bear! Right now we train once a month and we are getting along quite well!
I can’t believe the San Diego Enforcers football Season is starting back up already! They are playing for United Cerebral Palsy again and we are going for another Championship Season because 1 IS NOT ENOUGH!! The First game is Saturday March 2nd at San Diego High School at 5:00pm I will be on the sidelines cheering on my boys and I hope to see all of you there as well! My favorite angel Eve Selis will sing the National Anthem at the March 2nd Opener.
Tickets to Enforcers games are $5. Check out the website at http://www.sandiegoenforcers.com
Save the date!! THE EVE SELIS/JESSICA SMITH UCP/ CHILDREN’S RAINFOREST BENEFIT IS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH!! 1 set of music from Eve and the 2nd set will be a fun twist with Back To The Garden!!! You know my angel & I there will be PLENTY OF SURPRISES!
7th Annual United Cerebral Palsy/ Childrens Rainforest Benefit
Date: Saturday, November 10th
Place: St. Rose Of Lima Church Hall 293 H. St. Chula Vista
Time: Doors open at 6pm with a complete Mexican Buffet served by Taco Man when doors open
Tickets: $25.00 “ALL AGES”
Live & Silent Auction
Music by 7 Time San Diego Music Award Winning Eve Selis Band
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I thought I’d share this exciting news! My parents & I went to see my Cancer doctor to get the results of a special blood test done by The City Of Hope to see if the Leukemia Gene has returned or not. We are overjoyed to say there was no evidence of the gene and I am a year and ½ in REMISSION! I still have to take my 3 chemotherapy pills daily but I am truly blessed!
I also spoke at the Success Optimist Benefit on May 7th which benefits The Children’s Rainforest Project. It was a nice benefit with good food and wonderful company. I bid on and won a huge teddy bear for my buddy Trevor that his mom says he LOVES! The final count is still out with how much money they raised but I hope it’s a big number!
The San Diego Enforcers hosted Bakersfield on May 12th. My parents and I love the Enforcers! I was honored once again to be able to toss the coin! The Enforcers kicked some Bakersfield booty with a final score of 47-0! If they win the game this weekend in Pittsburgh, PA they will come back home to play for the Championship!! Remember this season the Enforcers are playing for United Cerebral Palsy! That same day I was also honored to stop by Henry’s birthday party & celebrate the big #5 with him!!!
I will have some news to share in the next few weeks. Right now I am keeping it close to the vest because I don’t want to jinx anything! I will say things are looking good. Who knows I might post something sooner so please check back often!!
When I met Trevor Wigginton & his parents Wendie & Corey we both had rooms in the Pediatrics Unit, at Kaiser Hospital I had another Illeus and they thought Trevor had the same thing. Trevor would come in with his parents and read me any book I gave him needing VERY little help. Trevor also had fun reading and saying the name tags of any Doctor or nurse who walked by, and he would have no problem getting them exactly right, long names or short it didn’t matter to him. You may be wondering why I am rambling on about this. Now might be a good time for me to mention Trevor was just 4 YEARS OLD!
Days went by and he would come in reading to me. We were both getting better. Trevor’s fever had gone, he was eating one of his favorite treats to eat, which was of all things Butter (no I don’t mean toast with butter just plain old BUTTER!) Go figure kids and their eating habit’s. At this point I was starting to think of Trevor as the little brother I never had. The day came where Trevor was going home which was awesome at this point, we’d both been there for at least a week. Trevor still didn’t like anyone touching his stomach, the doctor said to his parents “hey would you mind staying a few more hours I’d like to take him down for a quick Cat Scan just to make sure everythings fine” his parents of course said ok.
The tests results came back and a parents worst fears had come true. Trevor had stage 4 Neuroblastoma (one of the worst Childhood Cancers around) Trevor and his parents were in a fight for his life!
They quickly began Chemotherapy at Kaiser for several months, which seemed to be working. Then after his parents and doctors talked things over it was decided he should go to the local Children’s Hospital where they did every test and procedure I think there was. The local Children’s Hospital suggested his best chance of survival was to go to Children’s Hospital LA where he would be placed in quarantine no visitors at all even his parents had to be sterile. They took Trevor’s old Red Blood Cells out, cleaned them, and put the clean cells back in, at this point they were also getting Trevor ready for his bone marrow transplant. This lasted a few months and Trevor was close to being called to heaven many times due to the chemotherapy and how frail his body was but he was too much of a fighter! (which we all knew) After Trevor was finally out of “lockdown” the people at Children’s LA showered Trevor with toys several times a day, it was amazing!
Trips back and forth to many different hospitals and long stays in them went on for months. When Trevor’s blood counts were good we would go to Coco’s for his favorite breakfa