In 2010 when twelve years old Jesi was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. It was the beginning of summer vacation and she was ready to have a blast. A three week trip to Australia to visit her Australian family there, lots of laughter and fun hanging out with her twin sister Kari, she was planning to do all the things that an active preteen wants when that last bell goes and the doors burst open and let forth a flood of kids. Schools out and ready to play in the sun.
But very fast she started feeling lousy. Tired, fevers, headaches, all she wanted to do was sleep. She had kicked her toe on a brick while playing at a friends house the very first day of vacation. One, two courses of antibiotics and it seemed to heal, but then the other symptoms set in. After a number of doctor visits and blood tests the call came that she be taken into Childrens Hospital to the ER so she could be seen by a specialist.
That was Saturday July 9, a steamy sweaty afternoon when the sun bore down on flooded roadways between home and the hospital as a sudden downpour punctuated the blazingly bright day.