jessica-lewisA young nurse is giving hope to child cancer patients in the very place that saved her life. 22-year-old Jessica Lewis beat cancer three times as a child, each time at Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida.
Lewis says her personal experience and her fight against childhood cancer inspired her to become a nurse and return to the place where it all began.
Jessica was diagnosed with Wilms Tumour, a form of kidney cancer, at the young age of 6, and was treated at Wolfson Children’s Hospital – she did not just beat the cancer once, but three times!
Recognised year after year as one of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, the 216-bed Wolfson Children’s Hospital is a non-profit organisation. The Hospital relies on charitable donations to provide world-class care for all children in the region.

Wolfson Children’s Hospital opened in 1955,  with the aid of an initial $500,000 donation from the Wolfson Family Foundation, as a place for all children to be admitted and treated without regard to creed, religion, race or financial position – a mission that remains today.
After years of surgeries and treatments, Jessica’s time at Wolfson Children’s Hospital eventually came to an end when she went into remission.
When I was in remission completely, I told myself I didn’t want to go back into the hospital,” she said. “I didn’t want to work there, I didn’t want to think about it.
But now, she’s giving back to the hospital that saved her life.

Jessica recently became a registered nurse at Wolfson Children’s Hospital and she even works with some of the nurses and doctors who took care of her when she was a patient.
Being at Wolfson was probably the best thing that could have happened to me because it inspired me to eventually become a nurse.” she said.

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