Jessica was born December 17, 1988 in Calvert County, Md. She grew up here, and enjoyed time with friends, family, and pets. She had a passion for horses, and liked to spend hours on the farm with her horse, Snips. She graduated from Patuxent High School in 2006. She then worked for a company in St. Mary's County, Md. scanning documents for the government. She was well liked and had a close circle of friends.
On April 28, 2008, she was taken to the ER for complaints of shortness of breath. She was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), and was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital for immediate treatment. She spent 10 months fighting, and enduring very harsh chemo, but spent every day with a smile on her face. She never complained. In December 2008, she went back to Hopkins for a fever, and was diagnosed with a fungal infection. After almost 2 months in the ICU, the infection had won, and Jessica was removed from the life support she had been on. She earned her angel wings on February 7, 2009. She was 20 years old, and a hero to everyone whose life she touched.