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Jessi's Journey

Jessi's Journey


by Elizabeth Fay

ROSHOLT (WAOW)--A Rosholt teenager battles cancer for a third time. Family, friends and strangers showed support for fourteen-year-old Jessica Stanislawski at the 4-H building in Rosholt.

Jessica made a quick appearance at her benefit, giving her approval of the pink decorations through her face mask, then heading home before most of the guests arrived.

Jessica is your typical teenager. "She likes horses. She likes pink. That's why everything is pink!" explains Jessica's Aunt, Jen Palbrach.

But she's fighting her third round of lymphoma cancer.

"She's been through way too much suffering that anybody should have to do. That's one of the hardest things to take, just seeing her getting poked by the doctors and her being in discomfort and she is just crying because she is used to it," says Palbrach.

Jessica suffers from a genetic condition called nijmegen breakage syndrome that destroyed her immune system, making her an easy target for cancer.

"This hasn't just been a one time thing for Jessica. It's something she's been dealing with since she was three," says her mother, Tammy Stanislawski.

The cancer takes a toll on not only on Jessica, but also her family's finances. That's where the community is glad to help. Kate Zdroik and Andrea Yenter spearheaded the benefit called, "Jessi's Journey." They expect to raise $15,000 and $20,000 for the family.

"We knew the community would kick in and support them so they didn't lose their house in the meantime, trying to be at Jessi's side." says Zdroik.

The last decade had it's ups and down for the Stanislawski family, but this was a day to remember.

"A big highlight! It's a good day. We are all home right now and we are together." says Stanislawski.

And it's all to support the Stanislawski's as Jessi's journey continues.

The next big step in Jessica's journey is a bone marrow transplant. That's expected to take place in a few months in Maryland.

Online Reporter: Elizabeth Fay

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