In the summer of 2011, Patrick Jessee was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. “Initially it was particularly frightening,” Patrick recalls, “As you hear those words, it stuns you when it is you. Treatment was difficult and it never seemed to end.” Although it was struggle, as Patrick progressed towards remission his journey battling cancer became easier. He states “however it is a new normal as you have to pay attention to injuries and illnesses,” admitting, “eventually you regain a new appreciation of life and experiences.” Today, Patrick is in remission. Besides volunteering his time by sharing his story with other cancer survivors and working as a firefighter, Patrick is also an active volunteer with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Patrick participates in: Patient Services through their First Connection program by talking and sharing his experiences with other patients. Patrick is also a part Team in Training (TNT), Light the Night (LTN), and was a candidate (year) for Man/Woman of the Year (MWOY).
“I found LLS to be a great help to me during my treatment. Afterwards, I felt that it was important to make the experience easier for the next person diagnosed.”- Patrick
In his future, Patrick sees himself continuing an active life, finding new experiences and “helping others during their cancer experience.” Patrick has continued his support of LLS, because he believes that “LLS is committed to all aspects of blood cancer: patient services, research, political action and awareness. Patrick would like to encourage other patients to “never quit. Do what is required and take it one step at a time.” For more success stories and information on how you can become a part of LLS, visit our website!
Patrick is the Light the Night Honored Hero for Chicagoland. Chicagoland’s Light the Night will take place on Saturday, October 24 in Chicago/Arvey Field Grant Park, Saturday, October 24 Oak Brook/ Oak Brook Park District, and Sunday, October 25 Glenview/ Gallery Park. Check in is at 4:30 P.M. and the walk begins at 6:15 P.M. at each location. For more information and to register for Light the Night, visit http://www.lightthenight.org/il/.