Jesse: Miles and Music
An avid runner and trumpet player, Jesse was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2003. After undergoing chemotherapy, radiation and a bone marrow transplant, he was cured. Unfortunately, the treatment damaged his lungs.
By 2006 he could no longer play the trumpet or run, and as the years passed, his condition grew worse. Daily tasks grew increasingly difficult. Eventually, his lung function decreased to the point where he needed to use supplemental oxygen 24 hours a day. He needed new lungs to survive. In 2013, a match was found and Jesse underwent a life-saving double lung transplant. Because of this gift of life Jesse is once again a runner and trumpet player.
Looking for a way to give back – and reconnect with his passion for running – Jesse founded the non-profit Cream City 5K. Each year, the event not only donates its proceeds to the local OPO and other organizations that support organ donation throughout Wisconsin, but it also raises awareness about the gifts of life that organ donors and their families provide to Jesse and other patients in need.