Dear Santa, It’s About Taking Away – Not Giving or Getting

Dear Santa, Hope all is going well at the North Pole. Please tell the elves I said “hello” and give Rudolph a big kiss on the nose for me.  Hope Mrs. Claus is doing awesome and

Dear Santa,

Hope all is going well at the North Pole. Please tell the elves I said “hello” and give Rudolph a big kiss on the nose for me.  Hope Mrs. Claus is doing awesome and give her my warm regards.

I just thought I would let you know that I am doing great and feeling very healthy.  This year has been very wonderful to me.  I am sure you have been checking on me and I hope I made your nice list. This past year I have been busy with school, life, projects and being a teenager.  But it hasn’t been all work and no play because I did make time to have tons of fun.  I had a smile on my face throughout the year and I hope I have made others smile as well.

Of course, I have a list of presents that I would like to have.  It’s saved on my Amazon Wishlist that I have forward to my parents.  But that is not why I am writing you this letter.  You see, this letter isn’t about giving or getting, it is about taking away.  Yes, I want something to be taken away.  There are kids that don’t deserve this something and it needs to go away now. And, I want it also taken away from their families as well. You see, there are children out there that have cancer, and are fighting for their lives. This cancer is taking away their health, their childhood, and maybe their life.  There are over 15,000 children diagnosed with pediatric cancer every year.  Since 1980, fewer than 10 drugs have been developed for use in children with cancer. Only 4% of federal government cancer research funding goes to study pediatric cancer.  I never quite understood this lack of research thing.  I will never know why this cancer thing happens in the first place.  But it does. These precious, beautiful children full of sweet innocence don’t deserve this and neither does their family.  I am requesting that this Christmas, is to take it away. Take all cancer away from these children. Take away their hurt, their pain, and take away their sickness. Just take away this darn cancer for good.  And I do not wish for it to return.

Much Love,


Dear Jessica,

I am working on it! Continue what you’re a doing in the fight against pediatric cancer.  Let’s work hand in hand together and let’s make a difference.

Love Santa

P.S. I got your long Amazon List.


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Jessica Meyer
Jessica is a 16-year-old pediatric brain cancer survivor who advocates to end pediatric cancer with a goal to educate and inspire others. Jessica is on a mission to support organizations that help children fight cancer and raise funding to find the cure. Jessica is an ambassador for Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Make-A-Wish Middle TN, and Rally for Kids. Jessica is also the 2015-2016 Tennessee Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Champion Ambassador. Through Jessica's ambassadorship she has been featured in many national fund raising campaigns such as the "Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are," "Band Together," and as Cancer Crusher, an 18-episode Superhero-themed national PSA all for the CMNH organization. Jessica has even recently been featured with other cancer patients in the "Teen Cancer America" campaign with The Band Perry.

Jessica has a passion for public speaking. She is a showcased public speaker at many fundraising events. Recently Jessica was the closing plenary speaker for the American Academy of Pediatrics Hospital Medicine's annual convention in Chicago. Jessica has even received an opportunity to take her message to Washington DC with the CMNH Champion's Media Tour where she met with Senators and the Secretary of Health & Human Services.

Along with Jessica's love of public speaking she has also had her story featured in Hope Magazine, Look Book, and Nashville Lifestyles. Jessica has written for blogs and magazine articles for CMNH, Extra Life, and Make-A-Wish. Jessica is a skilled interviewer and continues to do on camera interviews of celebrities and donors for the organizations Jessica is involved with. Recently Jessica has been traveling as a cast member with the My 2nd Act Survivor Stories from the Stage.