By age 17, Jessica Melore had been through more than what most experience in a lifetime. At 16, she was the co-captain of her high school tennis team when she suffered a massive heart attack and was not expected to live through the night. For nine months she lived on a battery-operated mechanical assist device as she awaited a heart transplant. However, Jessica’s challenges were far from over. Complications led to the amputation of her left leg, Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and additional hurdles in the years that followed.

Nevertheless, Jessica’s reaction was not one of despair. Her steadfast conviction and perseverance led to achievements far beyond what many could have ever imagined. Instead of viewing her experiences as a tragedy, she began sharing her story with the masses, inspiring them with her universal message about the power and the strength of the human spirit.

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