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About Jessica Melore

Jessica’s experiences with adversity are a true testament to how challenging life can be. She has learned that even in the face of death, we can defy the odds and emerge triumphant. Her awe-inspiring journey will leave you with the powerful message that life is yours for the taking; it’s up to you to celebrate it for all it’s worth.

The Top 10 Things I Learned in 2017

As I’ve shared in previous posts, for better or for worse, each year helps teach us something about ourselves and the world around us – whether it’s a memory that we’ll look back on fondly, or an experience or decision we’ll gladly leave behind for good. I think many of us will look back on […]

Harboring Hearts Benefit: A Night to Remember


Harboring Hearts held our annual benefit at the Lincoln Center Penthouse in November. It’s hard to believe that we’ve been going strong for almost nine years. Harboring Hearts was founded when Michelle Javian connected with Yuki Kotani. Both of their fathers had received heart transplants, though Michelle’s father had sadly passed months afterward. They wanted […]

By |December 11th, 2017|Science, organ donation, Heart Disease, Harboring Hearts|0 Comments

Prix Galien Awards – the Nobel of Pharmaceutical Innovation

It was an honor to be invited to the Prix Galien Gala at the American Museum of Natural History as a guest of Oracle. The Prix Galien Awards are considered the equivalent of the Nobel prize and the highest accolade for pharmaceutical research and development. Needless to say, there was no shortage of brilliant minds in […]

By |November 15th, 2017|Science, Discovery, Biotech, Pharmaceutical|0 Comments

One year later…

A year ago today I was sitting in a hospital gown, ready for a hysterectomy that would kick my cancer for good. Even though I’d been public about cancer the two times I’d had it before, this was the first time I was open about it while it was happening. As with other things in […]

By |July 26th, 2017|cancer|4 Comments

Share your voice and give hope to others.

When I was a high school senior who had just survived a heart attack and leg amputation, in need of a heart transplant, I had to make a decision about whether I was going to be public about my story. I decided that yes, I would be, because it was part of who I am […]

By |August 6th, 2016|cancer|0 Comments

10 Things I Learned in 2015


Every year has its high and low points. Sometimes it’s easy to look back and think “I thought I’d be much further along than where I am today – what did I accomplish?” I think it’s important to acknowledge the goals that you had (or hadn’t) set when the previous year began, and consider why you did or […]

By |December 31st, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Smarter Together – A Night Celebrating Science and Curiosity at the American Museum of Natural History


I was recently invited to attend the Merck KGaA’s “Smarter Together” event celebrating its 125 years of science and discovery. The fact that the event was in the American Museum of Natural History made the fourth grader inside of me particularly giddy, as I walked through the menagerie of wooly mammoths and elephants I’d passed so often […]

By |October 25th, 2015|Disability, Amputee, Science, Discovery|0 Comments

The United Nations Global Diversity Leadership Forum


I was very excited to attend the Global Diversity Leadership Exchange forum at the United Nations. It was an extraordinary opportunity gathering global thought leaders to “bring forward breakthrough ideas, solutions and collaboration for business growth, common good, and global prosperity.” It was an honor to be invited by Amir Dossal, Founder and Chairman of the Global Partnerships forum.


The first […]

By |July 12th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Swimming with the Challenged Athletes Foundation

As a kid, I was always a pretty avid swimmer. We didn’t have a pool in our backyard (a pipe-dream of mine), but during the summer we were never far from a beach or a local pool. My parents called me their “little fish” and would swish me around the water while singing On Moonlight Bay. […]

By |June 28th, 2015|Disability, Athletics, Amputee|0 Comments

Living Beyond Limits: The Chance to Run Again

I’ve always been a pretty active person: when I had my heart attack and leg amputation at age 16, I had been the co-captain of my high school tennis team. Since then I’ve never shied away from physical activity, whether going zip-lining, playing tennis, parasailing, dancing, swimming, or skipping public transportation to walk all over New York […]

By |June 14th, 2015|Uncategorized|2 Comments