Jess's Sunshine Fund
Jess’s Sunshine Fund was named for Jess Schaeffer, who passed away in 2005 at the age of 24. Established in 2001 by the Kiwanis Club of the Boyertown Area, the endowed fund provides financial assistance to families of children suffering from catastrophic illnesses or injuries and who live in the Boyertown Area School District. Jess was 22 months old when he was diagnosed with Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis. Jess was confined to a wheelchair, and eventually had to resort to using an electronic liberator to speak. Despite battling the pain associated with his illness, Jess was cheerfully involved in his community, actively attending church services and managing the Boyertown Boys Basketball team. A spot of warming sunshine in peoples’ lives, Jess’s fund has helped many children and families cover medical costs, travel expenses, and more.