Jessie has acute myelogenous leukemia. AML is a cancer of the blood-forming tissue, primarily affecting the bone marrow and lymph nodes. Since his diagnosis, Jessie has undergone aggressive chemotherapy treatments and must be monitored carefully by his doctors. Sadly, the chemotherapy has caused him to lose most of his vision in his left eye as well as some of his hearing.
According to Jessie’s mother, Kim, Jessie was “really excited” about meeting Tony Stewart. In fact, “he was kinda nervous, so he didn’t talk much” to Mr. Stewart, but beforehand, Jessie was “nonstop” in talking about him. Jessie loved his wish so much that he did not want to leave the track and was upset when the family had to leave Georgia. However, since the family has gotten back to Illinois, Jessie has regained his talkative nature and has told everyone at his school, teachers and classmates alike, ALL about his meeting with Tony Stewart!