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Jessica Melore*

Patient Advocate

By age 16, Jessica Melore had been through more challenges than what most experience in a lifetime. Nevertheless, her 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.

Named one of GLAMOUR magazine’s Top 10 College Women of 2012, she graduated with high honors from Princeton University, receiving the Allen Macey Dulles Award for the graduating senior who best represents Princeton’s motto: “Princeton in the Nation’s Service and in the Service of All Nations.” She has appeared on Dateline, Good Morning America, ABC’s World News Tonight, MTV, and Telemundo, among many others. She has also written for and been featured in a variety of online and print publications, including Dr. Oz: The Good Life, Woman’s Day, The New York TimesNew York Daily News, AOL Health, MSN.com, The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, National Geographic Explorer for KidsGLAMOUR, Cosmopolitan, Huffington Post, and USTA Magazine. Her amazing story of courage and determination has been what Extra called “an inspirational tale of survival that gives us all hope.”

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