Jess is the founder of Headbands of Hope and author of The Freshman Fabulous: The Girl’s Guide to College. With Headbands of Hope, for every headband that’s sold, one is given to a child with cancer. Since 2012, Headbands of Hope has donated headbands to every children’s hospital in the United States.
During her junior at North Carolina State University, Jessica Ekstrom experienced a life changing moment that changed the trajectory of her life.
While volunteering for the Make-A-Wish foundation, she would spend time with young children battling life threatening illnesses. One thing she noticed was that young girls who lost their hair from chemotherapy treatment preferred to to wear headbands instead of wigs. Inspired by the courage of the young girls and seeing a void to fulfill their wishes, Jessica created Headbands of Hope.