Jessica Morris was the founder of Our Brain Bank, a nonprofit organization that provides support to those with glioblastoma.
A network for cancer fighters
Morris was diagnosed with glioblastoma in 2016. She was quickly frustrated by the lack of psychological support for patients diagnosed with the aggressive cancer. Knowing that her diagnosis was terminal – the odds of living more than 18 months past a glioblastoma diagnosis are very low – Morris sought support, and when she did not find what she needed, she created it. She founded Our Brain Bank, which offers a network for glioblastoma patients that includes the psychological support but also goes beyond it. Morris brought physicians into his network to encourage them to seek patient-centered treatment. And through our brain bank, she paved the way for glioblastoma patients to receive second opinions and to sign up for clinical trials. Morris beat the odds and survived more than five years after her diagnosis, which only about five percent of glioblastoma patients do.
Morris on the founding of our brain bank
“[B]When I find a way to channel the terror of diagnosis productively, I feel more alive today than ever. ”- from an op-ed for 201
Tribute to Jessica Morris
Full obituary: New York Times