(TRENTON) – The Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders honored Hamilton resident Jessica Lynn Rogers during their December 7th agenda meeting. Jessica was 16 years old when she was injured in a road-rage accident that left her paralyzed from the chest down. In the five years since the accident Jessica has endured several surgeries and intensive physical, occupational and recreational therapy. As a result, she has gained strength and mobility in her upper body, arms and hands.

The Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia provided treatment and therapy for Jessica cost free until she reached the age of 21. To show her appreciation to the Shriners and help provide the same critical financial assistance to others that she received, Jessica is giving back through “Jessica’s Tabs for Shriners.” Tabs from beverage cans are collected at various locations and then recycled for cash. So far, $2,000 has been donated to Shriners Hospitals.

Freeholder Ann Cannon remarked, “Jessica is an inspiration to me and to everyone who meets her. She has overcome so much yet courageously remains upbeat and optimistic about her future.”

Jessica also had something for the freeholders and others in attendance. She distributed bright blue rubber bracelets with the quote, “Fight with Courage” printed on them. They symbolize support for research to cure spinal cord injuries.

“Jessica is one of the most amazing young ladies I have ever met,” said freeholder John Cimino, who sponsored the proclamation honoring Jessica, “her desire to give back to the Shriners and to help others is truly inspiring.”

In addition to the proclamation, Mercer County has also offered its facilities as additional locations for collecting the aluminum tabs. Containers will be placed at the McDade building at 640 South Broad Street in Trenton and the County Connection Office on Rt. 33 in Hamilton.

More information regarding Jessica’s story and her fundraising efforts can be found on her website http://www.jessicalynnrogers.com/.

Front Row (L-R) Freeholder Chair Ann Cannon, Jessica Rogers, Freeholders Lucy
Walter and Anthony Carabelli.
Back Row (L-R) Freeholder Dan Benson, Scott Rogers (Jessica’s father), Jason Sadoff
(Jessica’s boyfriend), Freeholders John Cimino, Keith Hamilton and Pat Colavita.