Countless Iowans Are Rallying Behind Ames Cancer Patient
You might have met this Iowa woman after a series of videos went viral about her bucket list items. She captured attention after a chef made a thousand-mile journey to help something special off the list.
It really started with Chris Bautista. He is a chef and owner of a food truck called 'The Beignet Truck' and a few weeks ago he set out on the journey of a lifetime.
He saw a video made by an online creator named Jessica. This young Iowa woman is terminally ill and she was nervous that she might never get to try one sweet treat.
"I've always wanted to try beignets from New Orleans," the Iowa woman explains. "I don't think I'll ever get down there, so if someone out there could possibly send them!"
Bautista was sent the initial video with Jessica's request and quickly agreed to come out for this special mission. He shared his tearful response to the request on social media.
While he didn't necessarily have the funds to turn this wish into reality at first; after posting a GoFundMe page called 'Bring Beignets To Jessica' and going $3,000 over his initial goal, he was able to help young woman check this item off her bucket list.
In an event that Hy-Vee actually helped coordinate, a bunch of her neighbors, friends, and family gathered around the young woman as she listened to a real New Orleans-style band perform jazz for her.
For those who follow Chris on Tik Tok, you might have caught the Tik Tok live of the event. In it, he cheerfully serves up those tasty-looking beignets to Jessica. Her reaction was priceless.
She shared a few videos capturing the day. You can check them out down below!
One of the unfortunate realities of living with cancer or any other terminal disease is the bad days. That wonderful few hours in a tent surrounded by family, friends, and beignets seemed to be only a memory in some of Jessica's recent videos. She shares the truth of what seems to be a constant battle with her ailment.
"I really try and not let it ruin my day," the Tik Tok sensation shared.
The California chef's support for the young woman didn't end when he got on a plane and left Iowa. He is encouraging his own followers to go and support Jessica.
If you would like to send some positive messages to this strong human being, do so on her Tik Tok channel.