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Olympic swimmer to visit Egleston
Olympic swimmer to visit Egleston

ATLANTA -- Four-time Olympic medalist Kaitlin Sandeno has joined forces with the Jessie Rees Foundation to spread holiday cheer to the young patients at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

Sandeno will be at the DeKalb County children's hospital from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. She will help distribute Holiday JoyJars to kids fighting cancer.

Holiday JoyJars are the brainchild of Erik Rees, CEO of the Jessie Rees Foundation. Rees' daughter Jessie founded the charity before passing away from brain cancer in January. Each JoyJar contains up to 20 new, age-appropriate toys.

"Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston provides courageous kids with cancer with groundbreaking care and healing," Rees said in a statement. "They embody Jessie's motto, 'Never Ever Give Up,' and we are honored to distribute Holiday JoyJars with Kaitlin there."

UPS and Anthem Blue Cross of California are sponsoring Rees and Sandeno's visit to the hospital.

"We are blessed to have supporters like Kaitlin Sandeno, UPS, Anthem Blue Cross California and all of those who have helped pack and distribute 20,000 Holiday JoyJars this season," Rees said.

Learn more about the Jessie Rees Foundation at negu.org.

Kaitlin Sandeno is a two-time Olympic swimmer. She won a bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Games and gold, silver and bronze medals at the 2004 Athens Games.