Jessica's Original Cheesesteaks helping pay medical bills

Jessica's Original Cheesesteaks helping pay little girl's medical bills

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12-year-old Jessica Huber is going to Disney World this summer.

Her dad Mark says she's been begging him to go for four years, so he figured it was time to take her.

After all, she's been through a lot.

According to police, when she was only 19 months old she was in a car crash with her mother who was under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time.

MADD says her mother survived but Jessica wasn't expected to make it.

"As a result, we have a young woman that was born with full potential, and thank God because of her spirit, she still has that full potential," Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said. "But she has to go through some challenges that are an absolute direct result of people driving while under the influence of alcohol."

On Wednesday, Austin Police along with MADD honored Jessica and her dad and gave her a few things that might come in handy at Disney World.

 

"She's a fighter, she never gives up. You're talking about a kid that was paralyzed from the neck down and to see her walk and talk and do the things she does is just a miracle," Mark Huber said.

Mark says the road hasn't been easy for his daughter.

"She's had so many facial reconstructions and brain surgeries and this surgery and that surgery and she always comes through like a trooper," he said.

Mark eventually decided to open up a food trailer called "Jessica's Original Cheesesteaks" to help him with the mounting medical bills. He says there are more surgeries on the way.

"The kids and the people who survive deal with this every single day for the rest of their lives, it doesn't go away. It's financial pain, it's physical pain, it's mental pain. It never goes away," Huber said.

Police Chief Art Acevedo is encouraging drivers to do the right thing this Fourth of July.

"When they make that decision, and we make that arrest or we have that crash and somebody ends up in the morgue, don't shed a tear for the person that chose to drink and drive, shed a tear for the Jessicas of the world and hold people accountable," Acevedo said.

"You have so many choices today to get yourself home without hurting anybody else. I mean that's just the bottom line, go do what you need to do but make sure you find a way to get home," Huber said.

Austin Police's "No Refusal" weekend starts tonight at 9 and lasts until 5AM Sunday morning.

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