Harper Juliet is the beautiful angel born to Derek and Krista Jacobsen just 10 months ago.
On December 17, 2015, Krista and Derek received the news every loving parent considers their worst nightmare, "Your baby has cancer."
Harper has been diagnosed with a very rare form of Leukemia, Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML). The term "acute" refers to the tendency of this disease to progress rapidly. The survivability of this type of leukemia in infants is less than 50%, therefore it is imperative that aggressive treatment begin immediately.
For the past several days Harper's little body has endured blood tests, bone marrow tests, a lumbar puncture, and numerous other invasive diagnostic testing methods. Her mommy and daddy have not left her side.
Harper's battle has just begun. The treatment phases for this type of cancer are long. She is facing months of chemotherapy, first to kill as many leukemia cells as possible, then consolidation chemotherapy to stop the spread of the cancer, and then intensification therapy to kill off any remaining cancer cells. She is likely to also need a bone marrow transplant. This entire process could initially take approximately 9 months.
As you can imagine Derek and Krista are completely devastated. This family knows their faith in God is their most powerful source of healing for Harper and ridding this cancer from her little body.
We are organizing this fundraiser to help Derek and Krista focus on what really matters, ensuring Harper has every possible advantage as she prepares for the fight of her life. The financial strain on this young family will be tremendous. Harper will not be able to leave the hospital for months, and the Jacobsen's ability to pay for living expenses and related costs will be severely impacted due to their loss of income while caring for their only child around the clock at the hospital. Our goal is to relieve this enormous financial burden and make it possible for Derek and Krista to spend every moment with their baby girl during the most difficult time of their lives.
We, Harper's family, are asking you for your love, support and fervent prayers for the Jacobsens along with any financial donation you are capable of offering.
May the Lord bless you in your gift, and bless this beautiful family.
Five more days to R.S.VP.!
The June 11th Harper's Heroes Open House is fast approaching, and the final preparations are being made. In order to insure everyone attending can enjoy the fantastic food and refreshments, please take a moment to R.S.V.P. only if you are able to attend. You may call (626) 914-4082; text (626) 327-8508 or email KCMoline@gmail.com. Harper can't wait to see you!
Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend as we honor our fallen heroes who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
For those of you who prayed a prayer;
For those who made hats for Harper's thinning hair;
For those who prepared all of those wonderful dishes;
For those who sent all those loving well-wishes;
For those who gave of their financial wealth;
For those who believed in Harper's perfect health;
For those who loved us every way that you could;
For those who had faith that our God is good;
For those who sent up all those prayers for zeroes;
This really means ALL of you Harper's Heroes!
When: June 11, 2016
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.**
Where: Molines' House
516 E. Payson
**Food service provided by "Taco Man" will be available from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and a bounce house available for the little ones.
Please R.S.V.P. on or before June 1, 2016, so we can assure Taco Man has enough goodies for everyone! You may call (626) 914-4082, text (626) 327-8508 or email KCMoline@gmail.com.
Harper can't wait to see you!
Our God is a God of miracles! In our 4 month plus journey, we have seen 3 miracles. I end this story of our journey, praising God for this last miracle we have witnessed. The doctors told us our stay would be approx 6 weeks due to the severity of her final treatment. They said she would be neutropenic for an extended amount of time. It has been 3 weeks, 2 days and TODAY we leave through these hospital doors for the last time. I am bursting with joy with this news.
The day Harper was diagnosed, even though I was in utter despair, I knew God was in control, and He allowed this in our lives for a reason. I also believed that somehow others would be affected by our story. I remember crying out and asking the Lord, "are you going to perform a miracle, so that others faith, and my own will be increased?" Through my knowledge of many events, I believe that many people's faith have been increased. Importantly mine has. I also told him that if He fails me, I will still continue to serve Him. Along the way I hope my words have never portrayed that this was easy because we have faith. It was hard, life is hard. This is the worst suffering I have ever experienced in my 56 years of life. Having faith made it possible. We could have never endured this trial without being able to look to Him for comfort, peace and trust Him for the outcome. In our depths of sorrow and anguish, we felt Him. So as I end this story, I proclaim before my Lord Jesus and you, my God is a faithful God. He is merciful & trustworthy. He is worthy to be praised. He will be my God forever & ever! All of our lives will forever be changed!
I'm sure most of you are wondering, "what now"? Well, the first two years is the most critical, if she is going to relapse it will normally happen during that period. Harper will go in for regular blood draws which will show if those nasty cells decide to return. Her central line is normally kept in for 3 to 6 months. This is for blood draws, and in case of relapse. The doctor has decided to let Derek and Krista decide if they want to remove it sooner. In faith, they have decided to take it out as soon as possible. They are trusting that God has completely healed Harper! I am so proud of them and support the decision they've made.
I love you all, and thank you from the bottom of my heart for EVERYTHING!
We are completely heartbroken that sweet Harper is ill. We are sending positive thoughts repeatedly throughout the day, each and every day. Please know your entire family is surrounded by light, even in a time of momentary darkness. My husband and I are both universal donors. If Harper does need a bone marrow transplant, please let us know and we will begin the testing process. We will do everything we can to help find a donor, even if we are not a match ourselves. We love you all. Harper Strong.
My heart breaks as I saw this gofundme page. I have been thinking and praying for Harper and her parents since I saw the news. I was wondering along with the donations if there is a place we can send gifts and cards for Harper. With this being her first Christmas I woule love to get something to her. My thoughts and prayers and with the Jacobsens. May the lord shine bright on them and surround them with love and support.
Dana and Danny, our thoughts and prayers are with you all! Yes PRAYER is POWERFUL! We are also praying that little Princess Harper who looks like an Angel Girl will be Blessed with the additional component for more favorable results! Thank you Lori for the updates! Love & Happiness, Wendy, John and Alec Garcia
Oh my heart just dropped to the floor and broke over hearing this news. I am so sorry this little darling child that brings such great joy is going through this. I am a believer in the power of prayer and will pray for her and the family. Peace and strength to you all during this time. Children are amazing and resilient and there is much hope here. Rest is the power of the Lord.
I am so happy to hear this news! I look forward to every email and pray it's always great news. Prayers for the upcoming procedure. Steve, I hope your sweet adorable niece and your sister and brother-in-law get to enjoy Harper they way the should really soon!
My heart goes out to your family I have a Harper of my own born on 2.9.19 just a few days before your Harper I can not imagine what you are going through. I read your story through someone who had shared it on Instagram. As I read I noticed it didn't say how Harper was diagnosed, what were the symptoms? I don't want to pry but that might be a good thing to share to bring awareness about this. Thank you in advance.
Omg, I didn't know Lori about your grandchild. She is so precious. Bless her heart. I feel so bad for your family. I will pray for her. I will also put prayer requests in at church. Please let me know if you need anything. You look great. Take care love ya Jen
Baby Haroernis adorable ! God is Good and I wish you all a very merry Christmas and blessed New Year!
I am blood type A+ and just sent my swab to the national registry today. If there is any possibility I could be a match, please let me know. Maybe we can get things facilitated through the registry. Praying little Harper's fever comes down and this latest setback rights itself.