The following day, a more extensive MRI was performed, and the doctors discovered he had a large fluid filled cyst surrounding a small tumor near the thalamus. The first procedure to drain the cyst and biopsy the tumor was scheduled for, and performed the next day. Unfortunately, the biopsy did not go as planned, so we had to wait until the next procedure for the pathology to be determined. Once the immediate nature of the cyst was gone, our doctor advised us to go home and enjoy the Christmas holidays, with a return visit scheduled for two days after Christmas. During the next surgery, the doctors would attempt to remove the tumor."
Fortunately, the tumor was benign. Unfortunately, during 2012, Jacob had 9 surgeries to remove the cysts, the tumor, and to repair the incision site, for a grand total of 11 surgeries for this brave little boy in a 12 month period.
The family received the news they had been praying for at a follow up MRI in February 2013. He was clear for just over a year! And then, in March 2014, the news wasn't what they were hoping for. Jacob's MRI showed regrowth. :(
Following several meetings with top doctors at Children's Hospital, Jacob had a picc line inserted and he will be receiving weekly low dose chemotherapy for the next year.
Jacob lives with his amazing parents Chris & Lauren, older brother Zach, and their dog Rooster. I would love to be able to help them and take some of the financial burden off their hands so that they can focus on family, and not worry about how to pay for everything! I would love for Jake to have some great Dre Beats and an iPad with wifi so that his chemo days would go by quickly. I would love for this wonderful family to be able to take a trip together to celebrate Jacob's epic battle that has burdened their hearts for over 2 years!
Thank you so much for reading Jacob's story and donating to a very worthy family! No amount is too small, and prayers are more than welcome too!
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