On January 1st, our lives changed forever. Our brother, friend, and mentor, Jake Ziegler, had a seizure for the first time in his life. He was taken to the hospital where after several tests he was diagnosed with a Stage 4 Glioblastoma Brain Tumor. This tumor is a highly aggressive form of brain cancer that is ultimately incurable. As of January 31st, he is undergoing a craniotomy to resect as much of the tumor as they can. In coming weeks, he will start chemotherapy and radiation in hopes of extending his time here with his wife, 10 month old daughter, family, friends and students.
Jake Ziegler is 43 years old and lives in Cedar City, UT. He has been married to his best friend, Heather, for 8 years and together they welcomed their daughter in March of 2017. Jake currently is a teacher at Canyon View High School and in addition teaches drivers education. He has coached many kids in baseball, golf, and football over the past 20 years. As you can see he is an integral part of our youth. Jake is always the first one there whenever anyone is needed. He takes part in many community events and enjoys giving back when he is able. The news of Jake’s illness has already been felt far and wide and impacts many of us.
Obviously, due to these tragic circumstances, the financial burden that has already been placed on Jake is extensive and will only increase in the coming days. His ability to return to work is unknown at this time and we would like to ease his worry as much as we can. Jake is a very private person and would suffer in silence if we let him. However, we know that Jake and Heather are a vital part of this community and because of this many people have asked how they can be of help. After a lot of consideration we decided that this would be the best way we know of to assist this family in need. Any donation, large or small would be greatly appreciated. In addition we ask that you also keep this special family in your thoughts and prayers.