Fighting with Coach Jacobson
Ben Jacobson husband and father of two was driving home on Thursday, Oct. 19 after a normal day of teaching classes at Kirkwood Community College, and helping coach the men's basketball team. He apparently suffered a seizure and hit another car, causing his vehicle to flip numerous times. After being taken to the University of Iowa Hospital ER via ambulance they did a routine CAT scan for injuries . After reading the scan the doctors advised Ben he would need an immediate biopsy. Ben stayed in the hospital and had a craniotomy where they found the tumor to be a non operable malignant Astrocytoma. The doctors are suggesting a year of chemotherapy, and 5 weeks of radiation. Radiation, chemo and drugs might reduce the size of the brain tumor, but Doctors cannot remove the tumor because of its delicate location without serious risk of leaving him handicappe. Treatments are scheduled to begin the week following Thanksgiving. Ben will be seeking a second opinion from additional experts at Wake Forest and Duke. Natalie Jacobson Ben's wife has taken another part-time job to help supplement their income, pay for his medical deductible, as well as any future medical expenses, and transportation costs. Although Ben can not drive yet due to his condition he plans on continuing to coach at Kirkwood while he fights for his life. Ben played division I basketball, and for the Maccabi Team USA because he was a fierce competitor and has a positive attitude he plans to beat this disease so that he can continue to be a role model to the young man he coaches and his children.+ Read More
Ben completed his first week of radiation! We are all in high spirits! Thank you all for your continued support!!
We are fighting with the insurance company to get coverage for Ben to go to Duke. It’s not looking good so we have scheduled treatments to start at the University Of Iowa next week.
Thank you everyone for your generous gifts! Hopeful news to come after talking with Drs at The Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center @ Duke they are requesting Ben's information to be sent over for review. The hope is they can resection (remove) part or all of the tumor. I will update everyone once we know for sure!!