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Jacob Kerr and Family

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Raised by 346 people in 9 months
Created September 27, 2018
My name is Matt Kerr and I would love your help for my nephew, Jacob Kerr and his incredible Mother, Father and little Sister. 

After beating neuroblastoma at age 5, Jacob  lived a normal life for 12 years before cancer delivered a one-two punch. At 17, Jacob developed a secondary cancer (osteosarcoma) on his pelvis in a spot he had received radiation during his first cancer treatment and most of his right pelvic bone was removed.

It is Jacob’s goal to go to UVic to study computer science. Despite his intensive second treatment of chemotherapy and surgery, Jacob finished high school, applied to university, and was awarded
scholarships. At 18, Jacob spent his year doing grueling physical therapy so that he could walk when he went to university. In May 2018, he completed a 5 km walk/run to prove that he could do it!

In late August 2018, at almost 19 years old, and a month prior to starting university, Jacob developed another painful, aggressive osteosarcoma in his jaw. The family is heartbroken to learn that the tumor is inoperable.

Jacob’s dad, mom, and sister have always been with him 100% along the way. Right now they want to be with him for his palliative radiation treatments in Vancouver. The family will be dividing their time between Canuck Place in Vancouver and their home in Central Saanich, depending on Jacob’s care needs.

This is where we need help. The costs of caring for a family increase when medical issues take the forefront. The Kerrs want to spend time together as a family. Any one of us would take this burden from
this family, if we could, but what they need is our support. Jacob’s road is sure to be difficult and his family wants to walk it with him.

As Jacob’s uncle, I thank you in advance for providing whatever support you can. Our goal is $50,000, which will cover living expenses  and travel for the family for a few months. Any amount, though, would be greatly appreciated. 
He is one of the strongest people I have even met for enduring what he has in his life. 

Sincerely, Matt

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Just a reminder that the Celebration of Life Ceremony for Jacob will be held Sunday, April 7th, 2019 at 1:00 pm in The Mary Winspear Centre @ 2243 Beacon Avenue W. Sidney, BC..

Thank you.
Matt
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A Celebration of Life Ceremony for Jacob will be held Sunday, April 7th, 2019 at 1:00 pm in The Mary Winspear Centre @ 2243 Beacon Avenue W. Sidney, BC.

https://www.mccallgardens.com/obituaries/jacob-adam-kerr

From Jacob's family:
With heavy hearts, we announce that Jacob Adam Kerr, age 19, our amazing son, brother, family member, and friend passed away March 3rd, 2019 at home surrounded by his family.

Predeceased by grandfather, Garry Walthers 2011; Jacob is survived by his mom Susan, dad Jason, sister Julia, grandmother Diane Kerr, grandfather, Andrew Kerr, grandmother Sandra Walthers. He will also be missed by Aunts Lisa Fawkes (Glen), Linda Walthers, cousins Kyle and Jason Fawkes, Uncle Matthew Kerr, extended family, and friends as well.

“Those who knew Jacob, even for a short time will miss his immense shining light”

Jacob was fiercely brilliant with an ability to overcome, endure and succeed against all odds. Sarcastic, dark humor and practical jokes were a part of everyday life for Jacob, even while entrenched in his illness.

Diagnosed with cancer at age 5, then again at 17, then 18, Jacob would refuse to be defined by the disease, and he wasn’t. Multiple chemotherapy drugs, tests, scans, radiation, stem cell transplant, and several major surgeries, would attempt to take over his life many times. Jacob’s positive and powerful mental outlook on life, along with school, soccer, friends, and family would force the balance to a normal life. Ultimately, he just wanted to be a young adult, cancer free and attend UVIC to study Computer Science.

Jacob’s passion and desire for a higher education became his key focus through high school and post-graduation. Through a bone cancer diagnosis and active treatment in 2017, Jacob graduated with honors and was accepted at UVIC through the Computer Science Program with scholarships awaiting his arrival. This same treatment protocol would claim ¾ of his pelvic bone and recovery would be intense and on-going with Jacob not only walking again without crutches but running in a 5 km event 11 months after the extensive surgery.

In Jacob’s way, “I did it because I wanted to see if I could, and now I don’t really want to do that again”. Jacob never liked running… We would all be amazed and in awe at this feat, but to Jacob, it was not a big deal and another example of working hard to get the result he wanted.

Jacob would continue to persevere throughout his illness, and although the disease was evident, he would have ultimate control of his days, moments, his future and passing. This was critical to Jacob and he did it his way.

The Kerr Family would like to express heartfelt thank you and gratitude to The Victoria General Hospital Pediatric Oncology Clinic, BC Children’s Hospital Oncology, Hematology Clinic, Canuck Place, BC Cancer Agency Vancouver, Ronald McDonald House, Peninsula Health Services, Victoria Hospice and Rebalance MD.

The strength of the human spirit is more powerful than any disease, and we were witness to this in our son and brother Jacob. His light shon brighter and brighter the closer he came to leaving us. We will always be grateful for Jacob’s grace, dignity, bravery, humor, and love, and will keep him in our hearts forever. We are honored to be Mom, Dad, and Sister to such an amazing human being.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Victoria Foundation, as a fund is being established in Jacob’s name to support a scholarship for students entering the Computer Science Program at UVIC or by cheque sent to #200 – 703 Broughton Street Victoria BC V8W 1E2.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.
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With the deep sadness I regret to inform all you amazing supporters that Sunday, March 3rd at 430pm Jacob Adam Kerr has passed peacefully with his Mom and Dad at his bedside. With your support he was able to put up a good fight over the last few months. He slipped away the way he wanted to and on his terms.
At Christmas Jacob told me how amazed he was that so many people came to help and how many of them he did not know. He was so touched and in awe of such kindness from all of you. And so is the rest of his family.
He will be dearly missed.
I also want to thank you personally for all you gave. This was such a hard time as many of you know. It seemed that the fact there was people who believed in him helped him push forward. I dont have words to express the gratitude I have for all of you. Thank you!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!!
Matt
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