The life of Jase
Jan 8, 2015 we got the news that no parent ever wants to hear. The tumor was back. Due to the type of cancer he has, it meant that the tumors will continue to come back! Since then, he has undergone multiple surgerys and treatments in hopes of setting him on the path to remission. His doctors will continue to treat him using the best care and facilities possible, but now all we can do is make him as comfortable as possible for the time he has left on this earth.
Jan 28, 2015 our world has officially crashed. The tumor grew back and then some. Most of the right side of his brain is composed of a massive tumor. The oncologists have confirmed that he MAY have a few weeks to live, if that. We are keeping him home on hospice. All of our local family and friends have been our constant support system, and, of course, our California family members from afar as we await their arrival so they can meet Jase for the first time and say goodbye to Jase before his final day. For some of our family, it will sadly be the first time they have met Jase, and for others that have made the exhausting and expensive trip, it will be their 5th time. Emotionally, it has taken a toll on everyone around us. Meeting family for the first time should be on happy terms; we never expected this "first" to be under the pretense of a last.
We have been blessed to meet some great friends here in Virginia. They have become our local family - there for us through everything as they have made us meals, mowed our yard, lended campers for us to borrow as all of our family arrives this week, and cleaned dirty dishes. But most of all, they have been the truest definition of friends. They were also the wonderful people to start this fund for us.
Our family is located in Sacramento, California. We would like to raise money so Jase can meet as much of his family as possible. Throughout Jase's treatments, and during Jase’s final time with us, we have been flying our West Coast family back and forth to visit our son. We will also be flying Jase’s brother, Landon, who lives in San Diego, to see him one last time and say goodbye to his baby brother. We would like to be able to do this ourselves, but with Jeremy being in the Navy, and I having to take a leave of absence from work to care for Jase, we simply do not have the funds. Family is everything, and we will do everything in our power to ensure that our family is together during this time. Our goal is $50,000. We thank everyone who is able to donate, as well as those who have not been able to donate, because all views of Jase's page have allowed for this beautiful boy to be seen by many people. Please continue to offer your support and share his funding page on your personal media pages to help get the word out.
Since Jase is too young to apply for Make-A-Wish, the local community has come together to show their support and love for Jase. Wavy TV 10 will be airing a segment on Jase and his exceptional life right after the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 1st. The owner of Virginia Beach aquarium has offered us a tour of the entire facility. We thank the community for their support of Jase and the opportunities that have been given to us and to him, to give him the best life possible.
Please feel free to visit his facebook page and show your support for his recovery and to follow his story.
Thank you all for your love and support and God bless our boy and you all! Here is the video link to our local news station who did a feature story on our little man last week! http://wavy.com/2015/02/01/in-the-last-days-of-a-toddlers-life-wishes-granted-by-strangers/
We will be burying him on Sunday and as we get closer to that day it is becoming more and more real. It is painful to know I will never see his gorgeous face staring at me as I come out of the bathroom while getting ready for work. I will never come home to a happy little Jase clapping and crawling super fast to get to mommy. Instead, I wait until God decides it's mommy's time to go home.
I miss you Jase James Dodson.
The funeral is family and close friends. The celebration of life will be held at Gibson Ranch in Elverta, CA at 1pm, Sunday, Feb 15th and all are welcome to join us. As a heads up there is a $5 parking fee at Gibson Ranch.
Second will be a monthly donation made to North Shore Animal League in honor of Jase to care for medical bills for any type of "babies" they rescue!
As many people do, I needed something in particular to hit me as "jase would love this" and I did find two thing. I am going to cover the cost of vet bills for a kitten found by a friend who loves animals and can't at this time afford basic vet necessities for this kitten. I told Julie, it's from Jase.
Took the time to bundle up my baby in all her snow gear and take her out to enjoy the new snowfall. Even if it was a lot of work for only 15 minutes of fun it was worth it. Maplewood, mn #Jaseitforward
RIP Sweet Baby Boy
Very beautiful Amy! Thanks for sharing.
When you're ready, C.S. Lewis' book The Problem With Pain is very helpful at understanding pain and why God allows it. It was very helpful to me. I Continue to pray for your family.
A Poem for Jase To be brave is to cry But to stay in the race, And that's what you did Our Hero, Our Jase. The battle was hard A struggle to keep pace, But still you fought on Our Hero, Our Jase. The cancer was unrelenting Invading your space Yet you did not stop smiling Our Hero, Our Jase. So many lessons you taught Leaving memories to retrace Changing us all for the better Our Hero, Our Jase. Your work here is done As we sadly embrace Never forgetting your beauty Our Hero, Our Jase Now Fly high and Fly free Sweet Angel of Grace We will love you forever Our Hero, Our Jase #Jaseitforward
Am sorry for your loss my godMay God hold hold you now at this bad time ! May he hold Jase in his loving arms always
I am so sorry for your great loss. You have your own Special Angel to watch over you. God bless
Run fast baby boy.
Jase James Dodson..
I'm so sorry for your loss. As a mother my heart aches. Your son is an angel who will keep watch over the family. He's at peace in gods arms.
Your family is in my family's thoughts and prayers. Thank you for sharing Jase's life with us.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful boy Jase and your loving journey with everyone. May the Lord truly bless your family and comfort you all.....Heaven has a beautiful new angel to watch over you.....
In our thoughts and hearts...there are no words...
Prayers for comfort from all the impossibles
Rip sweet boy you inspired so many God bless you dear you will be missed by all
As I sit here looking at my 12 week old daughter, whose birthday also happens to be November 14, I can't help but to smile and cry at the same time. Following the story of Jase and all he has been through had taught me to hug her tighter and appreciate all the little things in life, even when she's kicking me in my side at 4 in the morning. Prayers and hugs for your family in the days to come, and thank you for sharing his life with us! ♡♡
Fly High Baby Jase! Your Free! Stay strong Dodson Family. You are loved. You have given so many of us an amazing gift by sharing your beautiful sons story. Thank You, Thank You for reminding my Husband and I to cherish every moment. Jase will forever be in our hearts as we hug our children. Little Jase Lives in every heart and mind he touched!!
Rip baby jase :'( Keep your loved ones close mommy, you'll need it even more during this time. Your so strong. Your whole family.