The life of Jase

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Raised by 772 people in 19 months
Amy Dodson   NORFOLK, VA
Jase is a beautiful 2 year old toddler who is fighting for his life. On July 15th of 2013, he was taken to the emergency room because he had not been able to keep anything down. After noticing that his head was larger than it should have been, he was given a CT scan and our life changed forever! Jase was diagnosed with Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumors (PNET). After removing multiple tumors from his brain, and undergoing numerous chemo treatments, it was hoped that he would be in remission. The care for Jase has taken a toll on our family physically, emotionally, and financially as the need for his care increased.

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. 

https://www.facebook.com/supportingjase 

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/

 









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Update 55
18 months ago
First time I have been able to relax in a year and a half and I'm not quite sure how I feel about it. The funeral and both celebrations of life, family and friends, and our boy has come and gone, I have time to sit and reflect on everything. I have time to cry. I have time to mourn. I have time to grieve. Then why don't I want to? First time in a year and a half that I don't have to worry about how chemo is going to effect my baby or what comes next because the chemo didn't work. Do I miss him? Yes, I didn't know it was possible to miss one person so much. Am I glad that it is over? Yes, granted I would've preferred it to be over with him being alive and cancer free forever. But with his type of cancer I came to terms a long time ago that it would never be that way. Maybe that's why I don't have the urge to cry every 5 minutes or that I still smile and have my "amy baker trouble maker" attitude. Maybe that's why I am the one telling everyone else that it will be okay, that it's not the end of the world, and that life will move on. And yes, life will move on. In a short two years we have made many memories with Jase. No matter the chemo treatments, endless nights in the hospital, or even endless awake nights with our crazy kid partying in his crib... There were good memories associated with all of them. First time in a year and a half that I am able to relax and I honestly think I like it. I don't feel guilty or selfish about it by any means as most would. It's also the first time in a year and a half I feel at peace. Jase is no longer sick and he is happy. Jase is in heaven playing with his sissy and our friends and family that have gone before us. Because this is the first time in a year in a half Jase is able to relax... I can too. ❤️mommy
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Update 54
18 months ago
I am missing my Jase immensely today. I've tried to keep myself busy; but by the end of the day, while I am relaxing, the reminder comes back that my son is no longer crawling at my feet. He is no longer saying no no no every time I tell him not do something. I try and remind myself that he is no longer in pain but I want to be selfish and say screw that, I want him back!

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.

Mommy
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Update 53
18 months ago
Please don't forget to #JaseItForward today!!! ❤️❤️❤️
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Update 52
18 months ago
As I sit here on the West Coast beach right next to where my wonderful husband and I said our I do's, I reminisce on what brought us to this beach with our loved ones. Right behind me I hear the magnificent COD turning, the command where our life as Mr and Mrs Dodson started. I remember the first time we got caught kissing at work (oops), and all the great people that helped keep us together (long story). I remember the day on this base where Jeremy proposed right before he left for a 9 month deployment and the day we decided this beach is where we will be married. I remember the day on the coast of the beach where I found out I was pregnant with our little Jase and less than a month later we found out we were moving to Virginia. How I didn't want to leave this beautiful coast. While I may miss it all immensely, I am very glad we moved across the country. Our story may have started here but it has played out beautifully in Virginia. We had the most gorgeous little blue eyed boy who lit up a room with his smile. A little boy who would show Mr and Mrs Dodson what real strength looks like. As a couple we had been through a lot and we had thought we were strong, but not as strong as the little boy had taught us we could be. Our story continued when we found out the devastating news that our little bright eyed light up a room with his smile boy had stage 4 brain and spine cancer and we thought our world was over. But over the next year and half that's when we learned real strength. Jase had taught us how to smile and laugh during the hardest times of life and we owe him so much for that. People wonder how we can laugh and smile through this and to tell you the truth, it's because of Jase. As I sit here at the beach where Mr and Mrs Dodson became one, I reminisce on how I came to this beach once again. It started with three (Jeremy, Amy, and Landon) and then there were four. Even though Jase has passed we will continue going forward because of him and with him with us always in our hearts. Because of Jase... Our story will always be... To be continued...
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Pam Clifford
18 months ago

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!

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Pam Clifford
18 months ago

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.

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Missy T
18 months ago

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

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B.j. Miller
18 months ago

RIP Sweet Baby Boy

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Jessica Morrow
18 months ago

Very beautiful Amy! Thanks for sharing.

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Bee Good
18 months ago

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.

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Missy T
18 months ago

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

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Susan Peters
18 months ago

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

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Carole Ann Davis
18 months ago

I am so sorry for your great loss. You have your own Special Angel to watch over you. God bless

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Juan Matias
19 months ago

Run fast baby boy.

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Juan Matias
19 months ago

Jase James Dodson..

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Janice Fulton
19 months ago

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.

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Dennis Monagle
19 months ago

Your family is in my family's thoughts and prayers. Thank you for sharing Jase's life with us.

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Beth Anderson
19 months ago

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.....

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Adele Averill
19 months ago

In our thoughts and hearts...there are no words...

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Kineta Sandoval
19 months ago

Prayers for comfort from all the impossibles

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Crystal Dann
19 months ago

Rip sweet boy you inspired so many God bless you dear you will be missed by all

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Heather Baldwin
19 months ago

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! ♡♡

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Missy T
19 months ago

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!!

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Kaelyn Lampman-Graeser
19 months ago

Rip baby jase :'( Keep your loved ones close mommy, you'll need it even more during this time. Your so strong. Your whole family.

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Pam Percel
17 months ago

Jeremy & Amy, I am so so sorry for the loss of your son's life. He is now painfree and watching over you. I realize that no matter how many times people say that or you read it, it still doesn't take away your pain & sadness. You & your family are in my thoughts & prayers.

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Pam Clifford
18 months ago

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!

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Pam Clifford
18 months ago

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.

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Missy T
18 months ago

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

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B.j. Miller
18 months ago

RIP Sweet Baby Boy

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Jessica Morrow
18 months ago

Very beautiful Amy! Thanks for sharing.

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Bee Good
18 months ago

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.

+ Read More
Missy T
18 months ago

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

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Susan Peters
18 months ago

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

+ Read More
Carole Ann Davis
18 months ago

I am so sorry for your great loss. You have your own Special Angel to watch over you. God bless

+ Read More
Juan Matias
19 months ago

Run fast baby boy.

+ Read More
Juan Matias
19 months ago

Jase James Dodson..

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Janice Fulton
19 months ago

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.

+ Read More
Dennis Monagle
19 months ago

Your family is in my family's thoughts and prayers. Thank you for sharing Jase's life with us.

+ Read More
Beth Anderson
19 months ago

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.....

+ Read More
Adele Averill
19 months ago

In our thoughts and hearts...there are no words...

+ Read More
Kineta Sandoval
19 months ago

Prayers for comfort from all the impossibles

+ Read More
Crystal Dann
19 months ago

Rip sweet boy you inspired so many God bless you dear you will be missed by all

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Heather Baldwin
19 months ago

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! ♡♡

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Missy T
19 months ago

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!!

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Kaelyn Lampman-Graeser
19 months ago

Rip baby jase :'( Keep your loved ones close mommy, you'll need it even more during this time. Your so strong. Your whole family.

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