Team Jake Cancer Fund
In 2015 Jake's small mole was removed, along with a golf ball sized amount of infected tissue, and it was diagnosed as Stage 2C Melanoma. After the removal of the skin cancer and the skin graph to cover the incision, Jake quickly healed and follow up scans showed the cancer had been isolated.
But on March 14, 2016 the nightmare of that one small mole resurfaced in the worst way possible. Jake was told his Melanoma was back and it had now spread to both of his lungs and his brain. Less than one day after being told he now has Stage 4 cancer, Jake underwent surgery to remove a 2cm tumor from the right frontal lobe of his brain. The surgery was a success but radiation is required to assure that no cancer cells remain, and it will not be until after his doctors feel that his brain cancer has been controlled that they will even begin to treat the cancer in his lungs.
This will be a long and hard fight for Jacob.
We are asking from those that know him, please donate what you can to help make this difficult time easier for the sweet, happy-go-lucky big kid we all love. Medical bills not covered by insurance, other healthcare associated costs as well as general living expenses will all need to be covered for our friend.
And for those that have not had the pleasure of meeting Jake, we ask that you find it in your heart to donate what you can as well. Jake's life is just beginning. The carefree days of his youth have quickly ended and he is now facing a fight that most of us will hopefully never know. Please donate to help ease some of the stress from his battle.
Whether you know and love him, or know someone who loves him, or if you can simply relate to the sunny beach day loving kid that Jake represents, please share this campaign and help do what you can to not only help Jake in his fight but to also raise awareness to the severity of the lesser known dangers that skin cancer can cause.
I'm pretty sure that I figured out the reason they call it "battling" cancer. Instead of using a less abrupt term like "dealing with" or "getting used to," it's closer to a literal battle that your body is fighting against 24/7. Especially during immunotherapy, which tends to go overboard. It attacks good cells and other organs as well. I guess that's why my oncologist compares it to the hulk? I just wish my body felt that way!
It's safe to say that this battle has gotten me this time around with the long list of immune related side effects. But on a bright side, the progress I've had and all of the amazing support outweighs it all since it's an achievement in itself. I keep in mind that it can always be worse. I think 21 days of recovery time in the hospital is more than enough, along with a new diet and an even more positive attitude. I hope I start looking like myself again! #TEAMJAKE
It can always be worse!
So glad to get your update - I've been thinking about you a lot, but sorry to hear you have had some setbacks. Your positive attitude is amazing, dear Jake, but so are you! Know we love you and have lots of folks praying for you!! Stay strong!!
We love your spirit. We love your smile. We hold your healing foremost in our prayers. Make it a wonderful weekend!
Hang in there, dear Jake. We are all praying hard for you!! Love you and give sweet Peyton a hug!
We love getting your updates but more importantly, we love you!! Keep up the fight and the great attitude, Jake. Praying hard for you in Colorado!
Kick that cancers ass !!!
Amen ! God our father is the Ultimate Physician ! Praying for you and your family.
You will always "kick ass" Jake, and I will always be there for you whenever you need me, Love you buddy!
Hang in there, Jake. You actually look pretty good to me! Get all the rest you can and eat as well as you can to keep your body strong for this new battle. Know we all love you and pray for you constantly, as does my church out here!
Jake, you are a true fighter! Keep positive, that will help you as much as any drug. Big hugs from N.C.
Hey Jake: So sorry to hear about your latest setback; your positive attitude is amazing and certainly helps with your fight. Keep it up, Jake, and just know that so many folks are praying and pulling for you! Sending much love and hugs from the Bakers!
Such awesome news, Jake! So thankful that you've been blessed with the strength & courage to make this journey. May God bless & keep you healing