Jackson's Medical Fund

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Raised by 261 people in 34 months

For the majority of his five years, Jackson has had ongoing issues with slowed and haulted growth, continued vomiting and now severe headaches. He has been tested numerous times for multiple GI issues. Last Friday his GI specialist suggested he have an MRI before they placed a feeding tube to hopefully jump start his growth. This MRI changed everything. 

A mass was found in his brain which seems to be the cause of his continued symptoms. Although getting an answer to the many questions was welcomed, this was certaintainly not the answer we were hoping for. The tumor is in an operable place, but it is in a very dangerous location. Tests will be done after the proceedure to test for cancer and to determine long term care. Hearing this news is never easy to take but especially when a sweet little spunky five-year-old is involved. 

Amy, James and the rest of the family have asked for continued prayers and support through what is going to be a very long and difficult road. They are certainly not ones to ask for help but will be in dire need of it. As you can imagine, they will both be out of work for quite some time as they do everything in their power to get their little boy healthy. Medical insurance is wonderful but it only goes so far. They still will have ever mounting bills to pay and Jackson's little three-year-old sister, Jade, to care for. 

We are asking for any donations you feel in your heart to give. Every dollar makes a huge difference. Again, they are not one to ask for handouts but as their main priority has become getting their little boy through brain surgery, any donation will be greatly appreciated. 

We have also set up an email account just for Jackson - jacksontijerina@gmail.com. Please feel free to send him words of encouragement, Peyton Manning football clips, funny cat videos, etc to brighten his day through this scary time. 

Thank you all so much from the very bottom of our hearts. 

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An update from Jackson's mother:

This little boy. My heart, my soul, my everything! He is in the fight of his life! For most of his 7 1/2 years on this earth, he has battled something he knows nothing about, but keeps going with this beautiful smile on his face. I don't even know how to begin this post, so I will just come right out and say it. The MRI results from Friday were not good. His tumors, and there are several, are growing back significantly, and at a rapid pace. In addition, there are new concerns that I wont get into right now, because its hard to explain to someone not familiar. Lets just say, we are no longer needing just random prayers. We need a MIRACLE! He is a child of God, he has faith, and he talks to God like he is an old friend. I will not lie, my faith is being tested, and these days Im not so sure what to believe anymore, but we cant give up. Please do me a favor. If you know Jackson, and you know God, PLEASE tell him what Jackson means to you. Beg him for a miracle! Jackson will be going in tomorrow for a biopsy of some tumor tissue. We need answers! I want to see my baby boy grow up. I want him to grow taller than me, to get married, and to have children of his own. I want him to have LIFE!
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Well, it's been 15 months since Jackson's initial surgery to remove as much of the brain tumor as possible. The past year and a half have been a crazy and intense ride.

Jackson had a shunt placed today to drain the fluid build up around his brain. The diagnosis is that the fluid build up has been pushing on parts of his brain causing cognitive, behavioral and physical symptoms and regression. This, coupled with a change in some medication, is hoped to give him some relief.

Because of these symptoms, it was decided with a team of doctors and teachers that it would be best for Jackson to no longer attend kindergarten. He became unable to actively participate in class and unsafe for him to be running around with other children while his balance is so unsteady. Any falling can quickly bring on intense and dangerous seizures. He is disappointed to long longer attend school with his sister, Jade but as always, keeps a smile on his face.

This sweet boy is simply amazing. He never complains, makes all of his nurses and doctors smile and is the strongest person we have ever known.

Please continue to keep Jackson and his family in your thoughts and prayers as they continue down this incredibly difficult and uncertain road.
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More happy news! Jackson did well throughout the night. He remained under sedation until late in the day today. The MRI taken today came back better than expected. The surgeon saw that he was able to remove more of the tumor than he originally thought and Jackson has showed no signs of stroke. We are still waiting on the pathology results.

Jackson was cleared to have the breathing tubes removed and is slowly waking up. He is resting now listening to his favorite musician, John Denver.

We are so thankful for these wonderful results. Each little baby step is a huge victory!
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WONDERFUL NEWS! Jackson made it through surgery!

The doctor said that Jackson is one lucky little boy. There were no issues during surgery and Jackson remained stable. He was able to remove most but not all of the tumor. One part was too risky to remove. It will be tested for cancer this week.

With this being said, Jackson still has an incredibly long road ahead. He will be in a medically induced coma for several days and is hooked up to a lot of tubes. It will be a very slow healing process which will probably involve a feeding tube and treach. They will continue to monitor the remaining tumor throughout his life.

We are so thankful for the prayers and support. We ask for continued support during the long and delicate healing process. Thank you to the wonderful doctors, nurses and staff and Children's Hopsital.

Praise the Lord for watching over our sweet little buddy!

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Kevin Holben
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It warms my heart to see the donations from people back home. #hooligannation is strong!

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Michelle Moore
33 months ago

Sending prayers to little Jackson. I babysat Amy and Kevin when they were very young and lived in Pisgah. My thoughts and prayers go out to her and her family. I don't think any of us that will be watching the game will not have him in our thoughts and prayers. Go Broncos!!!

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Sending prayers for this Amazing and Brave young man!!

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For our Courageous Little Jackson

Kevin Holben
33 months ago
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It warms my heart to see the donations from people back home. #hooligannation is strong!

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Michelle Moore
33 months ago

Sending prayers to little Jackson. I babysat Amy and Kevin when they were very young and lived in Pisgah. My thoughts and prayers go out to her and her family. I don't think any of us that will be watching the game will not have him in our thoughts and prayers. Go Broncos!!!

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