This is Jake's Story...

Jake is a 20-year-old twin who has been diagnosed with stage 4 Rhabdomyosarcoma, a very rare form of cancer. Going through a vigorous daily radiation treatment and weekly Chemo treatments make him extremely tired, weak and sometimes nauseous.

Jake is otherwise a normal teenage kid. He likes playing computer games, paintball, swimming and golfing. He loves hanging out with his four brothers, 4 wheeling, camping, and ruining his mom's laundry baskets while making home videos. He hopes to someday become a computer programmer.

This blog was started to keep his family and friends updated on his status.

Addendum: Jake became cured of cancer, free of pain and everything this world brings on September 29, 2010. He continues his journey in Heaven. He is doing awesome! Hope you're doing the same!

His family thanks you for your generosity in donations, love and service. God has shown us many tender mercies!
Thanks for being one of them!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


We had an appointment at 11:30, but it was changed to 1:30 this afternoon.  We first saw a Dr. Nelson, who was an Urology Surgeon.  We supposed that he was going to do a biopsy, but he took some history, checked Jake out and consulted the Radiologist on the CT scan.  He couldn't do a biopsy today or tomorrow, but as a consolation prize, he made arrangements for us to get into the Radiologist who could do a biopsy with a needle.  Jake finally got in to the Radiologist around 3:15.  He was in there for an hour, only used a local sedation.  They took three good biopsy samples from a lymphoma in his groin area.  The guy from the lab was there, said that they were good enough specimens and he will have the results Friday morning.

I was able to talk to our Oncologist on the phone, Dr. Heather Gilbert.  She works in the Huntsman Cancer Institute.  She said she would call us before Friday if it was really bad news.  Otherwise, we will learn the treatment plan on Friday morning.  She really couldn't give me any more information until the biopsy is analyzed.  She was very nice and answered my questions as best she could with the information she had.

For now, Jake has to take it easy for the next couple days.  His leg is still swollen and it won't go down until he starts getting treatment.  One of the lymph nodes is pushing against one of his arteries and it's not letting the lymphatic drainage out of his leg.

That's all I know for now.  I'll update again on Friday.

Thanks for the prayers!  Keep them coming please!

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