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!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Chemo: Round 13

Well, we are figuring out what normal is.  This was another overnight stay at PCMC.  We are back to 3 chemo drugs, one at a time, of course.  I used to think that they mixed the drugs before they gave them to him, but one they push with a needle and the other two drip through the IV.  What takes the most time is getting him hydrated enough to put the chemo in  his veins.  He never gets any sleep there because they pump him so full of saline he spends all night peeing.  They did, however, get a new Wii system that had lots of games on it.  The fourth floor was full, so they made him go down on the third floor.  I didn't like it as much.

My brother, Sam took me to lunch to the Lion House.  I had never been there before!  It was delicious!  Thanks Sam!  We always have nice visits...a little brother/sister bonding time!

Dave came up after work and hung out with Jake until after his chemo was done, after 10 pm.  I drove back up Wednesday morning and checked him out and took him home to sleep for a couple days.

The great news is we get a little break from cancer therapy for 2 1/2 more weeks!  He has a chance to heal until the 26th of October.  They will then do some new scans and tests and compare them to the tests he had done before the chemo and radiation.  Then he will have another overnight chemo stay and start another 15 week course of chemo therapy.  His counts were down on Thursday, so we had to start the Neupogen shots up again.

We are going to try and fatten him up a little and let him heal!  Bring on the Halloween Candy!


  1. It's great to hear you have a little breather...let us know what his favorite Halloween treat is and we will drop by!

  2. He said Reeses or Laffy Taffy