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, August 24, 2011

Family trip!

My sister posted this on Facebook!  Very sweet!

for all of you in facebook land i want to share a very special family with you- please go to -this is my sisters (Rose) son, we would like to give them some time for memories together, jake would like to go on a cruise- i have found one for 2000.00 for thier family of 7. if anyone feels like they can help donate to this vacation for them, we would appreciate it.

 there will be additional costs for gas and hotel to and from L.A. We know that they have felt your prayers and have been blessed by all those who give them service and a listening ear- it is such a small thingto us- thanks to all who have blessed thier lives. contact me if you are able to donate, there is also a way to donate on for the sake of jake, but i don't know if you can earmark it for the vacation.

Note from Rose:  You can donate through this blog but Pay Pal keeps a percentage of it.  I spoke with all the schools (except UVU) and they are willing to work with Mike and Spencer to keep them from falling behind.

It's too painful for Jake to walk, so we will need to get him a wheel chair.  He is very excited to go!  The tumors are going crazy!  There are too many for me to count now.  He has lots of swelling.  We have cut out the sweets and pretty much fed him fresh foods but something is making those tumors spread like wild fire!  Crazy!

Our family and friends are very sweet.  Every kind gesture is noticed and appreciated.  I'm sorry if I don't get every single tender mercy a Thank You note...but know that we are grateful...please!


  1. I think you all need a vacation! A cruise is a fabulous idea!

  2. This is a perfect way to celebrate a wonderful son and brother!! You guys need to go ASAP!! Tell me what to do and I will do it!

  3. We have a wheelchair you can borrow!

  4. I do not know your family but very touch by your story...I am so sorry for what your son is going through...I will keep you all in my prayers...I just wanted to send this to you ...I am sure somebody may have already suggested it....Make a Wish Foundation

  5. Thanks Deb! I believe the cut off for Make A Wish is 18. Jake just turned 20 this spring. I'm not aware of any foundations that help 20 year olds.