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!

Friday, August 26, 2011

MRI results...

We spent a very long time at the hospital yesterday...basically getting 2 MRI's.  I wanted to see how extensive the tumor growth was in his abdomen and back.  The good news is, there was only one tumor close to his spine...bad news...the tumor has grown back where the first was removed and it is bigger than the just 7 weeks time!

Thank you so much for the fasting and prayers...amazing, amazing strength to get through this!  A friend of mine told me that she could feel that my heart was very strong.  I told her...only because God is holding it in his hands.

Family Trip update:  We could not wait on passports to take the cruise, so again we are going to Plan B!  My sister was able to find us a condo in Oceanside, CA.  We will fly there in a few weeks...some of the boys will have to drive down.  We may just end up hanging out at the beach or in the condo...either way...Family bonding!  My boys are a hoot when they are all together...with no electronics!  They just feed off each other till they have us laughing and coming up with new family funnies!

Remember I said it had been a long time since I had felt Joy?  I heard Jake laughing several times today...that brought me joy!  See, she was there!  I just had to look a little deeper to find her!


  1. Just so you know.. we just went on a cruise to the Bahamas and all you need is birth if that info helps any there it is. But if Oceanside is what works for you, that is awesome!

  2. We stayed at a condo in Oceanside and we love it there! You guys will have a great time!

  3. My heart is with you all! Let me know what I can do to help, if anything! A vacation will be great for you guys! Much love! <3

  4. I'll cast my vote that you just hang together on the beach...! There's something about the waves crashing & the family being more just with each other that you'll ever get on a crowded, crowded cruise ship. Nothing like the beach in California! xo Sue

  5. Oceanside is beautiful! So is Dana Point and San Clemente! Plenty to see and do and something about hearing the crashing waves is very relaxing!

  6. You will have a wonderful time!! I am so excited for you all!

  7. Carlsbad, which neighbors Oceanside, is my hometown. My parents and 4 siblings are still in the area, so I just got to spend 2 weeks there! You are going to love it! There is nothing better than hanging on the beach with your family!