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!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Cali trip part 2...

We finally talked Jake into going to the beach.  Someone suggested LaJolla Beach because it was wheelchair friendly.  It took us forever to find it...didn't quite leave early enough in the day.  Getting this crew in the car at the same time is like herding cats!

It was very touching to see these guys pick up Jake's chair at the end of the ramp and just carry him the rest of the way.

I'm not exactly sure what these guys are posing for...silly boys!

Look, Fern and Carrie!  The boys are playing with the toys you brought us!  No one was too bored that they colored in the cowboy coloring book, though!  The board John is holding is a skimming board.  You run, throw the board on the water and jump on it and skim across the water.  John was the best at it, Zack got a few good runs on it.  I tried's harder than it looks.  The first beach we tried it at had too many rocks.  This one was perfect!

Spencer looks on as John gives Zack skimming lessons.

There's how you do it!

Zack got some good rides in!

This as good as it was going to get for Jake.

One of Jake's many funny faces.

The saddest thing for me was that Jake would love to be skimming or making the sand castles or tossing the football with the guys...but he can just sit and watch...very uncomforable for him.

But still...

We have been so blessed by the generosity of friends, family and strangers.  We might not have had the fancy food of a cruise, but the boys got the food the love the most...and I didn't have to cook most of it!  Jake loved being in California with us.  I got a little girl time in...nice run on the beach, some nice Jacuzzi time with Dave and Spencer, sweet one on one time with my Jakey!

Families can be together Forever!

1 comment:

  1. It's so fun to see the rest of your vacation pictures. Looks like you had a wonderful time as a family. Sending lots of love and California sunshine your way! :)