Up until Nov. 9th 2021, Jake was a healthy and active 13-year-old. Some of his favorite interests are playing basketball and being a Boy Scout, but sadly, his world came crashing down that horrible November day. It all started with some occasional stomach pain but an ultrasound later confirmed that he had a football-sized tumor by his kidney. Jake then underwent surgery and was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma. Chemo soon followed but then he developed a perforated bowel from the tumor. He spent over 150 days in both KU Med and Children’s Mercy. After 6 cycles of chemo he was finally able to come home on April 26, 2022. He is currently going to outpatient physical therapy to regain his strength. Hopefully he will complete therapy and be the old, active Jake by the end of July.
Jake has been so sick that he missed most of his 7th grade year. On May 25th, he’ll have a pet scan and CT scan in hopes that the cancer is gone. His family and friends have faithfully prayed for him and are hoping for good news this month. Jake has been resilient and so strong through this battle. His family says he has amazed all of them throughout. They also wished to express their gratitude and excitement over Jake being selected as one of the #StartingFive beneficiaries for The Roundball Classic.
Jake, his twin twin brother and the rest of his family can’t wait to see you on June 9th for the 2022 Roundball Classic!