Jake

 

The oldest of two boys, Jake was an active 6 year old boy, who had started kindergarten and was making new friends. He enjoyed riding his bicycle, fishing with his brother and dad, going to the beach and playing with is friends. Jake came down with a very bad cough and cold that never went away, and he became very pale, tired, started bruising and didn't want to eat. On March 22, 2002, Jake was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, (ALL). Jake completed 3 1/2 years of treatment, including chemotherapy, bone marrow biopsies/aspirations, lumbar punctures, and hospital stays due to infections.

He began life after cancer enjoying skateboarding, body boarding, reading comic books and playing baseball and soccer. However, he never felt 100%. On January 16, 2007, a year and a half after completing treatment, Jake's cancer was back. Jake's younger brother, Colton, was not a bone marrow match, so it was decided chemotherapy would be the course of treatment again. The relapse protocol required in-patient chemotherapy as well as out-patient and all the accompanying tests and scans. A year and a half later, it was clear Jake's treatment wasn't going according to plan and it was decided that Jake would receive an unrelated bone marrow transplant due to the many delays in treatment and life-threatening infections. Complete remission didn't seem attainable the way things were going. After a week of total body radiation and additional chemotherapy, on July 29, 2008, Jake received a bone marrow transplant. The road to recovery has been long and difficult but Jake is back in school and is enjoying all his favorite activities. Things are going so well that Jake was able to participate in the People to People Student Ambassador Program and traveled to Japan in July, 2010. He had a wonderful time, and looks forward to more such adventures!p>

Learn more about Jake's tremendous journey with cancer: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jakehealy

* Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, (ALL), is a fast growing cancer of the white blood cells. Lymphocytes are a type of white blood cell that the body uses to fight infections. The cancerous lymphocytic cells are abnormal, and cannot fight infections and crowd out the production of healthy white blood cells.