The summer of 2006, Jack had been complaining of back pain, being too tired to read before bed, and lack of appetite. When he started to run a slight fever, the doctor ordered an X-Ray to see if he had pneumonia. There was a showing of slight fluid in his lungs and he was put on an anti-biotic. After a 10-day course of treatment, there was no improvement. Blood work finally was ordered, and on November 10, 2006, it was determined that Jack had ALL t-cell leukemia*.
He began treatment at the Valerie Center at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, NJ and then at Hackensack Medical Center. After numerous spinal taps, oral meds, radiation, IV chemo treatments, severe and life threatening side effects, Jack finished treatment February 14, 2010 – his dad's birthday.
Jack is now entering the 8th grade as president of the Student Council. He still has difficulty walking due to neuropathy in his legs – a side effect from his treatments. Jack's determination to overcome this obstacle is awe inspiring. He works hard in physical therapy and maintains a positive attitude. This past spring he played, and even pitched an inning, with his rec baseball team. Jack's main goal is to pitch the entire season next spring for his team.
* 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.