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On April 22, 2011, Jack was life flighted to Children’s Hospital Omaha after suffering a life threatening seizure. An MRI showed a lesion in the left temporal lobe. Doctors feared HSV Encephalitis, a life threatening brain virus. A rigorous 21-day treatment followed. Later testing revealed our worst fear--a brain tumor.

On May 20, 2011, a tumor resection surgery was attempted.  Only a small amount of the tumor was removed.  The remaining tumor was declared inoperable.  Pathology revealed a cancerous glioma. During this time, Jack battled the onset of Secondary Epilepsy--a condition caused by the tumor.  After April 22, Jack suffered frequent partial seizures, sometimes upto 10 a day. The seizures persisted despite high dosages of two anti-seizure medications.

Specialists at Children's Hospital Boston were consulted in August 2011. Pediatric Neurosurgeon Liliana Goumnerova indicated that she felt she could likely safely resect the tumor, and at the same time achieve seizure relief by using intraoperative electrocorticography.  Jack's 2nd brain surgery in 5 months occurred at Boston on October 10th.  The second surgery went great.  After surgery, Dr. Goumnerova came out of the operating room smiling.  Dr. Goumnerova removed a golf ball sized tumor.  Nearly all of the tumor was removed, with the possible exception of a small amount of residual near the brain stem.  Thankfully, since the second surgery, Jack has not suffered a single seizure and is doing great clinically.  

In January, Jack traveled to Boston for his first follow-up MRI.  On January 11, 2012, the MRI looked great as the "spot" showed no sign of growth.  Jack's neurologist then aggressively began tapering Keppra.  By March 22, 2012, Jack was down to one anti-seizure medicine.

A 6-month post operation MRI on April 18, 2012 in Boston surprisingly revealed a progression of the "spot." The "spot" is inoperable.  Doctors have now decided that chemotherapy was the next best therapy. Accordingly, Jack had a port surgery on April 26, 2012 and began 60 weeks of chemotherapy on April 27, 2012, at CH Omaha.  His chemotherapy will continue until approximately July 2013.

Jack and his family have received incredible support.  Jack has a very loving family and community.  Nebraska's Rex Burkhead has also helped make people aware of Jack's fight by so graciously wearing a "Team Jack - Pray" wristband during the 2011 and 2012 football seasons. We thank God for his involvement in Jack's life, as well as the thousands of supporters across the country.  God is good.

Jack and his family gives thanks and praise to Jesus for all of Jack's prayer warriors, supporters, and followers.  God Bless you all for your touching and overwhelming support.  


Andy, Bri, Jack, Ava & Reese


Lynn Matzke signed Jack's Guestbook.

May God bless you as you begin your treatment, Jack! You are a strong young man!  Read more

Dan Augustyn signed Jack's Guestbook.

Dear Andy, Jack and Family,I admire your perspective and faith throughout this journey.  The strength and love you exhibit is inspiring  in so many ways.  While this ... Read more

Nancy Mahloch signed Jack's Guestbook.

Jack and familySounds like you have a solid plan of action going forward.  My family and I will continue to pray for you and send healing thoughts your way.  Best of ... Read more

Dave and Rennae Padderud signed Jack's Guestbook.

Thank you for the informative update.  What a journey--we will continue to pray. Read more

Jan Krakow signed Jack's Guestbook.

Sending prayers for Jack and your entire family🙏 Thank you for keeping us updated on Jack....bless his heart no child should have to deal with cancer I pray for a ... Read more

Amber Shane signed Jack's Guestbook.

Thanks for the update Andy. You have a way with words and despite this enormous struggle you have stayed positive and that keeps us all positive as well. May god bless you ... Read more

Beverlyann Brunswick. signed Jack's Guestbook.

Praying for all of you. The ones at home and all the helpers and for Mom and Jack in Boston. Also for the Doctors that are working on him. Read more

Lisa signed Jack's Guestbook.

You and your family humble me, and I think of you often! I know that you do, but always remain hopeful! My nephew was diagnosed with neuroblastoma when he was under a ... Read more

Anisa signed Jack's Guestbook.

You have all been in my thoughts and prayers and will continue to be!  Let us know if there is anything we can do to help!  Hugs to all!Anisa Read more

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