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Jack’s Story

"I don't believe in Miracles, I rely on them."


If you wish to contribute to Jack's fund, please send donations to:

Jack Jablonski Fund

3001 Louisiana Avenue North

Minneapolis, MN 55427

Or any Wells Fargo Bank, & mention "Jack Jablonski Fund"

*If you wish to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Jack Jablonski BEL13VE in Miracles Foundation where the proceeds benefit SCI research and recovery efforts, please visit www.bel13vefoundation.org and select the red "DONATE" box on the bottom right corner of the home page.  

Latest Journal Update

Catching Up

Let me start by saying that Jack is doing great!

Really great, all things considered.

I spent last week (and then some) with him (and a few close friends) in LA while he was on Spring Break. I could tell prior to my trip that Jack was enjoying California and USC, but it’s reassuring to see that for myself – in person – rather than on the phone via FaceTime.

It’s hard to believe we dropped him off at college nearly three months ago. Not sure where the time has gone, but it’s already time to start planning for Jack’s return home in May. #Can’tWait!

I could fill you in on how well Jack is doing with his adjustment to college life at USC, but Tom Hauser of KSTP-TV did a phenomenal job when he flew to LA to do a story on Jack’s progress. Here’s a link to the piece that aired last month and again during the MN State High School Boys Hockey Tournament: http://kstp.com/article/stories/s3713780.shtml. And here’s another version of the story: http://kstp.com/article/stories/s3714762.shtml.

We love these stories about Jack. We do. But there are people who are tired of seeing him in the news. We get that. For whatever it’s worth, we appreciate the attention because it raises awareness for people living with paralysis and spinal cord injuries (SCI). We’re on a mission to raise funds for SCI research and recovery through Jack’s BEL13VE in Miracles Foundation. There’s no doubt that the media has helped generate attention to these efforts.  

However, we also want to make it clear that what our foundation is doing is much bigger than being “all about Jack.” It’s not. It’s about Everyone living with an injury or condition similar to his. We’re not ashamed to say that Jack has been an inspiration to so many, because he and his story have been. How that happened or why is still baffling. Jack may not have chosen to live life in a chair, but he has chosen to focus on recovery, and not just for himself, but for everyone living with this debilitating condition.

Jack’s journey to college has also been a reality check for us. He’s never presented himself as a victim, he’s not a complainer, and he’s always been so positive. Honestly, I don’t know how he does it, but he does. And, as his mother, I’m not afraid to admit that living with paralysis is a huge challenge and sometimes “just plain sucks.” There, I said it. I did.

However, it’s true. There were moments during my visit with him that brought tears to my eyes. Tears of joy and tears of sadness. Joy because I’m so proud of him for being such a trooper. For having the courage to go to school 1,925 miles away from home and without the support he had grown to know so well here in Minneapolis. Every. Single. Thing. in his life changed when he left in January.


And it made me realize how much we had conquered here at home and how much more we had to re-establish in California. We were beyond fortunate to find Danny, Jack’s live-in caretaker. He’s wonderful. Treats Jack like his own son. How comforting that is to us.

We also had to find helpers to accompany Jack to class and tend to his needs. Again, we’re so lucky to have connected with the wonderful girls who stepped up to this task. We also had to find doctors, rehab facilities, therapists, resources to fix his van and power chair and to set up his medical bed and equipment. Not an easy thing to do, but we’ve succeeded. For the most part.

Watching Jack maneuver his way around college life sheds a sense of sadness over me as well. I see how difficult things can be yet he makes the best of every situation and moves on.   

But it’s not the norm. I see how limiting life in a chair can be and that makes me sad. Jack doesn’t have the ability to do the things we can do. He needs constant attention and help throughout the day. He didn’t just lose the ability to stand up and walk. He lost so much more. And that’s what the BEL13VE in Miracles Foundation is determined to change. We’re passionate about recovery and supporting research that will help people living with paralysis regain lost abilities. End. Of. Story.

Perhaps I’m getting a bit deep here. Or maybe it’s the emotions of a mom watching her child go off to college. Not an easy thing for any parent to do. We all worry. It’s our nature. And yes, our situation is a bit more complicated, so I can’t help but worry about the difficulties Jack has to deal with day-in-and-day-out.

However, I’m so proud of him for doing so well and for having the desire to make the most of his life. He has been blessed with many wonderful and exceptional opportunities. I know he’s going to be fine. He already is.

Maybe there are days when I just wish we could fast-forward to the day when recovery is possible for everyone living with paralysis. Maybe there are days when recovery can’t come soon enough.

I do BEL13VE. I do.

As they say at USC, “Fight On!” 

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73 Comentarios

Mary Stein
By Mary Stein
I love hearing updates about Jack! He and your family are such an inspiration, and you bring renewed energy and attention to spinal cord injuries and recovery. Let the nay-sayers complain to someone else. So many people love to hear about Jack and the strides he is making, and we wish only the best for him and your whole family.
Chris Honaas-Wildfang
By The Wildfang family
I am amazed at what you all have accomplished on this trying journey. Thank you for continuing to share with the community through your updates and through media of all sorts. Your message is so important, and the awareness you've brought to SCI and other paralyses will bring the solutions to recovery just that much faster. We all owe you a lot for your courage, faith, compassion and willingness to be in the public eye (something that isn't always easy).
Ray Cholke
By Ray Cholke
We will never tire of your words about Jack --- We all look forward to them --- It makes us realize how easy we really have it just to do the normal things that get us through a day --- (CVS High School, southeast side of Chicago, same "School Song") --- How unique that is !!
Bob Kocher
By Bob Kocher
Thank you Leslie for the update! I have always appreciated and will continue to appreciate the updates about Jack and your family. I have been following Jack's Journey from the beginning. You all have been in my thoughts and prayers ever since Jack was injured and that will continue. I am appalled that some are tired of seeing Jack in the news. It's completely insensitive and I have tears in my eyes and heart for how I can imagine that has made you all feel. I can't understand how they don't see just how positive and beneficial and inspiring Jack's story is which also continues to provide information that will benefit others in so many ways such as financially through donations campaigns, and valuable resource information, etc.. Hugs and Agape Love to all of you!
Rhonda Passolt
Thank you for the update - Jack is an amazing young man who has gracefully accepted his new life and challenges. We never get tired of hearing about Jack and his latest adventures and accomplishments. We are so happy Jack is thriving at college and that things are working out so great for him and that he has a new group of people who love and support him on a daily basis. His cause is fantastic and it is important that he continues to put a face to the cause which benefits all who have the same or similar injuries. Jack is in our daily prayers - we love your family and we will always be in your corner hoping and praying that things continue to happen the way Jack wants them to. God Bless you Jack, Max, Mike and Leslie! You are an amazing family who we will always admire.

John, Rhonda, Kelsie and Josh Passolt
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Jeanette Hahn
By Jeanette Hahn
I pray for Jack's recovery almost daily and am so proud of all of you. It IS important that the needs of those dealing with spinal cord injuries stay in the spotlight. We need research. We need to find a way to bring healing to the wounded paths where those signals from the brain have to travel. Research has to continue. Thus, we need people like Jack and his high profile. Blessings to all of you.
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jennifer stack
By Jen Stack
Such a great update Leslie! I'm so glad he's doing so well at USC. You and your family are amazing for all you do for people affected by spinal cord injury. Thank you and keep doing what you do.
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Caro Wiles
By Caro-Claire and Martin Wiles
That was a great update
We are so happy for the progress that Jack has made and even the fact that he has been able to go to collage is such a miracle.
Our prayers will continue to be with him and all your family.
I am sure he is such an inspiration to others who have had similar accidents.
Continued blessings from Orillia Ontario Canada
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germaine haymart
By Germaine Haymart
Thank you for the update. What strength you have!!! Where do you think Jack got his? :-)
You do what you need to do for Jack and your family. Fight On!!!
Your friend from Jefferson City Missouri.
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Barbara Clark
By Barbara Clark
So fantastic to get an update about Jack. Especially from mom. I have followed his story and have seen every YouTube video about Jack that I can get my hands on. I have been following the SCI community ever since Christopher Reeve's accident in 1995. It touched me in so many ways that I so happily did some volunteer work for Richard Patterson who was a quadriplegic working at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, CA. He has since passed away, but will never be forgotten. I now live in SoCal and I often think about Jack and how he's doing at USC. Thank you so much for the update. I will always love hearing more of Jack's story any time, any day. I do hope for a cure.
Sincerely, Barbara Clark
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