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Jake’s Story

Welcome to Jake's CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep friends and family updated. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most.  I will do my best to keep updating so no one is in the dark about Jake's progress and where he is headed next!  Please let me know if you have any questions regarding ANYTHING with Jake, and I will answer as fast as I can.

Thank you all for your love, kindness and prayers,

The Beginning:
In late June of 2012, Jake complained to me (Laura) of having a sharp pain in his abdomen, and insisted that we need to go to the ER to get checked out for what we thought could be something like appendicitis. After a CT scan, we were informed that there was a very large mass in his abdomen.  And that is where we began.
After more blood tests, scans, and a biopsy, on July 5, 2012, we were informed that Jake has a grouping (11 or 12 grouped together to form one very large mass) of Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumors in his abdomen/pelvic cavity, which is an extremely rare form a Soft Tissue Sarcoma.

What has happened so far and where we are at today:
Jake has undergone 5 cycles of very aggressive chemotherapy, alternating cycles of 6-day and 3-day stays at the hospital for his treatment.  After the second cycle, Jake had a CT scan and his doctors excitedly told him that there had been 20% shrinkage. He then had undergone two more cycles, another CT, and there had been a total (from the beginning) of 40% shrinkage! He just completed his fifth cycle, and we are going down to the University of MN Hospital to meet with an oncologist who specializes in Jake's form of cancer.  This meeting will let us know where we are going next with his treatment. Jake has been a true fighter thus far, and will continue his fight! Thank you again for all of your continued support and prayers. Please let me know if you have any questions, and I will do my best to answer them with what I know.

Latest Journal Update

Jake is free of pain and suffering.

This morning, Jake passed away. It is relief to know that he is no longer suffering, and is now in a good place. I am not sure as to what else I am supposed to say, but know that we are all grateful for the support, thoughts and prayers that you all have given us. We appreciate your kindness and love.

Laura, Boston, Scarlett

Terry & Steve
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Kathy Johnson
By Kathy Johnson
My heart aches for all of you. May God's peace surround you and comfort you.
Mary Moody
By Mary
I didn't know you Jake, Laura, Boston, and Scarlet but many of my friends who did are speaking about you right now in the most thoughtful, concerned, and beautiful way. What we have in common, besides mutual friends, is that we both live/d in Hermantown. I attended HHS until 1995 before moving and that is what made it so we never met but I do feel your spirit through the love of those that know you which is what prompted me, a complete stranger, to reach out. Jakes worries, his pain and suffering is now at an end but the road ahead has just become more unsure for those he's left behind. It's an emptiness I know well. Just know that the emptiness is an illusion, even though it feels far from it, and that Jake is still there, filling you all with the emense love he did while he was in his physical manifest. In the stillness of this moment, and moments to come, the walk will feel most lonely and time will feel as though it has stopped but you are not alone. While I cannot pretend to know your pain or how you're feeling, just know that this isn't the end. While that provides little comfort in times that test us, it is truth. Blessings to you all along with my deepest condolences.
Sarah Urtel
By Derek & Sarah Urtel and kids
There are no words right now but there are lots of prayers for all of the family and friends for comfort, strength and peace. We will forever smile and remember Go-Go's laugh and smile.
Dixie Brady
By Dixie (Switzer) Brady
I'm so sorry, Laura. I grew up with his cousin Sarah and spent time at their grandma's cabin over the summers in elementary school with them both. It was always just more fun when Jake was there for us girls to torment and he was always so good natured about fishing with us, catching crayfish, starting campfires and just goofing around. He was a great person and clearly very loved. My heart goes out to you, your children, his parents, Andrea and the rest of his family. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
lisa miller
By Lisa Miller
I'm so very so for your loss. My thoughts and prayers have been with you all since the beginning. They continue to be with you.
Steve and Wanda Points
By Steve and Wanda Points
I don't know you either but somehow was divinely directed to your Caringbridge site when Jake was first diagnosed. My husband was diagnosed in 2011 with a sarcoma also and so Jake's battle and his family was close to my heart. We have been praying for you all through this journey and will continue. God bless.
Mary Lee
I did not know you, Jake, or the family, but I saw postings from others on Facebook and just read your entries from the beginning to the end. All I can say is ... WOW! So much courage, strength, and grace from all of you. Please know that I am praying for you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss. Mary
Lisa Lilliberg
By Lisa Lilliberg
I send my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Jake was such an amazing person and has touched so many of those who are proud to say they knew him regardless of how well it may have been. Sending prayers, and peaceful thoughts.
Rick Holt
By Rick Holt
May the memories of Jake in good times and God's grace, give you peace.
He is finally resting, pain free.

Sending Love and Hugs
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Jessica Reupke
By Jessica (Snyder) Reupke
I'm so very sorry. Sending prayers for peace and comfort.