This is Jake Spiegel – He’s an energetic, highly-intelligent, lovable 14-year old recently diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma. It’s in his right arm. It's a rare disease which typically affects only about 300 young adults a year – most often affecting those in the 13-20 age group.
As you might guess by his photo, he loves sports - especially playing forward on his HS varsity soccer team. Not too shabby as he's only a freshman. But there's more to this teenager's balanced, young life. He’s the oldest of three boys – a great big brother by anyone’s standards.
For years he’s been in the gifted program at whatever school he’s attended – currently it’s the gifted program at Louis E Dieruff HS in Allentown, Pa. He holds a 4.33 GPA overall, but his favorite subject is Math – which he does A++ work. He’s already been inducted as a member of the Junior National Honor Society and has been in numerous Math competitions.
He is a voracious reader – having sailed through all the obvious series like Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Divergent, and the Maze Runner.
This is a truly likeable kid. He’s overcome other struggles in his life – not the least of which is learning to manage his Asperger’s Syndrome. He’s a polite, fine young man and hasn’t run into anyone he dislikes – and the feeling is always mutual.
His doctors have mapped out a treatment plan, that, while frightening and aggressive, will, in their opinion, be successful for Jake.
Please join us often on this page to learn about his progress, offer prayers, insight and words of encouragement and if you don’t have a lot of time – just to say Hi!