Jacob’s Story

Site created on November 2, 2018

Hello friends.  
This message comes to you tonight with heavy hearts.  
It all started about 2 weeks ago after the boy's 9th birthday party.  Jake started coughing and noticed that he felt a little winded upon running or playing hard.  That week at school he was struggling with his breathing when he played in gym class.  We took him to urgent care at PIP in Maple Grove and they diagnosed him with an ear infection.  They said his lungs sounded great.  
Fast forward to  this morning.  He woke up very swollen and having difficulty breathing.  Sam took him in to North Clinic where they took a chest xray .  They saw a "white suspicious mass" on his lung area.  It was large enough that it was pushing on his heart and trachea.  They immediately recommended that we go to Children's MPLS.  Upon arrival they ordered a CT scan.  
This is what we know this far...….
He has a solid mass that Is invaded his lung space.  It most likely is very fast growing. 
 He had to have a procedure tonight to drain fluid around the mass so they can get in and biopsy it tomorrow and hopefully help him breathe better.  He did this without being sedated and with the assistance of his amazing dad by his side.  My warrior men, they amaze me so much.  He is such a strong and incredible kid.  Anyone that knows Jake well, knows that even flu shots have been  a struggle for him in the past.  God is already provided so much strength for all of us.
Tomorrow they will biopsy the mass and we should know in 24 hours or so of the diagnosis.  We have been informed that they think Jake has lymphoma.  As many of you know, Jake was one of the LLS boys of the year in honor of his mom a few years ago, and has emptied his piggy bank more than once to help fund a cure.  Although we aren't sure that this is his diagnosis, we are praying that whatever it is, it is treatable.
We serve an amazing healer in the Lord Jesus Christ and have and will pray for complete healing for Jacob.  He is our whole world and we hope you will join us on this prayer journey in hope of complete healing.  Please also pray for Sam, as this journey is far too familiar in his heart, And for Ben.  He is hurting too.  
Check back for updates.  We love you all.  

Newest Update

Journal entry by Katie Rodriguez

Hello friends!
 I will be participating in my 21st fundraising event with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society this coming Sunday. Wow..At times I’m floored by the generosity and support that I’ve been given over the years as I continue to FIGHT for a cure, for better treatments and to support patients in the battle. I honestly couldn’t have done this without the amazing people in my life and the support I’ve been given over the years. 
My TC 10 mile team this Sunday is made up of LLS Team in Training All Stars! (Or so I think) Those who month after month, year after year are relentless in this mission. I am proud to have been asked to be on this team and to continue to raise money and awareness. Unfortunately  I think my knees are telling me it’s probably my last long distance endurance event though. 🤨🤣 

If you feel like supporting our team and my continued mission,  the link is here. 

Side note, Jake is doing amazing. He truly is our miracle boy and we don’t take any of it for granted. It’s been fun watching the boys be boys. 6th grade has been going great and Brainerd continues to be the blessing and change we all needed. 

Love and thanks to all-


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