“Jacob had a blast”
At Jacob’s routine 4-month checkup, a nurse noticed a golf-ball sized lump almost protruding out of Jacob’s abdomen. The otherwise healthy baby underwent a CAT scan that revealed the lump was a neuroblastoma tumor, a type of cancer that forms in and around nerve cells.
Doctors initially attempted to remove the large mass during a grueling four-hour surgery, but once its location was discovered, other treatment options were pursued. Jacob’s tumor was wrapped around his spinal cord, and any attempt at removal could paralyze him for life. Jacob started chemotherapy treatment in April 2004, and suffered through the harsh chemical rounds every three weeks for seven months.
Thankfully, the treatment worked, and Jacob’s tumor shrunk significantly. A portion of the dangerous disease still remains inside Jacob’s body, and he goes for routine scans every year. Jacob possibly faces a 10-11 hour surgery in the future in an attempt to shave off what is left of the tumor.
Jacob is an energetic and talkative boy who loves music and everything to do with San Diego, California. He used to live there and was wishing to go back, so Kids Wish Network granted his wish!
Kids Wish Network sent Jacob and his family on a once-in-a-lifetime San Diego experience complete with a San Diego Chargers game, a VIP tour of the Hall of Champions, luxury accommodations, fun eateries, and more!
“Thank you Kids Wish Network for the wonderful weekend that was put together for Jacob,” says his dad. “From the hotel to the restaurants to the sailing tour to the Chargers game, every aspect was an absolute blast. There was obviously as great sense of effort and care that went into planning Jacob’s wish.”
Kids Wish Network would like to thank all the generous sponsors that helped make Jacob’s wish come true:
• Donald Brown, San Diego Chargers running back
• Hotel del Coronado
• Anthony’s Fish Grotto
• Tom Ham’s Lighthouse
• House of Blues San Diego
• San Diego Hall of Champions
• San Diego Sailing Tours
• San Diego Zoo and Safari Park