Jake's Letter - Christmas Wish 2019

Dear Mark,

I want to take a moment to tell you about a young man that people often overlook. Jake is the definition of quiet dignity and strength. His ability to handle struggles with grace has inspired me since I met him; but because he is so determined often times people don’t see how he has struggled. He and his parents almost never ask for help and I had to really press them to get this letter to you, but I couldn’t let the season pass without sharing their love for each other and their grateful hearts for every day they have together.

In April Jake was ending his junior year at Effingham High with a bright future. He is so smart he could build his own computer system from scratch.That strength was tested when he was diagnosed with B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. His parents stayed by his side and that’s been hard because father Carrey struggles with COPD and is on oxygen, and his mother Mary is the primary breadwinner. Through his inpatient and outpatient treatment, if neither could make the trip from Springfield, one of his four sister would be with him.

Jake loves his family so much that he disassembled his computer and sold the parts to buy gifts for his family. He’s shy and would never have told me this if I hadn’t pressed him. If your listeners want to help, he would appreciate anything from best buy, Apple or Amazon like gift cards. He loves Texas Roadhouse, and right now I’d imagine grocery store or Walmart gift cards would be really useful.

It’s amazing to watch Jake go through treatment and still do the work to finish his senior year. I think when this is over Jake will become a quiet humble force for good in this world. Thank you for sharing this family’s story. Your willingness to heop is one of the best holiday gifts ever.

Stephanie Mobley

Young adult oncology social worker

Dwaine and Cynthia Willett children’s hospital of savannah

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