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Hometown: Dublin, Ohio
Age: 6 (on race day)
Diagnosis: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
August 20, 2015 was the day Jack and his parent’s world was changed forever. It was the day their active, stubborn and otherwise healthy son was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic B cell Leukemia.
Jack’s parents picked him and his sister up from daycare and found that he had two very large, dark bruises on his left arm. Jack said he had just been pushed in the dirt, the bruising looked too large to be from something like that. His family monitored him closely the rest of the day. By the next day, the bruises worsened and Jack had a nosebleed that would not stop. Jack’s parents took him straight to Nationwide Children’s Hospital to find out what was wrong with their son.
After some blood work, Jack’s parents were told he likely had a cancerous process starting. A few days later, the bone marrow results confirmed he had leukemia. They were told the entire treatment process would take three and a half years. Jack’s parents were devastated and could not fathom the road the news. Jack was only two and a half at the time – treatment would last longer than he’d even been alive.
Today, Jack is almost at his four-year mark from his diagnosis of leukemia. He’s completed almost 39 months of IV chemotherapy, 24 spinal procedures, two bone marrow biopsies, and multiple visits to the ER and hospital admissions.
“Nationwide Children’s means so many things – but most importantly it means hope. We are forever indebted to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Their staff and support team has kept this family together emotionally and physically. Their love for children has kept Jack, our little stubborn, energetic boy who just wants to play with his buds, as close to normal as possible,” says Sarah, Jack’s mother.
The Hematology, Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) team treat patients with the rarest cancers and blood disorders, with specialists who are sought to collaborate and participate in treatments across the country and around the world. The Nationwide Children’s department of Oncology is ranked in the top 10 by US News and World Report.
But nothing holds him back. He recently finished Kindergarten and will be starting first grade this fall. His friends don’t know he has leukemia. He doesn’t act any different than they do and doesn’t ask for help. He is active, energetic and lives life to the fullest. This winter he played basketball and indoor baseball and will start up coach pitch baseball this summer.
Last year, Jack finished his three-and-a-half years of chemotherapy. He is a hero to his family, medical team and all who learn his story. Jack will inspire runners and walkers who pass through his mile during the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon to know that they can overcome their challenges and be champions, too!
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