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Our Kids - Meet Jake
It all began with an odd lump on Jake’s neck; the swelling of a lymph node, like when you are about to get a bad cold.
It took two visits to his doctor and a blood test to confirm there might be a problem. Jake’s parents sat down with his doctor to learn that their son had cancer. Jake’s father compares the moment to “hitting a brick wall.”
Jake was rushed to The Hospital for Sick Children and specialists diagnosed him with Acute Lymphocytic Lymphoma (ALL), the most common form of childhood cancer. Jake became one of about 320 new cancer patients treated at SickKids this year.
Jack spent the next 12 days undergoing intensive chemotherapy to target the cancer, then eight days of cranial radiation treatment. His treatment at SickKids will take three years in total plus follow-up appointments.
Jake hasn’t let his cancer get him down. A class-clown at school, he has brought his humour to the cancer ward at the Hospital. He once covered his face in pizza sauce at lunchtime to try to scare his nurses. Jake is a straight “A” student and is the youngest of three siblings. He is an active Roman Catholic and participates in church readings and choir when is well enough.
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