Jake is 15 years old, a resident of Huntington Beach, California, and a 10th grade student. When Jake was 8 months old, he was diagnosed with a rare form of eye cancer, retinoblastoma. The disease claimed his left eye before the tender age of one and in November 2009 Jake lost his right eye after battling the cancer for 12 years. Jake confronted many challenges during his battle and has used his experience to better himself as a person and develop a strong faith in God. Jake wrote a book when he was 8 years old to uplift and encourage other children who were battling cancer and other diseases. Jake has shared his book and faith with countless others, including both adults and children, who have been touched by his story.
Jake is also a lifelong University of Southern California football fan. He became close friends with the coaching staff and team when he lost his sight. Meeting Coach Pete Carroll and the team was a special experience for both Jake and his family. His ongoing relationship with Coach Carroll and the USC players has blessed Jake beyond...
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