To help Jake Mieszala beat a brain stem tumor.
On December 12, 2014, 8 year old Jacob Danny Mieszala found out that he had a large inoperable brain stem tumor called Ganglioglioma.

If you have had the pleasure of knowing Jake, you know he is special for so many reasons. Jake loves school and excels in all of his classes. He is bookworm who enjoys art, drums, soccer, animals, his treehouse, and exploring the great outdoors. Above all, Jake loves his family, who he affectionately refers to as “the zoo.” Jake has a 4 year old little brother named Casey who thinks the world of him and tries to be just like him. Jake also has a few other non human siblings which include 4 dogs, 1 cat, and 2 birds (hence “the zoo”). Jake’s mom, Lauren, is his biggest advocate and supporter. Jake’s dad, Paul, is a US Army veteran and Chicago Police Officer who helps motivate him in, what has become, the fight of his life.

Because of the location of the tumor and the medications he is now on, Jake has had some unfortunate symptoms present themselves that have restricted his mobility, breathing, and vision. It has been hard to see his childhood taken away from him, but through all of these changes, he has somehow found a way to keep a smile on his face and inspire everyone around him.

We all love Jake and we want the absolute best for him. Since his recent diagnosis, he has been through multiple surgeries, MRI’s, CT scans, extended hospital stays, and he’s currently undergoing Chemotherapy. He has weekly physical and occupational therapies to regain his strength. With the future unknown and not wanting to compromise Jake’s care for financial reasons, we are asking for assistance in whatever way you can to help them combat the financial burden that comes with a long term cancer battle. It truly should be the last thing on the Mieszala family’s mind during these difficult days.

Contributions to the Just For Jake Organization can be mailed to:

Just for Jake
3400 W 111th St, PMB #123
Chicago, IL 60655


Or via Paypal below:






JOIN JAKE AND THE “JUST FOR JAKE TEAM” SUNDAY NOVEMBER 8TH FOR AN EVENING OF FOOD, FUN, AND FUNDRAISING!


What are brain and spinal cord tumors in children?

Brain and spinal cord tumors are masses of abnormal cells in the brain or spinal cord that have grown out of control.

In most other parts of the body, it is very important to distinguish between benign (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous) tumors. Benign tumors do not invade nearby tissues or spread to distant areas, so in other parts of the body they are almost never life threatening. One of the main reasons malignant tumors (cancers) are so dangerous is because they can spread throughout the body.

Although brain tumors rarely spread to other parts of the body, most of them can spread through the brain and spinal cord tissue. Even so-called benign tumors can, as they grow, press on and destroy normal brain tissue, causing damage that is often disabling and can sometimes cause death. This is why doctors usually speak of “brain tumors” rather than “brain cancers.” The main concerns with brain and spinal cord tumors are how fast they grow, how readily they spread through the rest of the brain or spinal cord, and if they can be removed or treated and not come back. But both benign and malignant tumors can be life threatening.

For more information visit cancer.org.

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