Jacob Joseph Swiderski was first diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor when he was 2 1/2 years old. His 9 1/2 year battle has included 5 brain surgeries, over 5 years of various chemotherapy drugs, and 3 different kinds of radiation. Through it all, Jacob has been an inspiration to all who know him. He is a pillar of strength and perseverance and has surprised his doctors time and time again. In October of 2013, after spending 3 weeks in intensive care, we were told Jacob's tumors were growing and that we should prepare for the worst. We took him home and a year and a half later he was still going strong.
In February of this year, Jacob ended up in intensive care with a serious lung infection. The doctors determined it was caused by damage done to his lungs from his radiation and chemo treatments. They decided to do a cat scan and found that the tumors had spread to his entire brain. The tumors on his brain stem were affecting his breathing. We were told to call in the family. He was in serious condition, yet the doctors said,"Don't count him out just yet!" After 3 weeks, Jacob walked out of the hospital.
We did not know how much time we would have with our boy. On June 1st, 2015, Jacob jumped into the arms of Jesus. Over 1,000 people attended the visitation and funeral.
Most parents are proud of their kids for their grades, trophies they achieve, and their many other successes. Jacob didn't have any of those awards or certificates. However, we are proud that our son was known for his tremendous strength and his ability to inspire everyone whose life he touched. Jacob inspired us more than we ever inspired him! We will forever be proud to call Jacob our son!
Joe and Kristi Swiderski
Team Jacob Forever!