Since 2010, South Brunswick's Hugs for Brady Foundation has worked tirelessly to raise awareness that kids get cancer too.
Unfortunately, the township has several reminders of this stark fact, whether it be through the loss of 9-year-old or through 6-year old Jake Holmes, of Kendall Park.
After 15 months of treatment for Stage 3 High Risk, Neuroblastoma Jake had his Broviac port removed on Feb. 3.
This means there are no more baths/showers with Press N' Seal. Jake was diagnosed in November, 2011 and lives in Kendall Park. He returned to school on Feb. 19, 2013.
Hugs for Brady was started by Sherrie and her husband Mike Wells, of Kendall Park, in honor of their son from pediatric leukemia.
"Jake's mom was familiar with the foundation way before Jake got sick. We heard there was another child in town fighting cancer in November last year," said Hugs for Brady co-founder Sherrie Wells in a previous interview. “Around the time we figured out who it was, Jake’s mother contacted us.”
The brave, young Jake is facing the same hardships that Brady once went through, with round after round of difficult chemotherapy treatments.
"The treatments are going well for him," Sherrie said last year. "No matter which type of cancer kids have, they all go through a similar protocol. They all have chemotherapy, blood transfusions, and biopsies. It's the same in the respect that it's cancer and it has to be treated aggressively."
Please wish Jake your best and like the Hugs for Brady Facebook page. The more fans they have, the more awareness they spread.
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