17-year-old Jakob is a social, fun-loving high school student from Montgomery. At age five, he was diagnosed with a nervous system disorder that causes seizures. Since that diagnosis, Jakob has frequently been in and out of the hospital for treatments.
In early 2017, Jakob was referred to Make-A-Wish by his nurse at Cadence Health. When he and his parents found out he was approved for a wish soon after, it gave them something to look forward to amidst their hardships.
“I was overjoyed and excited and a bit in disbelief,” Tosha, Jakob’s mom, said. “Jakob was thrilled, too. We’d gone through so much and it was nice to have something good happen that we didn’t have to worry about so much.”
Being the active kid that he is, Jakob wished to go on an adventurous vacation in Hawaii with his family. In January 2018, he and his family flew to Hawaii for a wish experience none of them will soon forget. Tosha said Jakob was thrilled to experience a new place and have his family with him for the journey, which included exploring American battleships from World War II, swimming in the ocean, parasailing, paddle boarding and windsurfing.
“Everything was taken care of, which was amazing,” Tosha said. “We were so exhausted from life, and it was so nice that we didn’t have to plan anything – Make-A-Wish took care of us.”
Tosha said Jakob is still happy from his wish and they both enjoy thinking back on it to cheer themselves up when things get rough again.
“It was such a happy, easygoing time, and we were so blown away by the generosity of everybody,” Tosha said. “It really was a once-in-a-lifetime thing, and we couldn’t be more thankful.”