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I Back Jack Foundation
May 2010

        Backing Research                    Building Hope                     Beating Cancer
Welcome to the first I Back Jack Foundation newsletter!

With great determination and strong will we created the I Back Jack Foundation because we believe that people working together have the power and spirit to make a difference.  Please join us.

Sarah Bartosz
Jack's Mom and President, I Back Jack Foundation

"Once you choose hope, anything is possible."
                                           ~ Christopher Reeve
In This Issue
Backing Research -- Mission Message
Building Hope -- Back to School Golf Event
Beating Cancer -- Update on Jack
Backing Research

Childhood cancer is considered rare, but when it happens to someone you know or your own child, it becomes all-encompassing.  Sarah and John Bartosz founded the I Back Jack Foundation following the unthinkable diagnosis of their son Jack with Stage IV neuroblastoma, an aggressive and difficult to treat pediatric cancer.  At the tender age of four, Jack began his courageous journey to fight cancer.
What would you do if you were told your child had a cancer for which there was no cure?
You would do whatever it takes and build upon the trust in the eyes of your child and the other children so bravely fighting, including Jack.
Through its efforts, the I Back Jack Foundation is currently supporting the Band of Parents Neuroblastoma Initiatives Fund at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York, the hospital that treats Jack and more children with neuroblastoma than any other hospital in the world. The institution is working on several pioneering treatments that offer hope to the kids fighting neuroblastoma today and those who will be sadly chosen to fight tomorrow. 

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the 2nd Annual
Back to School
Golf Event
September 13, 2010

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Building Hope
Golf Goodies

On September 14, 2009, the I Back Jack Foundation held its first Back to School Golf Event at Chenequa Country Club in Hartland, Wisconsin.  The sun was shining brightly in the sky and in the hearts of the participants who generously backed Jack and the other children battling neuroblastoma.

As a result of the tremendous response, Jack and his sister Annie presented doctors at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center with a check in the amount of $55,000.

Beating Cancer . . . a personal update on Jack
Jack v. Cancer
  "Is there a cure for neuroblastoma?"
Jack has been battling neuroblastoma for more than half his life.  During these four-and-a-half years, he has never questioned the treatments, the doctor and hospital visits, or the time away from home and friends; he has just known and accepted that all of it is simply what needs to be done to fight his 'ickies.' Up until now it never occurred to Jack to imagine for one second that there wasn't a cure for neuroblastoma.  But after attending an event on Sunday to support melanoma research, he took to heart the message the speakers delivered about the need to find a cure and obviously began to wonder about a cure for his own type of cancer.

As Jack's parents, we explained to him there are many different types of treatments that can help to get rid of the 'ickies' in his body and we just haven't found the right one for him.  We assured him that we are dedicated in every way possible to finding his cure.  Though Jack seemed satisfied with the response at the time, we know that this is only the beginning of very difficult questions and conversations to come.

The next step in Jack's treatment is this Friday, May 21, when he will undergo surgery in New York to remove the 2 cm. piece of diseased bone from his jaw.  Please keep Jack in your prayers on Friday as we take this important step toward answering Jack's question with a confident, "yes."