That handsome guy in the picture with me is my little brother, Jake. Two years ago, when he was just 18 years old, Jake was diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, Pulmonary Hypertension is a chronic lung disease in which the blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs is abnormally high, causing the heart to have to work harder than normal. But that's not what I want to talk about here, I want to talk about my little brother.
Jake loves to make people laugh. He is undoubtedly one of the funniest guys I know, and I guarantee most of the people that know him would agree with me. Jake is smart, in that natural, witty kind of way that everyone always wishes they could be. Jake dreams big, he has plans for himself that most would consider impossible given his condition. He is loyal and kind. Most importantly, my little brother is brave. In the two years since his diagnosis I have never heard him complain, not even once. I know Jake struggles with his disease every day, but he chooses to suffer in silence. Life has dealt him a less than ideal hand, yet he continues to joke his way through the pain; pity is unacceptable to him. This disease prohibits Jake from doing the things that any 20 year old should rightfully be able to do, from living the life that he deserves.
I created this page because I wanted to tell all of you a little bit more about this kid that I have had the privelege of getting to know for the last 20 years. I want him to know how I see him, and hopefully, through your donations and comments, he will be able to see how highly all of you think of him, as well. I want him to have no doubt that his life is worth fighting for.
Pulmonary hypertension afflicts 15 in every 1 million people. Unfortunately, Jake is one of them. There is currently NO CURE for pulmonary hypertension, and the prognosis is less than favorable. I refuse to let this disease dictate and limit my brother's life, his dreams, his humor. I originally set my the fundraising goal at $1,000, but then I thought that Jake would find such a modest attempt simply unnacceptable. He'd want us to dream bigger. I know that with all of your support we can reach my new goal of $5,000. It may not buy him a new pair of lungs, but it can buy us hope.
Donations are greatly appreciated, but your words can be just as powerful. There should be a spot for comments on the donation page. I hope everyone will leave a message for Jake to help him get through his toughest days. My message for my little brother:
"Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
Forever Grateful for Your Help and Support,
Thank you for visiting my fundraising page!
Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts. All proceeds go to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association.
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