Jacob is a very sweet and kind boy who can sometimes be a bit reserved. Jacob loves Star Wars (the villains are his favorite) and LEGOⓇ sets. He owns more LEGOs than anyone can count, according to his mom.
He also enjoys reading, riding his bike, and playing at the park. He aspires to be a professional golfer one day!
When Jacob was five years old, he developed a fever after coming home from a family reunion. His family believed it was something he caught on the plane until it persisted for several more weeks. When his condition did not improve, Jacob visited the emergency room and was diagnosed with leukemia. Jacob immediately began a chemotherapy treatment and has been getting better and better! Currently, he is in the maintenance phase of his treatment and is due to be finished in a year and a half. He also does physical therapy twice a month and wears ankle braces to combat the side effects of his medication.
Jacob’s family waited until things had calmed down and Jacob was in better health before pursuing his wish. When Jacob found out there was a place completely dedicated to LEGOs, he knew this was where he had to go! Jacob’s wish to visit LegolandⓇ was all he could talk about for the next three months.
LegolandⓇ did not disappoint. Jacob loved going on the rides and the huge shopping spree he did in the LEGO shop. Jacob also got to visit Disneyland’s Hollywood StudiosⓇ and SeaworldⓇ, as well as stay at Give Kids the World VillageⓇ. He loved feeding the sharks and meeting all his favorite villains, like Darth Vadar and Kylo Ren. He even rode horses for the first time (which he loved) and was invited to hang out with the pilot in the cockpit during his flight home. “He loved being completely and totally spoiled for the week,” Jacob’s mom said. “It was awesome to have a vacation we otherwise never would be able to have.”
The trip was meaningful for Jacob’s family in many ways. “It gives you reason to believe that there’s going to be a ‘normal’,” Jacob’s mom shared. “To remember that we can do stuff like this.” Months later and Jacob is still talking about his trip. His mom says he is happier, more outgoing, and more excited about life.