On his 28th birthday this past December 14th, one of my oldest and closest friends, Jacob Bruggman (pictured here
, to my right), was officially diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, a form of cancer which attacks the immune system via the lymph nodes. Unfortunately, this is a tragic misstep on Cancer's part, as Jake has no intention of spending the rest of his life with her.
Jake is a local Seattle musician
, exceptional vegetarian cook, lover of postmodern literature and a full-time sexy beast, so it's perfectly understandable to me why Cancer would want to get deep within him and never let go. Hell, ask any of Jake's friends and acquaintances (female or otherwise) and they will doubtlessly tell you they've either been shut down or had to stop themselves from trying the same thing on more than one occasion. But the hard truth is that where his personal biological functions are concerned, Jake is a decidedly staunch conservative - he just will not abide any parasitic freeloaders at the cellular level.
According to a 2011 study by Duke University
, the average patient's out-of-pocket expenses for cancer care run about $1,266, even with insurance. Jake's chemotherapy treatment is tentatively expected to run about six months, during which he'll be living on disability at a reduced income. In an effort to be prepared for any unforeseen additional costs (such as hospital stays should he contract further illness as a result of his weakened immune system), we're hoping to raise $15,000 in order to help him make ends meet. Any surplus remaining after the cost of his treatment and supplemental living expenses will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphona Society
This page will be continually updated as more information about Jake's condition and expected treatment is made available.
I'd like to extend my sincere thanks in advance to each charitable soul for anything they're able to contribute to The Foundation For A Better Jake. This man, with his dark sense of humor, emotional and intellectual insights and impeccable taste in music is very important to me, and very probably to every other person able to overcome the passionate jealously his raw sexuality and keen intellect rightfully induces.
Resharing this page across your various social media accounts is essential to helping us meet our goal. Whether you're able to donate or not, we very much appreciate any exposure you're able to bring to our cause.
Let's all pitch in to help Jake sleep with Cancer and never call her back.