Jacob is 18 years old, a senior at Bellevue Christian School and has been accepted into Stanford University for Fall, 2017. He was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF) at birth. Jake has had several sinus surgeries and hospital stays for IV antibiotics to fight lung infections. Despite all of this, and spending about two hours each day on routine medical treatments, he is a very accomplished young man.
Jacob achieved the esteemed rank of Eagle Scout at the young age of 15 and went on many camp outs, hikes, summer camps, and adventures to earn his merit badges. He went to Philmont Scout Ranch for a 10 day, high desert, "extreme" backpacking trip and did the 145 mile Seattle to Vancouver BC RSVP bicycle race. Jake also likes technology and has been on a competitive Robotics Team for FIRST for four years; his team made it to finals at the World competition in 2017.
Jacob enjoys helping others and can often be found tutoring a classmate in chemistry or math. He went to Mexico in 2015 to build houses for the poor. He volunteers weekly at a hospice for elderly people with mental disorders. And Jacob enjoys reaching out to parents of children with CF through public speaking.
Jacob is an excellent student, excelling in math and science and making straight A's even with a heavy load of Honors and AP classes. He is busy preparing for a career in medicine and intends to major in Biomedical Computation at Stanford and then go on to medical school.
In summer of 2016, Jacob was selected for a very competitive internship at the Fred Hutchison Cancer Center in Seattle where he worked with researchers in the lab. "The Hutch" has an international reputation for its pioneering research in biological sciences, bone marrow and stem cell transplantation, cancer prevention, epidemiology, and biostatistics. For summer 2017, Jacob will be a lead intern working with the Olson lab on pediatric brain cancer research.
For sports, Jake has played basketball, wrestling and just finished another season of field and track. He also works out at the school weight room regularly and attends a weekly Bible study with his buddies. As busy as he is, he takes good care of himself and makes his health a priority. Jacob's message is: "Just do it!"