Jake Botterbush was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) on February 13, 2016, after visiting the ER for flu-like symptoms that had persisted for a week. A quick diagnosis, and he was transferred to Barnes in St. Louis where he underwent intensive chemotherapy, and was hospitalized for over a month. This was very hard on Jake’s family, his wife, Elizabeth, and 2-year old daughter, Libby, who has challenges of her own with an under-active pituitary gland, requiring monthly blood tests in St. Louis. Libby’s condition makes it very difficult for her to tolerate heat, she is extremely small for her age, her speech is delayed, and she will require growth hormones, which have been denied by insurance. Jake’s parents are Tim, a retired Alton Police Sergeant, and Karen, a Special Ed Administrator with Alton School District.
Jake has endured monthly chemo treatments, followed by blood and platelet transfusions, including an intensive treatment he underwent on July 5th. Jake received the good news that a bone marrow donor had been located — an anonymous woman, to whom Jake and his family will be forever grateful. His stem cell transplant is scheduled for July 13, after which, he will continue to be hospitalized for 30 days, monitoring for infection, rejection, graft and host disease. Jake will then have to secure an apartment in St. Louis, as he needs to be close to the hospital for 100 days — he and his family currently live in Calhoun County, over 2 hours from the hospital.
Jake has been unable to work since his diagnosis, and will be unable to return to his former job in a meat packing company, due to his susceptibility to infection and disease. The financial strain of the mounting hospital bills for both Jake and Libby, on a single income, coupled with the fact that they just purchased their first home last fall - motivated friends and family to plan a benefit for Jake.
Event details:— Saturday, July 23rd, at Marquette High School in Alton, from 5:30 - 11pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12, and under 6 are free. Tickets can be purchased at Liberty Bank and The Salon of Papa Toodles in Alton, IL, or at the door. For more information, contact Karen at 618-792-9367.
Thank you in advance for your help promoting this community event for a wonderful young man and family!