By Alissa Jehl
The 6th annual Passion for Life run was held at 10 a.m. on March 23 in downtown Walled Lake (Bayside Sports Grille) to raise money for Jacob Pesta, an 8 year old boy who suffers from a very rare aggressive Thalamic Brain Tumor, and his family.
When Jacob was 5 years old, he fell and caused a concussion on the right side of his head. When he and his family went to get treatment for the concussion, the doctors found something odd. The MRI picked up that his right ventricle was 90% covered by a tumor and he was only a couple weeks away from having a seizure that could have easily killed him.
Jacob has gone through two craniotomies, emergency shunt surgery, proton beam radiation for 35 days, and 126 days of aggressive chemotherapy, all by the age of 8 years old.
The Passion for Life run raised money for research at U of M C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, the Pesta family, and the Passion for Life Organization.