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Jesse’s Timeline

  • September 26, 1994: born in Miami, Florida
  • 1994-2011: lived in Florida, Colorado, Minnesota, N. Carolina, Michigan
  • June 21, 2011: moved to Fenton, Michigan
  • December 7, 2011: Diagnosed with Leukemia ALL, Positive Philadelphia Chromosome
  • December 8, 2011: Started 1st regimen of chemotherapy
  • January 1st week: Suffered 2 Grand Mal seizures
  • January 11, 2012: 2nd regimen of chemo
  • January 27, 2012: UofM BoneMarrowTransplant consult = 6 perfect matches!!
  • January 30, 2012: Remission!! 
  • January 31, 2012: 3rd regimen of chemo =  Chemo toxicity
  • February 7, 2012: Survival Flight to U of M, admitted to Adult Intensive Care Unit
  • February 22, 2012: Transferred to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • March 4, 2012: Transferred to the 7th floor-Hematology/Oncology
  • April 25, 2012: Discharged home with neurological damage – outpatient physical, occupational & speech therapies, 3 days a week, over 3 hrs a day
  • June 5, 2012: NO LONGER in Remission & re-admitted
  • June 7, 2012: 4th regimen of chemo = unsuccessful
  • July 6, 2012: 5th regimen of experimental oral chemo
  • August 6, 2012: Remission!! only 4% leukemic cells, Ponatinib continued
  • September 25: Bone marrow biopsy results…NO LONGER in Remission
  • October 9, 2012: Emergency Room visit right arm infection ~ admitted
  • October 10, 2012: Discharged, lab test results ~ leukemia spread to the bloodstream
  • October 19, 2012: Emergency Room visit fevers 103-105 degrees ~ admitted
  • October 20-November 7th: Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Neostar infection
  • October 25, 2012: Bone marrow biopsy~ leukemia spread to his spinal fluid >38%
  • October 26, 2012: 6th regimen of chemo for AML induction phase
  • November 16th: Refused anymore chemotherapy & requested to go home to Hospice care
  • Celebrated Life with family & friends for the next 3 1/2 months
  • Jesse went to Heaven…March 6, 2013


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  1. christy rush / Dec 17 2011 12:33 pm

    I am so sorry to hear this. I met the 3 of you when we went on a bike trip to Michigan. I met u and ur two kids. I could tell they were both very special kids. Your prayers are with you.


  2. Marjorie Clayton / Dec 18 2011 5:02 pm

    God loves you dearly, as we all do. You and your family are in His hands.
    I have had cancer with chemo therapy; I lost all of my hair! I have had heart failure from the chemo.
    But I know that God is Sovereign over all things- even bad things such as I have experienced, but He has promised never to leave those who trust in God, His Son- Jesus Christ, and listen to His Holy Spirit as He calls us to trust and believe that Jesus’ sacrificial death paid for the sinfulness- that I still experience.
    Right now I am suffering severe depression, but God is still in sovereign. Whether I am in this body or absent from it, I am HIS!
    Be strong! Trust in the Trinity (Who IS God in three persons.)
    I would love to hear from any of you at any time, IF you want.
    God loves you!


  3. Liz Wilson / Dec 23 2011 6:44 am

    Good morning, Jesse~

    You’ve heard of internet “lurkers” –well, I guess I’m a prayer “lurker.” I’ve been praying for you, night and day, whenever the Lord brings you to mind, but haven’t contacted you. Dee Dee just emailed me this website. One of the things I prayed the other day was that God would bring someone else going through this across your path. It was neat to read that direct answer to prayer!

    We serve an awesome God whose thoughts and plans are so much greater than our own. The bulk of our eternal lives are not spent on this earth, and this brief time we spend here is the ONLY opportunity we get to do anything hard in faith for God. (In heaven we will see Him face to face and won’t have to trust or overcome fear and pain.)

    One of Satan’s biggest lies is that going through hard times means that God doesn’t love you. When God gives you the unexpected–like when Emily was born–it’s because He is gifting us with an opportunity to love Him by showing all the angels (good and bad) that 1) we trust Him to always be Immanuel (God With Us), 2) we know He is good and His thoughts and plans for us are good no matter what the situation looks like, and 3) we offer Him–with Jesus’ help–a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. According to scripture, these thoughts and actions are turned into crowns that we get to lay at Jesus’ feet one day.

    So since you have been entrusted with a spiritual warrior’s task, I am praying for you to quickly become a Jesus MAN–to find one 5-word phrase of scripture each day to hang on to and repeat over and over back to your Lord when things get tough. I read that was what some tortured Chinese Christians did; they didn’t have a Bible, but a passing preacher would print a piece of scripture on the bottom of a rock for them to find when he came through each month. That one phrase would sustain them for weeks as they meditated on it and lived its truth.

    “His mercies are new every morning.” May you find every one of them, Jesse. In His love, Liz Wilson


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  4. MacBeth / Jan 4 2012 11:47 pm

    Great blog…
    Actually my first blog!
    Think Maui, Pray, Vision yourself on the pitcher mound. Be STRONG…
    Love you,


  5. trueitt henderson / Feb 11 2012 8:40 pm

    jesse! im friends with your sister and i remember you when you went to RCS and i miss yall man, and ive been reading all of this stuff about you and im sorry. but you have to be strong and dont ever forget how much everybody loves you! I am going to also show my mama this page and trust me my family is praying for yall. 😉 ive been worried about you too, everytime i talk to your sister i ask about you and how you have been doing, she might have told you some things about me haha we used to hang out in 8th grade, but anyway you are in my prayers and just hang in there man. I am going to tell my church and get them to put you on the prayer list too. 🙂


  6. Susan johnston & aunt maxine / Feb 16 2012 7:30 pm

    hello jessse this is susan and maxine the relatives you visited in cumming georgia about 3 or 4 years ago. I spoke with your grandmother angela tonight and ken sent me your mother’s blog address. we have been keeping up with all of your progress through angela and we were so happy to know ingrid has this blog. we think of you everyday and pray for you everyday and love you so very much. you will never know how much it meant to us & to aunt margaret when you and your family came to visit us when we lived in cumming georgia. seeing your photos on this blog was wonderful did you know that you look like your great grandfather will joe? you are a very handsome young man. you are also a very brave and courageous and strong young man. as your dad said you will win this!! I am still going to make a family cookbook so when you have recovered enough to even think of your favorite recipes we will include any and all of them and our family cookbook!
    we love you and all of your family dearly take care


  7. Kirk Yancey / Mar 5 2012 9:49 am

    Jesse, when I first met you in the fourth grade, I always knew that we would be friends for as long as we lived on this Earth. I constantly pray for you and the rest of your family to be strong through this tough time. You are a trooper and always will be. I hope that you and your family take care up there in Michigan.
    -with much love, Kirk Yancey and family.


  8. annette / Mar 6 2012 8:31 pm

    Jesse, Im Charlotte Smiths mom and remember so clearly you spending time with us on her 16th birthday. My littlest one (caylee) loves you and remembers so clearly how you took up time with her:) Im sorry for what you are going through but you and your family are in our prayers. love, annette


  9. Barrett / Mar 8 2012 4:00 pm

    Thinking about you, Jesse. There is power in prayer & with God there is NOTHING that you can’t overcome. Keep your head up, be strong, & keep smiling.

    Much love, Barrett. ❤


  10. Tiffany Young / Mar 10 2012 8:27 pm

    hey jesse just wanted to see how you were? miss u and praying for you! 🙂


  11. Evie Garner / Mar 16 2012 7:50 pm

    Jesse, I remember saying hi to you at church and always you were a gentlemen with a polite attitude and great smile.. The year I taught at RCS you and Savannah were always visible in the halls. Listen, there is no way I can fully understand what you are going through, but I do know …. Our Lord loves you and longs to show you His power and give you His peace. Will pray continually for your healing through a bone marrow transplant, None of this is possible without God’s wisdom to work His miracle. Believe, Jesse, just keep believing. His attention to your needs and His love will overwhelm you…


  12. Amber McPheeters / May 3 2012 12:11 pm

    “Never Stop Fighting” Are my words of widson Jesse. I live by them everyday. I too was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer 6yrs ago and went through several rounds of chemo (nothing like being intensionally posioned). My case doesn’t even start to compare to the aggressive treatment you have endured on this crazy journey. I sent home with your dad my angel wings sticker that a customer gave to me when I was sick. It saids “Angels Watching Over Me”. I now wanted to pass my angels on to you:)


  13. Wanda Jones / May 9 2012 10:01 pm

    Hey Jesse– You probably don’t remember me, I am Rachel’s mom. Just wanted to let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers daily. Keep up the great work, we are so proud of you and the progress that you have! Love In Christ, The Jones Family–Chuck,Wanda, Rachel and Andrew


  14. Joanne Czarnota / Jun 16 2012 5:59 pm

    We’re praying for you Jesse! Be strong! We know u are going to beat this!


  15. sheri / Oct 24 2012 4:33 pm

    Praying and believing for your miracle today


  16. Connie Ferguson / Oct 25 2012 12:20 pm

    Praying and believing for a miracle!


  17. Tanya Hayes / Nov 16 2012 9:39 am

    Sending prayers your way! Be strong Jesse..


  18. Michele / Nov 16 2012 9:51 am

    Hang in there Jesse! Prayers for you and your family!


  19. Tesa Craig / Nov 16 2012 9:53 am

    I follow team Lane on Facebook and they where telling your story. I will kee you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. May la his hand apon you and heal you.


  20. Cathy / Nov 16 2012 10:13 am

    Jesse-I am a cancer survivor. I have been cancer free 3 years against great odds. I was diagnosed with a rare cancer, bile duct cancer. I was perfectly healthy on July 30, 2008 just itchy and on July 31, 2008 I was told I had 6-8 months to live, my only HOPE was a clinical trial involving a liver transplant!!! WOW!! I did chemo, chemo pump & radiation and oral chemo while waiting for a liver. I recieved my “first” transplant May 24,2009. I woke on July 4, 2009 vomitting blood and put on life support because my hepatic artery haad ruputured. I was given 24 hours, maybe, to find another liver!! I was in a coma for 3 weeks and the hospital for months. I learned to walk, talk, read… all over again. There is HOPE and MIRACLES!!!
    I share my story to honor my donors and to tell us cancer buddies there is HOPE against all the odds. I am alive because of God, 2 strangers, and Dr. William Chapman at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis MO.
    Lots of prayers for miracles-Cathy Dunnagan
    PS-I have an article about my journey that my local paper did at


  21. Jenny Muhammad / Nov 16 2012 10:32 am

    Hi Jesse! Team Lane shared your page! I am stopping by to just say hello from Nashville! Praying for you and sending big HUGS to you and your family.


  22. Scottie / Nov 16 2012 10:34 am

    Add me to your list of prayer warriors Jesse and family. I’m a mom of three boys, the youngest is Jesse Scott 🙂 Be strong and try to stay in your “happy place”. Prayers……..


  23. Theresa / Nov 16 2012 10:36 am

    Sending prayers and strength form Long Island, NY. Wishing you a complete recovery. God bless!


  24. Nichole / Nov 16 2012 11:50 am

    I am part of Team Lane and just read your story. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you Jesse! Fight on! Praying for a miracle in Ohio ❤ God Bless


  25. Dani / Nov 16 2012 1:06 pm

    Another member of Team Lane stopping by to let you know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. ❤


  26. Binky / Nov 16 2012 5:31 pm

    Prayers from team Lane.


  27. Annie / Nov 16 2012 7:09 pm

    Hi Jesse, Annie from Singapore. I got to know you from Team Lane. Be strong Jesse, many are behind you. Most importantly, God is definitely with you. God bless you. Prayers for you….


  28. Kathy Lewis / Nov 16 2012 11:33 pm

    Team Lane sent me over. Praying hard for you. I will add you to my church’s prayer list this Sunday. Sending hugs from Southern California. –Kathy Lewis


  29. Sherrie / Nov 16 2012 11:38 pm

    Hi Jesse, I came to your page from TeamLane. I am praying for you and your family. God bless you, he will never leave you!


  30. Powelll Family / Nov 20 2012 7:57 am

    Hi Jesse, Our whole family, including grandkids, Hayden & Carly Ruth will be keeping you & your whole family in our prayers. Keep your chin up, pray and get better! I know you will.
    Powells in NC


  31. Tim, Julie, Cameron / Nov 27 2012 6:42 pm

    You are in our thoughts and prayers daily.
    Let go and let God…..
    The Richardsons in Roxboro


  32. PJ, Jen and Family / Mar 8 2013 10:31 am

    God Bless your family our prayers have been sent…Justus Family Castle Rock, CO


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