"Sucks" is a word I rarely use but in this case I'll make a rare exception!
I had the honor of meeting Jack Bartosz and family at the Milwaukee Wave / MACC Fund - Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer Game in 2011.
Jack was diagnosed with Stage 4, high-risk neuroblastoma in September 2005 after a tumor was found on his adrenal gland.
Sadly, he passed away yesterday.
You can read more about Jack's story at www.ibackjack.org.
I go back to that March 2011 Milwaukee Wave game and remember meeting him.
He was a spunky little man, creator of the MACC Fund Star and so excited to meet AND take the field with Green Bay Packers QB / Super Bowl Champion Aaron Rodgers.
I'll never forget that smile...
Please keep the Bartosz family in your thoughts and prayers.
Here is a statement from the family....
It is with heaviest of hearts that we write to tell you that Jack found his ultimate cure yesterday afternoon. Our amazing boy left his tired body so his soul could soar free. As we grieve for the loss of our beloved Jack we also remember Jack’s personality, humor, sensitivity and heroism. We are thankful he is at peace yet are missing him so desperately.
It is with heartfelt gratitude that we thank everyone who has supported Jack and our family throughout his courageous fight with neuroblastoma. We are touched and inspired by the sheer number of people who backed Jack, including you the media. Jack touched so many lives, but none greater than that of his loving family.
Our life suffered a dramatic, cruel twist with Jack’s cancer diagnosis nearly seven years ago. When we started the I Back Jack Foundation we knew that regardless of Jack’s outcome we would remain determined to ensuring Jack’s story would result in a happy ending for children unfairly chosen to battle cancer. Jack will always fuel us and inspire us to do more as we continue to raise funds for pediatric cancer research.
While our time with Jack on earth has ended we know that we have a great love that will never be erased. We appreciate your prayers, your support, and your ongoing backing of Jack.
Missing our boy,
John, Sarah and Annie
VIDEO: Sunday, March 13th, 2011 | Aaron Rodgers Shows Up To Help Cause, Make Dreams Come True at Milwaukee Wave game...click here.
READ: Aaron Rodgers remembers Jack Bartosz...click here.