Jared is an intelligent and social 17-year-old young man who loves football and wrestling, being with his family, enjoying the outdoors, and making people smile.
On June 18, 2018, when Jared was 12 years old, he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).
Jared was considered very high risk and was required to receive double the chemotherapy than that of a standard ALL patient.
During that first year, Jared had port surgery, lumbar punctures, MRIs, intense chemotherapy, and various medications. He spent weeks living at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House in Portland.
Jared responded well to treatment and even entered remission. He was able to start the five-year countdown that would ultimately declare him cancer-free. However, in June of 2023, the cancer returned.
Jared will once again undergo intense high-risk treatment for the next two years. His journey will include many visits to Portland and week-long treatments in the hospital in Medford.
This setback has been very devastating for Jared and his family, but they all are doing their best to stay positive, live in the moment, and find joy in the simple things.
Jared will be adopted as the Sparrow to South Medford High School. SMHS students will work hard to earn money for Jared through sponsored community service.