Hundreds support Capital Region teen battling terminal cancer

April 15, 2018 08:12 PM

Jacob Monday says he ran out of data for his phone.

He's got typical teen problems. But Jacob Monday is anything but typical. The extraordinary 16-year-old is using humor to help him cope.


"I'm all about comedy,” he said.

His prognosis is nothing to laugh at. He has terminal bone cancer. Jacob made the decision recently to stop getting chemotherapy so he could spend his remaining days checking off items on his bucket list. Wednesday, he got to meet his hero, actor Chris Pratt. The Jurassic World star surprised Jacob and hung out with him at a hotel in New York City.

"Very, very awesome. It's like a dream. Definitely like a dream,” Jacob said.

The pain in Jacob's left wrist is a constant reminder that the dream will not end well.

"With Jacob, things are progressing very quickly with his cancer,” said Barbara Williams, his mother.

Instead of dwelling on his future, Jacob enjoys the present. He makes jokes about it to make others and himself feel better.

"If I didn't have the jokes, I'd definitely go insane. Or depression. The jokes keep me alive,” Jacob said.

More than 800 people came out Sunday to have pancakes and raise money for Jacob and his family so he can enjoy the time he has left.

"Some of them are here for the pancakes. I mean, who doesn't love breakfast?” Jacob said.

When he gets serious for a moment, he thanks the people, many of them complete strangers, who are helping him. And he talks about the decision to stop treatment.

"It's not something you choose lightly,” he said.

Saying it made him sick, it only had a slight chance of stopping the cancer, and he hates needles.

As the cancer spreads, there's a lot more Jacob wants to see and do – swim with turtles, snorkel, visit Universal Studios and meet Ellen DeGeneres.

And in typical teen fashion, he'd like to get more followers on Instagram. He figures he has a year or two before his story ends.

He hopes there’s a lot more yet to happen before then. And we do too.



WNYT Staff

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