Tuscon Medical Center
If you’re looking for adventure, just spend a few minutes with 13-year-old Jacob. He has peered over the edge of the Grand Canyon, taken in the striking view atop Seattle’s Space Needle, and witnessed Yellowstone’s Old Faithful geyser shoot for the sky. Traveling with his own entourage, complete with high-tech wheelchair and medical equipment, hasn’t slowed Jacob down. He whizzed down alpine slides, basked on sunny beaches, fished in mountain streams, and has never met a roller coaster he didn’t like.
Jacob’s passion for life has helped him prevail through a lifetime of medical challenges associated with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. The day he was born Jacob had his first two surgeries. Now 13 years later, he has been to the operating room more than 50 times—and will likely be back again. To monitor his ongoing medical issues, he has a whole team of doctors including a neurologist, urologist and pulmonologist.
When he isn’t on a family road trip, Jacob loves to challenge his friends to Wii games, whip up the latest Food Network recipe, and play flag football with his buddies at school.