Honored Kid

Jack Speichert

Jack Speichert Kid Photo

Location

Omaha, NE, US

Diagnosis

Brain or spinal cord tumor

Date of Diagnosis

July 2014

Status

Angel

Treated At

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Children's Hospital & Medical Center, Nebraska

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My Story

Operation Super Jack has partnered with Children's Hospital and Medical Center to establish a safe zone in the Omaha Metro that will provide specialized urgent care treatment to all children with compromised immune systems; not only those with cancer but those who have had organ transplants, genetic disorders, or an array of  illnesses which weaken their immune systems. He was our superhero, he was our miracle, he was our son, and he will always be in our hearts. It seems like only yesterday that he made his grand entrance. I will always cherish that day. He was born 4 weeks early at just 4lbs 15oz but that never slowed him down. Even though he was little he always moved with lighting speed. If you didn't watch him closely... He gone! He was our buddy and spent a lot of individual time with Sarah and I over the years. Sarah had the day shift and I was the night guy. Sarah and I weren't together much during that time but Jack was always loved. She got him dressed, feed him, and spent a few hours with him before she went to work. I came home, feed him, give him his bath, and snuggled with him on the couch. Most nights we watched deadliest catch or fast and loud on tv. It's no wonder he loved cars, trucks, and boats so much. He loved being outdoors and spent a lot of time playing in the backyard. He enjoyed the water table, splashing in the baby pool, jumping on the trampoline, swinging, or just digging in the flower pots. There was always something to do and he found a way to stay busy. He loved crawling out the doggy door just to be outside.  We enjoyed traveling as a family and we went to some pretty cool places. In fact, there's a picture of Jack in front of the Eiffel Tower and somebody asked if that was the "real Eiffel Tower". It was and he was just 10 months old when we crossed the Atlantic Ocean. We also visited Spain and Italy that trip. Another time we took a cruise to The Bahamas, to St. Thomas, and to St. Marten. This year we added Jamaica to our adventures. Our memories and our adventures are priceless.  He loved being in control. It didn't matter whether it was a car, truck, boat, or tractor. He wanted to drive. I think it started last year when our parents got him his F150 truck. He would drive that truck around the parking lot forever if we let him. Then one day my dad gave him the keys to the minivan and it was on. He got so good at driving that we unlocked the high speed on his t, ruck and from that point on he didn't want to drive at low speed. Wherever we was going it had to be at high speed and he had to drive.   He loved chocolate milk, waffles, suckers, animal crackers, hersey kisses, loops, dillas, rice and beans, cheese, yogurt, raisins, popcorn, app sauce, fries, hot dogs, noodles, and Oreos. If he didn't like it he would say "yucky". If he liked it he'd say "mo". If you were really lucky he would even say "mo peeas". If you watched the video you may have noticed he's smiling in most of the pictures. That was our Super Jack and he fought hard. We couldn't be more proud of him!  The last year has been very special and he taught us many things...  1. Have Patience 2. Be Prepared  3. Live every moment  4. Travel the world  5. Don't be afraid  6. Have structure  7. Splash  8. Give everything  9. Don't take "No"  10. Kill them with kindness  11. Be persistent  12. Stand in the corner  13. Pick up your mess  14. Give back  15. Listen  16. Be thankful  17. Love  A friend said it best...This isn't goodbye... It's simply... See ya later!See ya be ya!Peace Homie!

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