Honored Kid

Jake Ingham

Jake Ingham Kid Photo


Chapel Hill, NC, US


Brain or spinal cord tumor

Date of Diagnosis

June 2002


Passed away

Treated At

Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center UNC Children's Hospital

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My Story

Jake Ingham, 17, of Chapel Hill, NC, passed away at his home on Sunday, February 17, 2019. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor in June 2002 and battled it valiantly for almost 17 years. Jake never met a stranger and spread an incredible amount of joy and love in a tragically short life. He was widely known as "Jake the Jokeman" and loved any opportunity to play games, tell jokes, or sing songs. Jake was a senior at East Chapel Hill High School and dreamed of one day becoming a "clown chef" in a restaurant of his own, which would fulfill his two passions of food and making people smile. He was always upbeat and optimistic, despite his many challenges, and consistently wished others an "extremely, absolutely fabulous day". Regardless of how he was feeling, he was deeply concerned about, and empathetic for, those around him. His joyous spirit will leave a legacy of happiness that will last well beyond his years.

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