Jacob Paul Baker
December 5, 2011 – October 7, 2014
Jacob Paul Baker lived life to the fullest in his short time on Earth. He lived in Kalamazoo, Michigan where he enjoyed watching motorcycles, airplanes, and boats. Shortly before his first Halloween, Jacob was diagnosed with a one-in-a-million liver cancer – Hepatoblastoma. Instead of wearing his first Halloween costume, Jacob was in treatment at Bronson Children’s Hospital. He started chemotherapy and in January 2013 he had a liver resection surgery at Mott’s Children’s Hospital at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He was full of smiles even one day after waking up from having more than half of his liver removed. He couldn’t wait to ride in a wagon down the hall of the hospital. This amazing boy hardly ever complained!
Jacob loved Toy Story and his hero was Buzz Lightyear. One of his first words was “Buzz!” He also loved to watch Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc., and Curious George. Jacob’s favorite thing to do was go outside. He liked walks, climbing up play structures, and looking for motorbikes. He learned to say, “I love you,” “bike” “C’mon,” “lay down,” and, of course, “Woody” and “Jessie,” among many other words. He also said “Owie,” and “Yucky,” too many times for a little boy.
After his liver resection and more chemotherapy, Jacob lived a pretty normal life for a cancer kiddo. He was able to attend daycare for months during his remission and because he was an only child at home, he loved being with other kids and playing games. Unfortunately, the cancer was Stage 4 at diagnosis and it eventually returned in April 2014. Jacob spent his last summer trying different treatments and having fun. He went on a Make A Wish trip to Give Kids the World at Disney World in Florida in September 2014. At a final party in his honor, Jacob dressed as Woody from Toy Story and told all of the family that had gathered that he loved them. He was the star of the show.
Jacob passed away at home surrounded by family on October 7, 2014. He looked like a porcelain doll. He was dressed in a superman outfit and left the house for the last time with his favorite blanket and Buzz Lightyear by his side. He was 2 years, 10 months, and two days old. Every single one of those days was filled with love, silly smiles, and play. He will be forever missed and he is always loved! To Infinity and BEYOND!
Ann – Jacob’s mom