Remembering Jake

About a year ago, I posted about my friend, Jake Rogers. Jake had cystic fibrosis and had just received a bilateral lung transplant and for the first time in a long time he could breath. A year later, and after a brave and courageous battle with rejection and infection, I am sorry to say that Jake passed away.

Jake was a huge inspiration in my life. He was encouraging and funny and wonderful. I am honored to have called him a friend. A few months after his transplant I was lucky enough to go with him on his first hike with his new lungs. We hiked the 5-mile trail out to Otter Falls. We talked about our lives, our loves, my writing, his art, and had a blast as a pair of inquisitive chipmunks crawled all over us. We talked about doing it more. It was a fantastic day, and it is a memory I hold dear.

I’m going to miss you, Jake. The world is a lesser place without you. Thank you for teaching me the value of a breath.

Jake Rogers, one of the best

Today he can breathe.

I want you to meet a hero of mine: my friend Jake Rogers. Jake has Cystic Fibrosis and it has taken it’s toll on him for years. For many people dealing with that sort of genetic disease would destroy them. However Jake has remained undaunted, his attitude positive, his nature humble, and through it all he has shown serious courage. He is an inspiration. Last week he finally got the call he had been waiting for and thank to a generous organ donor Jake was able to receive new lungs. The results have been amazing, and well…I’ll let Jake tell it in his own words (grab some tissue):

Next time you’re given the option please make the decision to be an organ donor. Click that link or find out what you need to do to register in your country or state. It’s a simple selfless act that can help give life to someone else.