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Missouri Local Grants Young Cancer Patient’s Last Wishes

September 13, 2012 – Thirteen-year-old Will Jacobs has a rare form of aggressive brain cancer called Glioblastoma Multiforme, and only has about one month to live, according to doctors.

When a family friend told Kirksville, MO Local 2952 members that Will wanted to be a fire fighter when he grew up, the fire fighters invited him to be a fire fighter for a day.

“Will is an exceptional kid, so we were happy to do anything to help him and his family,” says Local 2952 President Jeremy Davis. “We had a great time showing him what it’s like to be a fire fighter.”

At the firehouse, Will was made an honorary fire fighter and took a tour of the station, rode in a fire truck and was lifted into the aerial truck’s bucket. Local 2952 members also gave him a badge, helmet and shirt patches.

Will, who is one of eight children, underwent surgery to remove the tumor in August 2011. It was malignant. At the time, doctors said that he had less than a year left.

Visit Will’s Facebook page for the latest news on his condition.


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