Jared

Jared Kemmerer is soft spoken, caring and loving 15 year old teenager. He lives in Cumming with his Dad, step-mom and extended family. Some of Jared’s favorite things to do are riding his four-wheeler, playing basketball, air soft and video games. This past June, Jared began to experience severe chest pain and shortness of breath and after x-rays at North Fulton Hospital was Life Flighted to Egleston Children’s Hospital. The doctors at Egleston informed Jared’s family that they discovered a large mass in Jared’s chest cavity almost the size of a football. Jared would need surgery to remove the tumor that was pressing on his airway and affecting almost every organ in his chest. Although the doctors suspected the tumor was benign, after 4 1/2 hours of surgery, Jared’s mass was diagnosed as a malignant germ cell tumor.

Since July, Jared has undergone chemotherapy to eliminate any remaining cancer cells in his body and he is now on his fourth round of chemotherapy. Jared has really shown a remarkable spirit. We are hopeful Jared will complete his treatments in October but he will still require frequent x-rays, CT scans and blood tests to ensure that the cancer has been eliminated. Though all the surgeries and chemotherapy treatments have been very difficult for Jared; his doctors, nurses, family and friends have been amazed at how Jared has handled this challenge in his life.

We are all praying that after the treatments are completed the cancer will be gone forever. Should you have the opportunity to meet Jared, you will see just how caring and loving he is and what strength of character this young man really has. Jared’s wish is to take a Caribbean Cruise with his family after missing their summer vacation due to his sudden diagnosis and treatments this past summer.