Anyone who knew Jack quickly understood he was special. He was a special son and a fantastic big brother to four little sisters. Two of his greatest loves were Captain America and baseball, but beyond the above, Jack’s greatest love was God. As he endured round after round of treatment for brain cancer, Jack was steadfast in his faith, welcoming his next stage while calming those around him.
Jack’s undying belief was infectious to everyone around him and he has helped countless individuals and families feel closer to God as a result of his good work. We pray and hope that his strength can and will be felt by other families with children battling this terrible disease.
raised to help find a pediatric cancer cure
Community partners coming together over the years
local family beneficiaries supported through raised proceeds
After decades of little to no progress, researchers are now making new discoveries, almost on a monthly basis. We are having success and doing work that would not have been done without Catching Up With Jack.- Dr. Carl Koschmann, University of Michigan
We learned about Catching Up With Jack when our son was on the cancer floor at Toledo Hospital. He was given a fully loaded Kindle “Fires by Jack” to help him on his stay. Their support extended to us personally as we transitioned back home, without the help of Catching Up With Jack we may have not made it through this.- Dan, Toledo | OH
University of Michigan Precision Medicine Program
Accelerating Pace of DNA Sequencing for Highest Risk Brain Tumors
“Fires by Jack” Program
Critical Mechanisms of Gene Regulation
Rapid Molecular Testing of High Risk Pediatric Brain Tumors
Unraveling Medulloblastoma Biology by Proteomics
As a proud father I cannot imagine a better way to carry on my son’s legacy than to rally a community around families in need. More specifically to help other families on a similar journey know Jack’s story of trust and faith in our Lord. The work we have accomplished in a short time is extending and changing lives and for that I am grateful to serve and continue to try to catch up with Jack.
I feel so honored to be able to serve such a worthy cause. As Jack’s uncle, there is no greater joy to me than helping families going through what his family went through, and leaning on such an amazing community to walk beside and support our work. With as little federal funding as Childhood Cancer research receives, Catching Up With Jack is making a real difference – not only in the families that we help, but the research studies we fund in order to find treatments, and ultimately a cure.
As a long-time colleague of Brady and friend to the Fineske family, I saw first-hand the impact Jack made on those around him. I feel Jack came into my life for a reason, and his strength in his faith and courage are things I strive for every day and qualities I want to pass on to my own children. While Catching Up with Jack remembers the amazing life of Jack and that impact, it has grown into something we could never have imagined – our community comes together where we strengthen our faith, and at the same time, raise meaningful funds that go to the frontlines of battling pediatric cancer. That is to fund groundbreaking research, and to help local families battling this terrible disease. I am grateful and energized to be part of such an initiative.
Jack has had such an amazing impact on so many people, and as his sister, I am so grateful to witness how he has affected not just my own family, but also local families who battle with pediatric cancer. Being able to help other families who are on a similar journey, and to share Jack’s story of trust with them, has been a gift as we work as a community to support all those on the frontlines of the battle at hand. The support for Jack and his legacy of faith and love have created sources of help for many people, and I am honored to be a part of this team as we continue to reach out, serve others, and do our best to Catch Up With Jack.
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