Jack Stanley Podkaminer gained his angel wings just 12 days short of his third birthday, after a 10 month battle with embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma (ERMS). Jack was diagnosed in late April 2013, and was incredibly brave and tough through his treatments. Chemotherapy started on April 25, 2013, at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and more than two months were spent in Boston for chemotherapy and proton beam radiation at Massachusetts General Hospital. Jack had excellent scans in September 2013 after radiation had been completed. But during his next round of scans on December 17, 2013, it was discovered that his cancer had relapsed in the primary site behind his throat and metastasized to his brain. Jack continued to fight, as a few different chemotherapy protocols were attempted. Jack passed away in his parents arms, surrounded by close family and friends on February 6, 2014. Jack was such a strong and courageous fighter. He is especially missed by his parents Becky and Josh, his big brother Witt, and little sister Ellison. He will forever be loved and remembered by all who were touched by his presence.
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