Who is Jack?
Jack Bartosz, born October 4, 2001, lived in Hartland, Wisconsin. Jack and his twin sister Annie were happy, healthy children until Jack was diagnosed with Stage IV, high-risk neuroblastoma in September 2005 after a tumor, found on his adrenal gland, was discovered to have metastasized to his bones and bone marrow. Jack successfully battled through initial treatments that included high-dose chemotherapy, surgery, radiation, and immunotherapy that took Jack and his family from Wisconsin to New York. By Summer 2006, Jack and his family were effectively on the road back to a "normal" life.
Unfortunately, as is the case for most children with high-risk neuroblastoma, Jack's disease relapsed in May 2007; chemotherapy, radiation and immunotherapy once again returned Jack to stable health. Despite a variety of treatment protocols aimed at keeping his disease in remission, routine testing confirmed a second relapse in 2008 forcing Jack to continue his battle. Subsequent relapses in 2009, 2010 and 2011 forced Jack and his family to travel the country in pursuit of new treatment options.
Jack heroically battled cancer for more than 6 years and 11 months finding his ultimate cure in heaven on August 27, 2012.
The relentless pursuit for a cure leads the I Back Jack Foundation to back research, build hope and beat cancer.