Jacob Moore’s life has not been without challenges, but with the help of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and his family’s positive attitude, Jacob is overcoming obstacles every day.
Born with Down syndrome and a heart defect, Jacob underwent his first open heart surgery at the Children’s Sibley Heart Center when he was just 7 weeks old. Since then, he has undergone more than 100 surgeries at Children’s, where he is well-known for his energetic, loving spirit.
The Moores’ lives changed forever Nov. 13, 2009, when doctors at Children’s diagnosed Jacob with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Jacob’s family was devastated, but they knew their son was in good hands at the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of Children’s. Jacob also received extensive treatment in the Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit (CIRU), where he spent more than five weeks relearning some of the basic skills—like walking—he had lost because of his leukemia.
The Moores consider Children’s a second home. Jacob visits more than 16 pediatric specialists and four therapists on a regular basis. The now 11-year-old still has more than a year of chemotherapy and other treatment to battle his leukemia, but his parents are grateful for the care they have received at Children’s.
“We can’t say enough good things about the staff at the Aflac Cancer Center who help to make our very difficult experiences easier,” Jacob’s mom, Heidi, said. “(This includes) everybody from the techs who take blood, the music therapists who help make the hospital fun, the nurses who go out of their way to show Jacob their love day after day, and the amazing doctors who stay up on the latest technology to make sure our children receive the best care. Words cannot express what we have been going through but we must say that we are overwhelmed by the amount of love, support and prayers we have received at Children’s.