Jake Perry III is an amazing young man. Even with all the difficulties he’s been through in life, he still smiles and does his best to achieve his goals. Jake was born with muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy, and throughout his daily struggles, he has never let it get in the way of being himself. He realized at a young age that he was different from other children. While his friends were able to skateboard and complete other activities Jake wished he could join, he instead found himself taking an interest in gaming.
He didn’t walk until he was 19 months old. Although he walked a lot slower than everyone else that didn’t stop him. Jake pushed himself, being determined to do the best he could in school and everyday life activities.
Life did not get any easier for Jake. While attending MDA summer camp he fell and broke his femur bone and was never able to walk again. Getting used to the fact that he could no longer walk and would be in a wheelchair forever was hard for him and mom to come to terms with. As if he has not been through enough, the summer before his senior year, Jake was diagnosed with gastro paresis. He was forced to be homeschooled. It was tough as the pandemic was already taking a toll on him. He was now being isolated from his friends and missing out on his senior year at school. However, Jake managed to keep focus and graduate early from high school. He eventually became accepting of his prognosis though and continued life as the strong-willed young man he is.
Jake struggles everyday with two neurological conditions fighting in his body and never knows what to expect on a day-to-day basis, but he chooses to live every day to the fullest with a big smile.
When presented with the idea of a wish, Jake knew immediately what he wanted. He wished for a dual monitor gaming PC. Children’s Wish Foundation provided Jake 2 monitors, a PC, keyboard, mouse, and a set of headphones. Jake will be gaming in style!
Jake very happy with his wish and thanked us a million times over. Mom said, “I truly want to thank you for the amazing gift that you have given my son”.