We gain strength from all of [your] thoughts, prayers and support.

Help Jace Fight His Battle

One-year-old Jace Knoell was diagnosed with a neuroblastoma tumor in his abdomen in September 2013. Since his diagnosis, he has spent many nights in the hospital, having chemotherapy and getting ready for a bone marrow transplant in January. Jace’s family needs help paying medical bills so they can stay by his side while he fights his battle with cancer.

Jace comes from a lively household in Fremont, Nebraska where he lives with his parents, Jeremy and Jess, and his three older siblings, Emerson, Gage, and Hudson. Jace adores his older siblings and always flashes his wide, toothy grin when they walk into the room. Since Jace’s first birthday in July, that precious grin didn’t seem to be showing up quite as often. He seemed fussier than usual and kept running a fever. This prompted a visit to his pediatrician where an ultrasound showed a tumor in his abdomen.

Jace was immediately taken to Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha. After numerous tests, Jace was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare type of cancer that is found in young children. The tumor encases his main arteries and blood vessels and the stage 4 cancer has also spread to some of his bones. Treatment will take the next 15 months to complete. Jace faces continued chemo treatments, a bone marrow transplant, surgery to remove the tumor, radiation and immunotherapy. “Our days are still unpredictable and we cannot wait for more clarity as to how our schedule will look if and when we see some results from his chemo cycles,” said Jess.

Life has turned upside-down for the Knoell family since Jace’s diagnosis. Jess has been spending the long days and nights at the hospital with Jace and hasn’t been able to return to work. Jeremy continues to work full time while juggling the duties of being the only parent at home. Loss of income, extra fuel expenses and mounting medical bills are only part of the battle that the family now faces. “As we face Jace’s journey,” said Jess, “we gain strength from all of [your] thoughts, prayers and support.”

Amidst the struggles of battling cancer, there are glimpses of Jace being himself and even some of those adorable grins now and then. He raises his arm in an attempt to be helpful when the nurses approach him to take his blood pressure and enjoys the days when he can take a wagon ride outside of his hospital room.

Meeting their Red Basket goal of $10,000 would let Jess and Jeremy stay by Jace’s side without worrying so much about the work they are missing. Your donations will cover lost wages, gas to and from the hospital, medical bills and other expenses. With three older siblings, Jace knows how to pick his battles. Cancer is one battle that Jace did not choose, but it is one that we can all help him fight!

Photos and Videos:
  • Jace "helping" in the kitchen!
  • Jace with his siblings
  • Jace with Santa and his cousins
  • Join the fun February 1st!
  • Happy 2nd Birthday!
  • Jace with older brother Hudson
  • Spring time fun is exhausting!
  • Jace with older sister Emerson

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  • donna asked:

    Q: My name is Donna Jantzen, I do the Blanket Outreach Program for The Kyrie Foundation. I make and donate personalized fleece blankets to children with cancer. I was unsure how to contact you, but I would love to make a blanket to send to Jace. If you need more information, please check our website, KyrieFoundation.org or our Kyrie Foundation Facebook page. If you have any questions, please email me at donna@kyriefoundation.org, I just need your permission and an address. Thanks, Donna

    A: Donna, A blanket would be wonderful! I will email you all the information you need! Thank you!

    - Stacey Lichtenberg November 12, 2013

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  • Libby Headid

    Prayers from the Headid Family

    -Libby Headid December 23, 2013

  • Kara

    Praying for you, little buddy!

    -Kara December 22, 2013

  • Teri and Jim Bliven

    Jeremy, Jess and the WHOLE Knoell clan…all our love and prayers coming your way. If there is anything else we can do, just call! Teri and Jim

    -Teri and Jim Bliven December 19, 2013

  • LP

    Praying for little Jace!

    -LP December 19, 2013

  • Anonymous

    Keep Fighting Knoells...God Bless

    -Anonymous December 19, 2013

  • J<K

    Go get em Jace!! Merry Christmas!

    -J<K December 11, 2013

  • Andy & Susan (Klitz) Roberts

    Praying for Jace and his entire family. May you all have a Merry Christmas and blessed New Year!

    -Andy & Susan (Klitz) Roberts December 9, 2013

  • Deanne (Klitz) Stieb Family

    Jace keep up the strong fight. You and your family are in our prayers daily.

    -Deanne (Klitz) Stieb Family December 6, 2013

  • Jody and Lisa

    Jace and your family have been in our thoughts and prayers.

    -Jody and Lisa December 5, 2013

  • Allison Sambol

    At 1 years old, you've shown more courage than most adults. Keep fighting Little Man!

    -Allison Sambol December 3, 2013

  • Chris & Jina Paul

    We celebrate each milestone along the way and continue to pray for days ahead. Sending love and prayers. Chris & Jina

    -Chris & Jina Paul December 1, 2013

  • Sonday Family

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Jace and your family! Happy Thanksgiving

    -Sonday Family November 26, 2013

  • The Mlnarik Law Group, Inc.

    Jess, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Jace will survive with your love and support! Happy Thanksgiving

    -The Mlnarik Law Group, Inc. November 25, 2013

  • The Schrages

    Praying for strength to get to the finish line! Hugs and Kisses

    -The Schrages November 22, 2013

  • Kelley

    Prayers for you Jace, keep fighting!

    -Kelley November 22, 2013

  • Rhonda Carlson

    Keeping little Jace and family in my thoughts and prayers.

    -Rhonda Carlson November 19, 2013

  • Rhonda Carlson

    Keeping little Jace and family in my prayers.

    -Rhonda Carlson November 19, 2013

  • Vanessa

    Jace, you are an amazing little boy! Keep strong, my prayers are with you!

    -Vanessa November 14, 2013

  • Scott Darling

    Looking for Jace to win this fight!

    -Scott Darling November 14, 2013

  • Adam and Sarah Monke

    Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

    -Adam and Sarah Monke November 14, 2013

  • Paul & Holly Brown

    May God strengthen you all and give you peace as you seek help for your little boy. We're praying for you.

    -Paul & Holly Brown November 13, 2013

  • Colleen M

    Thinking of you Jace! Hope you had a smooth procedure yesterday.

    -Colleen M November 13, 2013

  • Jared & RaeAnn Knoell

    Stay strong guys! We love you and pray for Jace daily.

    -Jared & RaeAnn Knoell November 12, 2013

  • Erin Nahorny

    Jace and family, Our son Sammy was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma in July of 2012. (Sammy's Superheroes on Facebook) One of our FB supporters, alerted us to your family's fight. We live in Columbus, NE. Please contact us if you would like to talk or if we can help in any way!

    -Erin Nahorny November 12, 2013

  • Erin Nahorny

    Hello Jace and family! Our Sammy is also fighting Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. We heard about your fight from a supporter on Sammy's Superheroes facebook page. We are sending strength, hope and prayers your way. If we can help in any way, please contact us through our FB page. :)

    -Erin Nahorny November 12, 2013

  • Ken & Jan

    Stay strong!

    -Ken & Jan November 12, 2013

  • Judy & Skip Sawyer

    Think of you everyday! Stay strong.

    -Judy & Skip Sawyer November 12, 2013

  • Jeff and Stephanie Wiese

    Lots of prayers being said to Jace and your family!

    -Jeff and Stephanie Wiese November 12, 2013

  • Jim and Nancy Lichtenberg

    Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you and your family. We love you all.

    -Jim and Nancy Lichtenberg November 11, 2013

  • Oliver & Linda Privett

    Beyond ever cloud, there is a rainbow. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you.

    -Oliver & Linda Privett November 8, 2013

  • Brian and Tierney Schmidt

    Praying you Baby Jace!! My thoughts and prayers are with you!!

    -Brian and Tierney Schmidt November 8, 2013

  • Deb Dressen George

    I am an old friend on Denise/Ryan Mlnarik and wanted to donate to help with Jace. Prayers sent your way.

    -Deb Dressen George November 8, 2013

  • Steve and Marsha Hull

    You are in our thoughts and prayers

    -Steve and Marsha Hull November 8, 2013

  • Sara Emanuel-Lierman

    Sending prayers for a speedy recovery!

    -Sara Emanuel-Lierman November 8, 2013

  • Steve and Marsha Hull

    You are in out thoughts and prayers

    -Steve and Marsha Hull November 8, 2013

  • The Matuszewski's

    Let God Hold you in his arms and carry you through this trial

    -The Matuszewski's November 8, 2013

  • Ryan and Angela Ross

    We are thinking of you and praying for baby Jace!

    -Ryan and Angela Ross November 8, 2013

  • Brian and Shannon Hull

    Thinking and praying each day for all of you!!

    -Brian and Shannon Hull November 7, 2013

  • Craig & Angie Nemechek

    Our family is thinking and praying for Jace's recovery.

    -Craig & Angie Nemechek November 7, 2013

  • Christy Plambeck

    Sending prayers to your family!

    -Christy Plambeck November 7, 2013

  • Anonymous

    Prayers and Blessing to Jace and Family.

    -Anonymous November 7, 2013

  • Anonymous

    Prayers for God's peace

    -Anonymous November 7, 2013

  • Brandi Rieder

    Keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers!

    -Brandi Rieder November 7, 2013

  • Brandi Rieder

    Keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers!

    -Brandi Rieder November 7, 2013

  • Nicki Nosbish

    Sending my love and prayers!

    -Nicki Nosbish November 7, 2013

  • Patricia Egger

    We think of you and pray for you all every day.

    -Patricia Egger November 7, 2013

  • Bobbi P

    Sending our prayers to your family!

    -Bobbi P November 7, 2013

  • Jaki Heinrich

    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    -Jaki Heinrich November 7, 2013

  • Gale Chapin

    Jeremy /Jess and family,, my hearts and prayers are with your family,, I completely understand the stress and strain that medical issues with your little guy. My granddaughter , Phoebe and her family are all going through this same scarey time. Hugs and prayers, Gale

    -Gale Chapin November 7, 2013

  • Amy Anderson

    Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers

    -Amy Anderson November 7, 2013

  • GretchenFP

    Thinking of your family and praying for Jace's full recovery.

    -GretchenFP November 7, 2013

  • Red Basket

    Good Start Donation on behalf of Good Start fund

    -Red Basket November 7, 2013


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