Jake Wetchler happened into my Midrashah classroom when he was in the ninth grade and voluntarily stayed with me for the next four years. At that time he also came into my heart and there he shall always remain.
Jake's parents have created a foundation in his honor, called the Jake Wetchler Foundation for Innovative Pediatric Cancer Research. The Foundation fights back in Jake's spirit by making it possible for researchers to obtain funding for leading edge ideas. To learn more about the Foundation and how you can support it, click here.
Invictus by Ernest Henley, might well have been inspired by Jake Wetchler.
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be,
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance,
I have not winced nor cried aloud,
Under the bludgeonings of chance,
My head is bloodied but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears,
Looms but the horror of the shade,
And yet the passing of the years,
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how straight the gait,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the captain of my fate,
I am the master of my soul.