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2/14/2013 9:57:00 AM
Community members join Jerry's fight: Isenhart, Jr., battling brain cancer
From father to son
Wednesday, Feb. 6
Dear friends around the world ...Thank you so much for your outpouring of support.   You have touched us all  and we feel sad that it has been so long before we have had time to even say "Thank You".  We finally were able to add a picture that tells the story of the importance of your many messages of love and concern.

Sunday, Feb. 10
Jerry's primary doctor told us today that he had just met with a 39-year-old patient of his who had exactly the same condition as Jerry - hers in 2009 - and she has now regained 95% of all her functionality. So we know Jr. can recover...
And I must say - all the letters and posts and emails etc have done wonders to his inner spirit...
This is the short version of all the greatness that we watched unfold. I don't want to pretend to be a medical expert and use big words ...
But I am a dad who has seen incredible forces come together to allow us to write this message tonight...
We haven't even thought of what this will cost - but it doesn't matter. We will work the rest of our life to give Jerry the chance he so deserves...
My suspicion is this life-changing event for all of us will have a long legacy that is yet to be known...
I have written news stories all my life about these events in others lives - I know the format - the phrases - and the importance of helping families communicate. It sure is hard when I am way too close to be objective. More as soon as I can.
-Jerry Isenhart Sr.

Michelle Lovato
Staff Writer

Chelan native Jerry Isenhart Jr. should be enjoying his first year at college.

Instead, the 2012 Chelan High School graduate, known for his humble, quiet demeanor is fighting inoperable brain cancer at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle.

"I know my son Jerry," said Jerry Isenhart Sr. on a blog set up to offer updates and communication with concerned friends and family. "He is mostly a quiet, soft-spoken man who says little that doesn't add to a conversation.  As he read through your messages his face went from a deep worried frown to a tearful smile as he realized just how many people cared about him.  Your words have been a priceless medicine for his heart and his head.  We can't say enough."
Isenhart, Sr., wrote that his nearly 19-year-old son learned of his brain tumor just after Christmas.

"Since our initial discovery, Jerry has had several MRI's and a surgical biopsy as part of his diagnosis," Isenhart Sr. said on his blog. "The latter was a five-hour procedure at the University of Washington Hospital in January."

Isenhart Jr. spent several days in ICU before moving to the hospital floor and eventually being released Feb. 7. He is now staying in Seattle and undergoing aggressive treatment at the hospital.

In the face of his serious condition, Isenhart Jr. is upbeat.
"It is so clear that Jerry's outcome will be directly related to his and our attitudes, beliefs and trust of whichever course we choose to take," Isenhart Sr. said. "Fortunately, Jerry (Jr.) leads our family in a firm belief that this is in God's hands and that we are all in agreement that we must surround Jerry with a gigantic cloud of positive energy, the likes of which none of us have probably never known individually before."

Isenhart said the family set up the blog so everyone could remind Jerry Isenhart Jr. about how much they love him.

"What more could we ask than to make sure his heart is full of  love and positive thoughts - and you all have been wonderful at doing that through your thoughtful messages ," Jerry Sr. wrote.

Chelan High School Principal Barry DePaoli said Jerry Isnehart Jr. is a model person.

"Jerry Isenhart (Jr.) is well liked by everyone, students, teachers, coaches, parents." DePaoli said.  "Simply put he is a classy young man - the type of person that you would like to see all students become.

He is kind, gentle spirited and would help anyone without ever being asked.  He is truly a 'model person' - one of the nicest young men that graduated from Chelan High School."
Friends, family and supporters can write to Jerry Isenhart Jr. and his family by visiting

Private messages can be sent to:

Meanwhile supporters in Chelan set up a donations bank account at NCNB Bank.

Donors can give cash to the Isenhart Family Care Account, which is directly accessible by the family. Donations can also be given at

Though donations are a necessary and important piece of helping the Isenhart family recover, connecting with Jerry Isenhart Jr. through love, prayers, messages and good wishes is the most important aspect of his recovery, one day at a time.

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