Jacob Monday is a brave young man who is on a mission to complete a bucket list after battling a rare form of brain cancer for the past 17 months. He just had a few simple requests like camping with his family, indoor skydiving, and visiting his brother in Michigan. But just in case anyone was listening, he threw in meeting his favorite actor Chris Pratt, too.
Well, Jacob can now check that off the bucket list as Chris Pratt surprised Jacob, his brother, and his mom in New York City last week!
Dear world, This is my new pal Jacob Monday. @j8ke.monday He is a 16 year old kid from upstate New York with a unique and powerful story. He was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer. He recently decided to stop treatment and is currently checking things off his bucket list. Needless to say he and his family have been through a lot. One of the things he wants to do is get a ton followers on Instagram. So follow his story for updates, and to help as he checks off items on his wish list! Show the love!!! Another thing he wanted besides meeting the star of his fav movie was to get his hair and makeup done! Ha!! 👍🏼🤘🏼 Here we are living that glam life. Makeup and hair credit to @bridgetbragerhair Good job! Jacob and I had fun chatting and kicking it for a few hours. Let’s see how many followers we can get him! #FollowJacobMonday 🙏♥️👍🏼 Click the link to read his full story. https://www.gofundme.com/jacobswishes
“He got to spend time with a video game developer for Universal and to play some games that are not yet released. While we were doing that, Chris Pratt arrived to spend time with Jacob,” said Amy Hellenschmidt Preston, a teacher at Jacob’s school who has organized making his bucket list come true with fellow teacher, Stephanie Bowen. Chris Pratt’s team reached out to them on social media to arrange a meeting and they were so grateful they were able to help make his dream come true.
“Chris Pratt is one of the most incredibly kind people I have met – he was absolutely the real deal in every way,” said Preston. “He was kind and compassionate, generous with his time, and completely focused on Jacob and making a positive difference in his life.”
While he had him there, Jacob asked Pratt to post on his Instagram and now Jacob is amazed he went from a little over 100 followers to now 154,000 followers in just a few days. It’s that kind of love and support that has brightened his spirit.
He’s just a great kid,” said Preston. “He has a wonderful sense of humor, and he is strong.”
Great job, Chris Pratt, on being this young man’s hero. You’re in our prayers always, Jacob!
Read more about Jacob’s story here: