Jake Olson, Former USC Blind Long Snapper, Raising Funds for Retinoblastoma at Pro Day
- By Emma
- Mar 12, 2019
Jake Olson, President & Co-Founder of Engage and former USC Blind Long-Snapper, is raising funds by doing ‘Reps for Retinoblastoma’ at USC Pro Day on March 20th.
Retinoblastoma is an aggressive, rare, fast-moving form of eye cancer located in the retina. It cost Jake his left eye at eight months old and his right eye at 12. However, even after losing his sight, he has continued to live his life to the fullest, even joining the USC Trojan football team as their long snapper in 2015.
Now, four years later, Jake is hitting the Trojan weight room once last time in an effort to give back and support a cure for Retinoblastoma.
On his mission to help cure Retinoblastoma, Jake writes, “I remember hearing about the development of this device around the time of my surgery and the reality is that this Episcleral device would have allowed me to see today. Even though it was too late for me, it doesn’t have to be too late for the children who are facing the same reality I did nine years ago.”
Jake’s perseverance and positive attitude have been a source of inspiration to many, and this fundraiser just may be his greatest achievement to date with its potential to impact the lives of many children suffering from the same form of rare eye cancer.
Watch ESPN for coverage of Jake’s ‘Reps for Retinoblastoma’ on March 20th.
To contribute to Jake’s mission or learn more about the Episcleral Topotecan device that will help cure Retinoblastoma, please click here: https://pledgeit.org/jake-olson-2019
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