Jake Peters ’16, continues to experience paralysis due to a condition called nueromyelitis optica, a swelling of his spinal cord brought on by some type of viral infection. Jake’s physical therapy has been progressing, all be it slow. He now can shrug his shoulders, pinch his scapulars, and supinate his wrists, which are all voluntary movements he was unable to produce a month ago. Although he still is breathing with ventilator assistance and does not have any sensory or voluntary movement in his lower extremities, it appears things are slowly moving in the right direction. He has been up and about 2-3 times a day doing rehab in his wheelchair, and he enjoys the time out of bed immensely. As a matter of fact, he was drag racing his wheelchair against the other patients in the parking lot recently. He is in pretty good spirits, eating well, and working hard to become more independent each day. He is scheduled for his next MRI and cytoxin treatment March 2nd. On the down side, he was admitted back into Kaiser Sunset a few days earlier than expected to monitor what doctors call autonomous dysreflexia syndrome. ADS is a potentially dangerous condition that is common for patients who experience spinal cord injuries, resulting in acute, uncontrolled hypertension. Jake has been having these episodes of intense headaches, along with very high blood pressure for about a week now. Doctors decided to bring him in for a few extra days of observation as a precautionary measure before his regularly scheduled MRI and cytoxin treatment. Let's pray that these episodes diminish and that the cytoxin will continue to reduce inflammation in his spinal cord. Take a look at the quilt that Mrs. Blythe Collins, wife of Joe Collins ’83, put together from a number of pieces submitted by Jake’s classmates, teammates, and members of the Loyola community. Please continue to keep Jake and his family in your prayers.
The 2015 Alumni Communion Brunch was an especially auspicious occasion, for we used this event to honor the members of the Society of Jesus who have had such an impactful influence on all of us. The video captures the feelings of all of us.
The 150th Anniversary Main Event:
It’s a Great Day to Be a Cub!
Saturday, May 30, 2015
SAVE THE DATE!
Food, Drink, Music, Rides, Games, Alumni Gatherings, Fireworks and more!
More information coming soon.
WE NEED YOU!
Help make our May 30th 150th mega celebration the party to remember by showcasing your talents and wares. Whether you are a brewmeister, artist, musician, talent agent, vintner or restaurateur, Loyola needs your expertise and help at our day-long event which will feature Loyola bands, wineries and breweries. Share your skills as we celebrate all things Loyola.
Let us know you are interested in participating at http://www.loyolahs.edu/icanhelp and let us know how you can contribute to make the 150th Main Event a rousing Cub success.
150 SITES DAY OF SERVICE
SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 2015
Calling all Loyola students, parents and alumni. Come and give back to Los Angeles for so many gifts received. Join us at one of 150 service projects as we fan out across Los Angeles on Saturday, April 11. Be there for this historic Cub community service event, sharing the last Saturday of Easter break with this great city of ours. Volunteer yourself, family, club, sports team or CLC. Sign up to be notified when registration opens: loyolahs.edu/150_service
To view just a few of the service sites available, please click here.
Know an Agency, School or Organization that we might be able to serve? Please ask them to register here Loyola’s 150th: Past, Present, Future Men for Others.
The Cub Construction Company (CCC) made up of 24 Loyola dads and their sons as well as some grads home for the Christmas holiday vacation took two days in late December to travel to Tijuana, Mexico to build a home for a family. Loyola president Fr. Greg Goethals, SJ, accompanied the work team of 24 led by Mr. Chris Laubach. The next CCC build will be in April, 2015. Contact Tom Zeko, Community Service Director to make a reservation to be a dad and son team by April 15.