Jack was born John Thomas Doyle on Tuesday October 16, 2012. Since the day he came into our lives he had nothing but smiles which is how he got the nick name Happy Jack. His smile and personality were contagious. With him our family was complete. We could only dream of what the future could bring but the future was not what we expected.
On Monday evening, July 8th, Jack was admitted to The Valley Hospital for dehydration. The week leading up Jack had not been his usual happy self. Back and forth from the doctors we were given several different diagnoses, everything from ear infections to gastritis. After resting comfortably overnight, Jack had a seizure on Tuesday morning. This was followed by another shortly after and Jack was rushed into a CT scanner. A large tumor was found in his brain and he was transferred to Columbia Children's Hospital in New York City. Jack passed away in our arms with his extended family by his side, just after 4pm on Thursday July 11th, 2013.
The tumor was believed to be malignant however we did not want a pathology work up. We cannot thank the doctors, nurses and staff at both The Valley Hospital & Columbia Presbyterian enough. They did everything in their power to save our son.
We lost our son but heaven gained an angel.
Eileen and I had the best support network within our family and friends. We realize that other people go through this same type of tragedy but without the support we still receive to this day. We formed The Happy Jack Fund to keep our son’s name alive and to support those who have suffered a similar loss. The HappyJack Fund supports families who have suffered the loss of a child by awarding siblings merit based academic scholarships for their higher education. The Happy Jack Fund serves to provide support to families who have experienced this tremendous grief and the comfort that they are not alone in their pain.
Thank you for taking the time to read our story, and we invite you to look through our pictures and take part in any of our events.
Our Happy Jack was always happy and we hope to share that happiness with others.
Eileen & Steve Doyle
The Happy Jack Fund supports families who have suffered the loss of a child by awarding their siblings merit-based academic scholarships to be used toward their higher education. The Happy Jack Fund provides support to families who have experienced tremendous grief in the hope that, through the support of their community, they feel that they are not alone in their pain.