Fourth grader Jacob Haldeman loves school but can't walk the hallways. A mysterious illness has affected Jacob's respiratory system which led to collapsed lungs in December 2015. Doctors have determined he may need a double-lung transplant. Ashleigh and John Haldeman are both TWHS grads and live in Worthington. The family is planning to travel to Texas Children's Hospital in Houston to get a second opinion. But if no additional information is found, he will need to have the lung transplant. Throughout last year, Jacob has attempted to continue his learning at Worthington Estates Elementary, frequently missing school due to illness.
Jacob can now attend class two hours a day with his robot, but he can also interact with his classmates and teacher and even travel throughout the school! This has had a huge impact on his mental health and will allow him to keep learning while being healthy and strong as he awaits his surgery. Jacob is a true example of #WorthingtonStrong, and the support of the community continues to be very much appreciated by the family!