My junior year of high school I ran for student body president at Parowan High. As tradition would have it, I spent a week campaigning with the blue party and working toward Friday’s assembly where speeches and seconding speeches would be delivered.
It was my responsibility to find a student willing to give a seconding speech for me. I remember sitting home with my dad after school that week and discussing my options. My dad told me I needed to find someone who could reach the kids I couldn’t reach on my own. Someone good, well-liked, on a sport’s team, and could get the audience’s attention and keep it. His suggestion? Jake Topham.
Jake and I weren’t close friends at the time, but he was always nice. Trusting my dad, I asked Jake to give my seconding speech. He agreed.
Jake managed to get the entire student body to follow along as he recited my name in preparation for the polls. (I took the L, but I don’t attribute that to Jake’s efforts.) Days after the election was over, people still talked about his speech.
My mom recorded it. Who would have thought it would turn into one of my most prized possessions.
In March this year Jake and I went to a Pat Benatar concert with our Topham family. The tickets were a gift from Maggie and Dave. Donning matching Pat shirts, we loudly sang along to, “Hit Me With Your Best Shot!” Throughout the show a few people in the audience tried to get that lighter effect going in the stadium. They turned on their phone flashlights and raised their arms high swaying back and forth to the music. It didn’t catch on until Jake got involved. We were sitting in seats on the floor of the stadium. The stands behind us were filled with people. Jake took out his phone, turned on the light and held the light backwards above his head so it faced everyone in the stands. He began to wave his arm back and forth to the music. Those behind us who could see the light quickly caught on. Hundreds of flashlights lit up, led by Jake.
It was incredible to watch, but I wasn’t surprised. Jake does that everywhere he goes. He still does.
Today was another chemo day! We’re starting to get into a nice routine. Every other Wednesday, chemo eve, we go on a little date and then make sure the house is clean. We do a little grocery shopping and pack a chemo bag. Jake swears that chemo makes him crave Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. We have 9 more doses to go. His counts are looking great!
A cute nurse came in to take Jake’s vitals. Everything looked perfect. In fact, she said, “I don’t know why you’re even here!” and winked at us. The doctor went over Jake’s labs with us. She had little graphs covering all of Jake’s levels. Everything that is supposed to go up is going up and everything that is supposed to go down is going down. Miracle after miracle.
I think about Jake and his backward flashlight often, clearly showing those watching behind him the way to being as happy as him.
I asked him what he would like his fans to know. He laughed and said, “Tell everybody I love them.” He does. We do! That must be why we’re so happy.
11/15/2018 09:26:19 pm
My goodness I love your posts, and I love the both of you. We pray for you two constantly, and simply cannot wait to give you giant hugs. Xoxo xoxo
11/17/2018 01:36:18 pm
Thank you so much Josee! You are so sweet! 💛
11/16/2018 07:04:06 am
That’s so awesome to hear that his levels are looking normal right now or where they should be. That made my day to have that be one of the first things I read or see. That’s awesome u guys got to go to Pat Benetar!! That would be an awesome concert. Unless it’s a bunch of old people there just sitting there listening lol. But like u just said that’s when u need Jake there to get everybody moving and up and out of their seats dancing!! But I’m so glad to hear it sounds like things are looking good right now. I’m definitely keeping him and u all in my prayers. Tell him and everyone hello and I love and miss u all!! 🤗
11/16/2018 05:17:12 pm
So happy for you two. You are both a bright light, radiating hope, love, patience and faith. I dont think I've ever met a more PERFECT couple, together you are strong, you buy each other up and set an amazing example for the rest of us. Though you make it sound easy, I've been around long enough to know you have your realllly hard moments, maybe even days where the burdens are insurmountable. Your faith in the Savior, your hope of a brighter tomorrow and you desire to do HIS will gives you hope and strength to get thru those obstacles and strengthen you for what's next. You are CHOOSING to make the most of every minute, every lesson, every opportunity to share the light of Christ through your eyes and experiences. I honor you. Keep up the fight, you BOTH deserve a long happy life together!! Praying for you 💗💞🙏💖🌞
Gayle and Stephen Halversen
11/17/2018 06:57:35 am
We are thrilled that the meds are doing their jobs. That's what we're praying for. We moved to Paragonah 9 years ago. One of the first Sundays there was a Youth Speaker - Jake Topham. However, we were quite convinced that he was a General Authority not a Youth Speaker. Have been very impressed with Him and You since that time. May the Lord bless you both in every needful and desired way. We send our love back to you!
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My name is Maddie Townsend Topham and I am a happy wife!