Emily GirschJan 7, 2018, 8:28 pmJan 8, 2018, 4:25 pm

Community raises money to help ‘resilient’ Howell boy with brain cancer

‘Jake the Tank’ beat cancer twice, but recently relapsed

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FARMINGDALE — Hundreds of community members showed up at Middle School North in Farmingdale to play basketball and raise money for a 7-year-old boy with brain cancer. Jake Honig has been called “courageous” and “tough as a tank” as he undergoes treatment for brain cancer for the third time after recently relapsing. His tenacity captured the attention of the Howell Police Department. Dozens of officers attended the event on Sunday to support him.

“He's our little local hero. He's been inspired to be a police officer. He got our attention really quick, and we made him part of our police family," Howell Police Chief Andrew Kudrick said.

Retired MBA player Anthony Avent also made an appearance to offer his support.

All of the proceeds from the event will go towards Jake and his family via the Frances Foundation, a non-profit that helps kids fighting cancer. President of the Frances Foundation, Bob Heugle, says only about 4 percent of all cancer research funding goes towards childhood cancer. He says the Frances Foundation raises money for research and treatment.

The community says if anyone is going to beat cancer, it will be Jake.

"He's amazing. He's an inspiration to us all. The cancer's not stopping him for a minute," Jake’s neighbor, Keia Rubman, said.

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