This is probably my last post on Jake’s social media empire I built for him, well technically his bad ass miracle sort of drove the design and implementation and drove me to do it. Don’t worry, there will be others filling in for me should Jake reach another amazing milestone but now that he’s home with his wife and kids there really isn’t a lot left to say or for me to do. This is a long one but alas, the last and then I will fade off into obscurity where I came from, where I belong and to be honest prefer. What follows is less about Jake and more about me. It doesn’t always have to be about Jake people! Well it is about Jake, it’s about Jake and what he gave me. What I hope Jake gave all of you, but about me none-the-less. Jake gave me Faith, a second chance and a new outlook on life. All things I can never repay him for. Read it, don’t read it, I don’t care. But if you want to know what the last 4 months have been like for someone on the outside looking in, give it a chance. All of this I’ve done was so that some day Jake could read back at the adventure he was on. So HEY Jake. Love you bro.
We would like to thank Carlos Silva, COO of Prometheus Franchise Restaurant Holding Inc. aka Southwest Florida Taco Bell for presenting Jake with not only a $2,500 check into his GoFundMe but gift cards worth $250! It was incredibly sincere and heartfelt. Clearly they’ve been following along with Jake’s miracle.
“Carlos Silva, COO of Prometheus Franchise Restaurant Holding. The Clearwater-based company owns Taco Bell franchises throughout Southwest Florida. Along with Jose Durant, Fort Myers district manager, and Shawn Finehout, area manager, brought a check, for $2,500, and a side of gift cards totaling $250 for Jake Booth to enjoy tacos whenever the craving hits… We know you have a long road ahead,” Silva said. “We’re very proud of you.”
Click over to watch the video. Thank you The News-Press for covering this.
Great feature in tomorrow’s Ft. Myers News Press about Jake going home. Great video. If you haven’t had a chance to go see Jake, then this will be an eye opener about the struggles he has ahead of him. He’s seen on the video talking in the first 10 seconds.
While he struggles to make himself understood, Stanley and Schwartz, remind him to take one word at a time. He calmly repeats the word until they understand it. Other words are clear: “thank you”, an “I loved it,” to the poster and warrior shield his co-workers at Fischer International made and signed, and sharing his opinion on presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, who he calls “clowns.”
“The pace at which he has gotten to this point has shocked everyone,” Ron Schwartz said.
Booth also will go to physical therapy several times a week to improve his balance and fine motor skills. Stanley and Booth talk about the future, with his dream to work for the gaming technology company Cloud Imperium Games in Austin, Texas. She’s made a way for him to roll his wheelchair to his computer desk, and their landlord is wrapping up alterations to their home, such as a shower bar in the bath.
This is why we are pushing the GoFundMe so hard because he’s got such a long way to go even though he’s made enormous strides so far. Years of physical and speech therapy are ahead of Jake, not to mention the possibility that he may need a kidney transplant, and if his wife has to work several jobs to keep up with the bills it will just slow him down. So if you haven’t donated please do, even a single dollar will help. If you have donated we can’t thank you enough. Part of the emotion you see in Jake in the video is him knowing he has friends, family and to be honest a majority of complete strangers who have been awed by his purpose, drive and zeal to recover and have donated to his family. Thinking about that gets him choked up every time. He thanks you and so do we.
To read the full article or to see the video or both if you’re so inclined please click the following link:
We can’t thank Stacey Henson enough for all the hard work and attention she’s given to Jake and quite frankly all of us on #TeamJake. She’s an amazing writer and I can’t wait to see what else she got in store for us as her readers. Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Jake’s story has been everywhere but maybe my most proud moment as a big brother is seeing his article on Playboy.com!
The 35-year-old army veteran and former sheriff’s deputy came out of the terrifying coma — being technically dead for 15 minutes will earn that description — with flying colors by immediately recognized his wife and two children. But the part of the story the family will forever remember, and now tell with a smile and a tear, is how Booth’s first words once conscious was, “I want Taco Bell.”
Jake Booth has become a viral sensation with the story of his first words of “I want Taco Bell ” after he miraculously woke up from a 48 day coma. His story of a coma, a miracle and Taco Bell has swept the internet and is just about everywhere! Here are some of the links we’ve found. If I missed any please leave it in the comments.
Don’t forget we need everyone to donate to his GoFundMe!