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Moultrie boy suffers from rare brain tumor

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Three year old Jacob Martin is suffering from a rare brain tumor Three year old Jacob Martin is suffering from a rare brain tumor
Lindsay Martin is Jacob's mother and found out Jacbo suffered from a rare brain tumor after he had a seizure July 4th Lindsay Martin is Jacob's mother and found out Jacbo suffered from a rare brain tumor after he had a seizure July 4th
Beth Norman has helped the Martin family fundraise for Jacob's medical expenses by setting up numerous accounts and web sites Beth Norman has helped the Martin family fundraise for Jacob's medical expenses by setting up numerous accounts and web sites
The Martin family wants more research to be done on Jacob's rare brain tumor The Martin family wants more research to be done on Jacob's rare brain tumor

A little boy in Moultrie was recently diagnosed with a rare inoperable brain tumor. Family members say they're receiving enormous support from their community. They hope Jacob's story will inspire more research to help find a cure.

Jacob Martin is a rambunctious three-year-old filled with energy and life. But recently, his family got shocking news.

"He suffered a seizure on July the fourth," said Jacob's Mother Lindsay Martin.

Jacob's family rushed him to Egleston's Pediatric Hospital where doctors diagnosed him with a rare brain tumor known as Gliomatosis Cerebri which affects the right side of Jacob's brain.

"I think it makes up like three percent of brain tumors that children are diagnosed with," said Martin.

Lindsay Martin says the family was devastated by the news.

"Heartbroken, you know that was the last thing that we wanted to hear," said Martin.

The family shared Jacob's diagnosis on Facebook and from there the prayers and community support began to overflow to raise money for Jacob through bake sales, T-shirts, and bracelets.

"There were two little boys that just this past weekend, Saturday, set up a lemonade stand out there in the rain for nearly three hours," said Martin.

A family friend also decided to step in and start fundraisers to help with the Martin's medical expenses.

"We started out with an online fundraiser through gofundme.com and we released it on Monday of this past week," said family friend Beth Norman. "The last time I checked it was at like a little over seven thousand dollars."

Support for Jacob has spread nationwide, but it's more than money that family and friends want to raise in the community.

"I would just personally like to see more research done on this type of cancer and tumor because even the medical field doesn't know a whole lot about it," said Martin.

The Martins' say they hope their fight for Jacob educates the community on the rare disease to help lead to a cure. The Martin family have raised over $10,000 so far. A yard sale and silent auction will be held for Jacob on August 10th at Flair's Salon in Moultrie.

Donations can be made to the Ameris Bank Jacob Martin Charitable Trust. You can also donate to the Jacob Martin Fundraiser by clicking here or at gofundme.com by clicking here. If you would like to send other types of donations to the Martin family they can be reached at blpresley@gmail.com.

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