Despite going through chemotherapy, Jager remains on track to graduate with his classmates this coming spring. He’s also remained active in the Grand Haven chamber choir and the choral ensemble, as well as the drama club.
On Friday, Jager put his talents on display in front of a huge crowd at Buccaneer Stadium as he sang the national anthem prior to the Bucs Pride football game against Mona Shores.
“I was diagnosed almost a year ago, last September,” Jager said. “I had osteosarcoma, which is basically bone cancer. I had to miss some school, but the important thing is, I’m on track to graduate my senior year.
“I got a lot of support from my mom, Lorie Jager. I had treatment from September until early August of this year, and I had surgery in January.”
While he won’t be given a clean bill of health for several years, Jager said everything is looking good.
“The tumor’s gone, and I’m done with treatment,” he said.
The Bucs Pride game is an annual event held at Grand Haven that raises funds and awareness for those with cancer.
A large percentage of the fans at the game wore purple T-shirts, and the football players wore purple jerseys. For weeks leading up to the event, various Bucs Pride memorabilia was sold.
A collection was also taken at Friday’s game.
Much of the money raised will go toward Bluebird Cancer Retreats, a local organization that offers support for adults dealing with cancer. Money will also be handed out to local residents struggling with cancer who simply need help to make ends meet.