Thank you for visiting my website.
My name is Jake Finkbonner and this website is about me. I am a 12 year old boy who lives in Ferndale, Wa. and although my face is riddled with scars, I am completely normal and I enjoy playing basketball, football, baseball, golf and not to mention video games!
There's been a lot of media around me lately especially with the announcement of Blessed Kateri becoming a Saint based on my story. Please don't confuse the issue which is that my survival is a miracle. We thank the doctors at Children's Hospital for all that they did to save my life. I wouldn't be here without them. I also thank all the people that prayed for me. Obviously, God heard their prayers. This decision to canonize Blessed Kateri is something that the Vatican and the Pope declared, based on testimonies given by parishioners, my family and my doctors. Congratulations to the Catholic Church and the Native American culture in the canonizing of the now Saint Kateri.
My scars came in 2006 when I was just 5 years old. I was playing basketball for the Boys & Girls club, it was the last game of the season and the last minute of the game. I was running down court with the ball, I stopped in front of the hoop to shoot when I was pushed from behind. I flew forward and hit my mouth on the base of the portable basketball hoop. Lurking on the surface of that base was Strep A, also known as the "flesh eating bacteria" or Necrotizing Fasciitis. When I hit my mouth, my tooth pierced the inside of my lip and from that small pierce is where the Strep A entered into my body. By the next day I was fighting for my life. I am so thankful to the doctors at Children's Hospital in Seattle that saved my life.