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Sunday, September 1, 2013
GET well soon, Jack.
This was the message from participants of yesterday’s fundraising run for former Cebu City councilor and City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) chairman Sylvan “Jack” Jakosalem.
The run followed a series of benefit concerts and parties organized by Jakosalem’s broadcasting colleagues and attended by listeners who have known him since before he entered politics.
“This (fun run) is for the love of Jack, a manifestation of our great love and support for him. We love you Jack and get well soon,” said Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella, a colleague in the three terms Jakosalem served in the City Council.
Jakosalem had resigned from Citom in October 2012, after filing his certificate of candidacy for the May 2013 elections. Before the campaign could start, however, he suffered a relapse of the parasitic infection in his brain.
He was first diagnosed in 2011 with neurocysticercosis, which is caused by eating infected undercooked pork.
Mayor Michael Rama said in yesterday’s event that Jakosalem, who was a candidate on Team Rama’s City Council ticket this year, wanted to be active and serve the city’s constituents again in whatever way he can.
“So let’s pray and continue to pray for Jack’s complete recovery and that he will soon be well,” he said.
Jakosalem’s wife, Sharon, said she is hoping her husband will recover fast. She said he has been hospitalized twice already this year, the first time in February and the second one from the last week of July until the first week of August.
At present, Sharon said, Jakosalem is already at home and undergoing rehabilitation.
In an interview yesterday, Sharon thanked the people who joined the fun run organized by the Cebu City Sports Commission (CCSC).
“I never expected Run for Jack would be this successful. Na-touch kaayo ko (I am very touched). It’s not easy to wake up this early but you’re all here,” she said.
CCSC head Edward Hayco estimated the crowd who joined the activity at 2,000.
Participants raised at least P200,000, by paying registration fees that ranged from P100 to P1,000. The amount was turned over to Jakosalem’s family.
Asked how much the hospital bills were, Sharon said these amounted to P500,000 (P300,000 for the February confinement and P200,000 for the July confinement). Of that, they have paid P150,000 so far.
Sharon and Basty Jakosalem joined the run, along with Rama and Labella. Participants in the 5K made their way from the sports center to the Capitol and back.
Also spotted running were some city councilors from both of the two major parties in the city, including Mary Ann delos Santos, Richard Osmeña, Nestor Archival, James Cuenco, Noel Wenceslao, Gerry Carillo and Margarita Osmeña.
Councilor Richard Osmeña had drafted the resolution asking the CCSC to organize the run in support of Jakosalem, who also previously served as chairman of the council’s committee on sports.
Other participants included the department heads and employees of City Hall, as well as members of the Cebu City Police Office and some journalists.
On the eve of the run, a benefit concert was also held at The Outpost as part of the Back for Jack series of events organized for the former councilor and broadcaster.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that it costs an average of $37,600 (about P1.6 million at current exchange rates) to hospitalize and treat a person with neurocysticercosis.
It said in its website that 1,800 to 2,000 persons are diagnosed with the ailment each year in the United States and that “there is little being done to monitor, prevent or treat” this form of parasitic infection.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 01, 2013.