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Ashland Teen With Bucket List Wish Misses Super Bowl

"Unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be," Jake Silver's mother wrote in a Facebook group Sunday afternoon

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    Ashland Teen in Atlanta to Cross Super Bowl Off Bucket List

    Jake Silver, an 18-year-old from Ashland who is suffering from a rare form of cancer, does not have much time left. But he is doing his best to make every second count, and Sunday, he will get to watch his beloved Patriots play the Rams in Super Bowl LIII.

    (Published Friday, Feb. 1, 2019)

    An ailing Massachusetts teenager who has been working to cross items off his bucket list in the time he has left missed the Super Bowl after traveling to Atlanta and is in intensive care, according to his mother.

    Jake Silver, an 18-year-old from Ashland, is battling a rare form of cancer. He put together a bucket list, and the community has rallied around him to make sure he accomplishes every wish.

    Going to the Super Bowl was, perhaps, the biggest item on that list. Silver and his mother, Melissa Duca, arrived in Atlanta Friday. They were on a train from Boston for about 24 hours.

    "Unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be," Duca wrote Sunday in the Team Jake Facebook group. "Jake's oxygen was at 43 this morning and we couldn't arouse him. Long story short he is in the ICU in Atlanta and awake. Will keep you posted when I can."

    Teen Making Bucket List Push: 'I Get to See the Pats in the Super Bowl!'

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    Jake Silver, battling a rare form of cancer, is looking to cross items off his bucket list, and he and his family were ecstatic to learn he would have the chance to see the Patriots in the Super Bowl.

    (Published Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019)

    After the game started, Duca shared a photo of the family watching from the hospital. "We might not be at the game but we are all together watching it," she wrote.

    Duca said Monday in the Facebook group that the family gave its tickets "to the wonderful ER nurses who took care of him all day with the stipulation that they had to cheer for the Patriots!"

    Three years ago, Silver was diagnosed with an aggressive form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma. After 35 rounds of chemotherapy and 15 surgeries, he was getting ready for another one last month when he received devastating news — his battle with the rare illness was almost over.

    Rather than seeing it as the end, though, Silver has been determined to cross as many things off his bucket list as possible. He went to multiple sporting events before making the trip to Atlanta, and he helped his little sister, Halle, pick out her prom dress.

    Duca wrote Monday on Facebook that Silver's blood count was low, requiring a transfusion, adding that he has pneumonia and his heart is under a lot of stress from his body fighting.

    "As you can imagine, Jake is angry, upset, disappointed, frustrated and just wants to go home," she wrote.

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    Duca said Silver needs oxygen 24 hours a day. They are trying to get him a medical flight home, but she said he needs to be cleared to fly first.

    "I just can't imagine 24 hours on a train with him like this and knowing what could go wrong."

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