WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – A Kansas State University senior fighting a rare form of brain cancer received the surprise of a lifetime, two tickets to Super Bowl LV. Twenty-one-year-old Jace Ward was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), an aggressive, inoperable brain tumor that affects a person’s ability to see, hear, walk, talk and eat. In November 2019, Eyewitness News met Jace, telling the story about how his participation in a clinical trial for the drug ONC201, had him feeling “like a regular kid.”
Jace was diagnosed with DIPG in May of 2019.
“The doctors told me I only had nine months to live. That day completely shook my world,” Jace said.
But thanks to intense radiation, chemotherapy, and a couple of clinical trials, he’s continued to fight for nearly two years. As he continues his own battle, Jace is also advocating for other families fighting childhood cancer.
“I really have a passion and interest in pushing further for not only cures but help along the way for other families who are suffering,” he said.
Watching the Chiefs on Sundays has gotten him through tough Sundays in hospitals across the country.
“We were watching one of the playoff games in the hospital, and he could only stay awake for about two to five minutes at the time because the trial had been so rough,” Jace’s mother, Lisa Ward said.
This week, Lisa, told Jace that they were hopping on a Zoom call with a hospital to take an exit survey. Little did Jace know, CBS’ Jay Feely was there to surprise him with two tickets to Super Bowl LV, courtesy of Kansas City Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman.
“I cannot express how much it means to go to the Super Bowl,” Jace said. “As a lifelong Chiefs fan, I’ve probably watched over 100 games with my dad. So going to the big one, going to the Super Bowl, it’s gonna be incredible.”
Jace said he will take his dad with him to Tampa for the Feb. 7 game. He also will get to be on a CBS Super Bowl production Zoom meeting featuring Feeley, Tony Romo.
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