A Mesa teen battling a terminal illness will turn 15 soon – and all he wants for his birthday is 100,000 greeting cards.
Jacob Priestly, whose birthday is Aug. 28, was diagnosed with a disease when he was 10 that has caused most of the mitochondria in his cells to die. This has left him easily exhausted and with a diminished energy supply.
“Any time someone sends me a card, I get filled with joy,” Jacob said. “If I read it and see people – random strangers – signing cards to another stranger, it makes me have joy.”
The United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation says mitochondria are responsible for creating more than 90 percent of the energy needed by the body to sustain life and organ function. There are currently no cures for the disease.
Aside from his condition, Jacob is just like other boys his age and enjoys joking around with his …