Leukemia Slayer Playing Santa to Kids With Cancer Third Year in a Row


Santa Slayer at the Four SeasonsLong before there was a Batkid, there was The Leukemia Slayer, the alter ego of 12-year-old Jacob Goeders from Mountain View, who has been fighting the disease since December 2010. Besides using his super powers to give nasty cancer cells the one-two punch, the Slayer leads the way each holiday season to raise money to buy presents for other kids on the oncology ward at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital.

“I wanted to make other kids feel good, and I wanted to do something,” Jacob told me during last year’s fundraiser he dubbed The Santa Slayer Project. “I felt good because I was helping other kids who were stuck in the hospital like I was.”

In 2010, Jacob nearly spent Christmas in the hospital undergoing treatment, and it was that memory one year later that spurred him to start the annual project. His family had started The Leukemia Slayer Facebook Page earlier in 2011 (Jacob picked out the alter ego name for himself), and by the fall he had already had amassed about 2,000 followers. He asked them to each send in $1 so he could by presents, and amazingly he did raise about $2,000.

Last year Jacob raised approximately $2,000 again, and the fundraiser attracted the attention of others who wanted to help, like employees at The Four Seasons Hotel in East Palo Alto, who wrapped the dozens of gifts purchased with the money. The hotel rolled out the red carpet for Jacob and his family during the gift wrapping event, treating Jacob and his younger brother Jordan to a pizza-making lesson and other surprises.

Earlier this month Jacob launched the fundraiser once again. Besides asking his followers and members of the public for monetary donations, he created computer-generated artwork and has held auctions on his Facebook Page to raise more money.

His mom Sherry Goeders told me in an email that the family will be scrambling over the next couple of weeks, because the hospital is throwing a holiday party for oncology patients on Dec. 4, where Jacob will be passing out the gifts. Joining Jacob will be a representative from Capes 4 Heroes, a Danville-based charity that creates super hero capes for children with disabilities or life-threatening illnesses, to pass out capes to all the patients. The San Jose chapter of the Royal Aracanium, a national nonprofit insurance group, is providing 100 filled Christmas stockings.

Jacob is scheduled to complete treatment this coming spring.

To donate, visit the Santa Slayer Project webpage.

Update 11/21/13: The Leukemia Slayer will be accepting new, unwrapped toys for his drive at the Four Seasons Hotel Tree Lighting event, 4 to 5 p.m., Monday, Dec. 2. The hotel is located at 2050 University Ave., East Palo Alto. There will be cookies and hot cocoa. Jacob wrote to his Facebook fans on Nov. 21: “As some of you know that date has meaning to me because it was the day i was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010, so i will have officially been kicking cancers butt for 3 years that day!”