Leukemia Slayer Defeats Cancer, Will Keep Helping Other Kids

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The Leukemia Slayer has conquered cancer, or in his words, he, “kicked cancer’s butt!”

Jacob Goeders Slays Leukemia

Jacob Goeders letting his 10,000+ fans on Facebook know his bone marrow is free from cancer.

The 12-year-old Slayer, a.k.a. Mountain View resident Jacob Goeders let his more than 10,000 Facebook fans know recently that he is cancer-free after a battle lasting 3 years and 3 months.

In his usual friendly and non-capitalized style, Jacob wrote on The Leukemia Slayer Facebook Page, “hello it is the leukemia slayer well it is official i have slayed leukemia!!!!!!! i was so happy to hear my dr come in and say who in this room has clear bone marrow? that would be me!!”

I had the great privilege of meeting Jacob in December 2011 at a Christmas party in Mountain View for kids with cancer and their families. He told me about his “Santa Slayer” project, where he asked his then 2,000 Facebook fans to each send $1 so he could buy holiday gifts for the other sick kids on the cancer ward at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital. Despite being in the fight of his life, all he could think about was how crummy it was for other kids to be in a cancer ward at Christmastime. He himself had spent a good chunk of December 2010 in that same ward, immediately after being diagnosed.

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Been Missing Our Facebook Page Updates?

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Oh, Facebook. That social media giant we love to hate pulled a bit of a fast one earlier this year on anyone with a Facebook Page.

You may have noticed you started seeing less posts from people, organizations, and companies you’ve been following, having “liked” their pages sometime in the past. It turns out Facebook found a new way to make money, playing with algorithms so that posts show up less, then turning around and selling the chance to “promote” posts for a fee.

While large corporations with big advertising budgets will find a way to pay, nonprofits and small operations are left out in the cold.

If you want to keep up with Good Neighbor Stories’ posts in the future, try these steps for creating a Facebook Interest List. Thanks to San Francisco Writers Conference for the first three:

1. Visit the Facebook page from your computer (it won’t work from a mobile device).

2. On the right side of the page, next to the “like” and “message” buttons, there is a drop down box (looks like a gear).

3. Click the drop down box and click on the “add to interest list”.

4. Create a new interest list.

On your Facebook homepage you’ll see your interest lists on the left-hand side of the page. You can click on the desired list anytime to see the latest posts. Reportedly the posts will also show up more often in your main news feed, but I have not been able to confirm that yet.