RAGBRAI: the inspirational story of Jake Hoegen

This 17 year old afflicted with cancer finds the strength to ride in RAGBRAI

By Bria Bell | bbell@kcautv.com

Published 07/29 2016 07:18AM

Updated 07/29 2016 07:18AM

There are hundreds of amazing stories to be told on the RAGBRAI route, and a very special 17-year-old is showing us so much strength despite his circumstance.
 
Meet Jack Hoegen.
 
Jack is 17-years-old.
 
He's been fighting cancer since he was only six. He says he asked his dad if it would be possible to ride in this year's tour to show others that he has not been defeated by the terminal illness.
 
"So they know how strong I am, instead of laying there everyday in the hospital," says Jack.
 
This amazing teen is supported by a sea of purple which are his family friends who made custom jerseys in honor of another close loved one name Katie, who passed away due to cancer. Thursday would've been her birthday. 
 
 

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