A Letter From The Timmerman Family

About The Event

When: February 3rd 2024 at 10am

Where: Savage Craft Brewery

What: A 45 minute barre3 class, family fun, and day full of love and hope!

Buy a ticket to the event here!

We will have a 45 minute class for adults and kiddos that are old enoughĀ for class. We will also have child care available, where the kids can play games and make Super Jack capes!

Wear workout clothes (your jack's pack tank and sweatshirt would be awesome) because we will move our bodies barre3 style!

Everyone is welcome! Please be sure to purchase 1 ticket per person attending.

Class will be for all levels of fitness experience, there are modifications and options throughoutĀ class.

Yes, this is a family event. The older kids are more than welcome to participate in class.

For the littles, we will have childcare available for the duration of class. Childcare will feature a design your own superhero cape activity.

Purchase a cute superhero piece of apparel to show your support around town or in your community.

All proceeds from our Jack's Pack Merchandise will go to the Timmerman family.

We also have an option to give a monetary donation here.

Meet Jack

Jack was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease called Batten disease - CLN1.

Batten Disease attacks the eyes first. We first noticed that something was off with Jack when he started to experience a decline in his vision summer of 2022. We saw an ophthalmologist but she didnā€™t see anything that required glasses.

Last Christmas it had progressed significantly so we got him glasses. We quickly realized that was not the answer. Our second trip to the ophthalmologist early this past summer (2023) landed us in the hospital for an emergency cat scan, MRI & other invasive tests to rule out brain tumors or hemorrhaging. We were released but referred to a retina specialist to figure out what was going on with his eyes.

We were finally referred Duke University where Jack and both my husband and I did genetic testing. After a few weeks, we got a call from the geneticist with a diagnosis we could never dream in our worst nightmares.Ā 

Jack is the 7.5 year old son of Jaime and Ned Timmerman. He is an amazing big brother to his 3 yo twin siblings, Judah and Lylah Claire.

He came along after many years of fertility treatments & miscarriages.

He is a smart, funny, creative, inquisitive kid who loves music, dancing silly, telling jokes, jumping on our trampoline, riding on our golf cart and watching (mostly listening to) his iPad. He has the kindest soul and sweetest heart.

He has always been my sensitive one. He has never once complained about his low vision. He lives each day with a big grin on his face, ready for the next adventure, full of joy.Ā 

He is a second grader at Lake Murray Elementary School where he has a team of literal angels who have made school a safe and fun place for him to continue to learn successfully despite being mostly blind. He is learning Braille.

Batten disease is a group of fatal genetic disorders. There are 13 types.

Jack is affected by the CLN1 variant. The disorder affects the bodyā€™s ability to get rid of cellular waste, so they build up in cells all over the body.

The buildup causes seizures, vision loss, problems with thinking and movement, and eventually, death. There is no cure for Batten disease.ā£

Beyond monetary donations or the purchase of Jack's Pack Apparel, The Timmerman family is asking for your prayers and love.

There are various foundations involved in researching Batten disease, donations in Jack's honor are greatly appreciated.

Currently, Jack's family is seeking ways to slow the progression of symptoms.

They have been to several Battens clinics across the country to find a Ā comprehensive care and potential treatments. There are currently enzyme replacement therapies (via brain infusions)Ā to slow down the progression of the disease in several of the variantsā€” but not Jackā€™s. More research must be done.

On a more daily basis, we try to keep him active as that will naturally delay some of the symptoms. We have him in PT and OT. We walk. We play. But we also know it wonā€™t always be this way. We know Battens disease attacks neurological functioning. We know to expect seizures. Itā€™s hard to think about our future so as much as we can, we try to remain in the day and enjoy what time we do have with him.Ā