500 Sold

One Wants to be a Letter Book Has Sold 500 Copies!

One Wants to be a LetterWhen we released the One Wants to be a Letter Book a month ago, we had modest hopes for the book sales. However, we are happy to report that we have now sold over 500 copies of the book! This news is so amazing and Jake is blown away by the enthusiastic response.

About the Story

The book is a story about being different and more importantly, feeling different. One is a number whose friends are all letters and he felt different from them. One wanted to be just like his friends. In the end, One finds out that being a Number One was what he was meant to be.

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Book Reviews

Here is what are people saying about “One Wants to be a Letter.”

  • “Please tell Jake that his book touched my heart and I absolutely love the story line especially the end. You truly have an amazing young man that is making a huge impact in this world. I can’t wait for the next book.” – T.H.
  • “Got my book today! Great job Jake! So Awesome!” – D.T.
  • “It was great to meet Jake yesterday! I am excited to share this book with my Kindergarten students. Thank you!” – J.B.
  • “We’ve never met but I’m so proud of you what a gift you and your family have given to so many.” – A.D.
  • “Thanks Jake! Can’t wait to share this with the little guys on our family!” – N.M.
  • “I got my book yesterday!!! Brought it to school today. Excellent job Jake!” – C.L.
  • “Tonight’s story time brought to you by a local Hudson high school author, inspiring my children, it is ok to be different, and dream big… an inspiration to us all.” – K.L.
  • “Our copy of One Wants to be a Letter arrived in the mail today! It received a 10/10 from Matthew! Provided a little light reading for today’s infusion too. Awesome job Jake!” – M.H.
  • “I thought it was cool because it has a lot of detail and all the letters are so cute I love the story because, it’s like, number one wants to be like all the letters and wants to play with all them because he wants to have fun but, that it’s ok for him to be a number.” – S.P., Age 7
  • “We got ours yesterday – It is sweet, easy, with such a powerful message of loving yourself for who you are. Be great at what you are great at and don’t worry about the rest.” – P.G.
  • “Jake, I love your book! I think it is a wonderful lesson for children AND adults to help us understand that we are all special and that even if we seem “different” from everyone else, that is what our unique gifts in life are, and we should embrace them! Thank you for reminding us of that!!” – K.L.
  • “I think it’s awesome. It’s also inspiring so I can make a book as well.” – K.P., Age 10

Book Sequel

Will there be a sequel for the book? Nothing definite right now but you can follow Jake on his Facebook Page to learn the latest news about this budding author.

Thank You

The book and its success would not have been possible without the following people.

Massachusetts Representative Kate Hogan give a proclamation to Jake

Massachusetts Representative Kate Hogan gives a proclamation to Jake at the book signing.

Fans of Jake and the book at the Book Signing Event.

Driving with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Jake Marrazzo Chosen as WCVB Channel 5 Boston A+ Student

Jake Marrazzo Chosen as WCVB Channel 5 Boston A+ Student

Jake Marrazzo has become a remarkable 16 year old sophomore at Hudson High School who has not let Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy keep him from pursuing his dreams of performing on Broadway, driving a car and helping to cure his disease. Recently, he was chosen to be featured as one of WCVB Channel 5 Boston’s A+ Students and was interviewed by Antoinette Antonio. The segment was broadcast on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 which you can see below. In 2014, Jake’s family and friends created the 4 Jake Sake Foundation which helps families who have been affected by Duchenne. Every year since, we have had a Millennium 5K road race to help raise money for the foundation and this year’s race is on May 19th at the Elks Club in Hudson, MA. We encourage you to participate in the race any way possible – from running the race, walking the course or just spending a great day with your family and ours. There will be a kid’s obstacle course race along with Star Wars storm troopers on patrol as well as other characters who are very strong with the force. We hope to see you at the Millennium 5K on May 19th!

Jake Talks to 1st Year Medical Students at UMass Medical

Jake was asked to be a guest speaker talking to first-year medical students at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) on September 12, 2018. He spoke to them about what he thinks makes a doctor world-famous. Jake had them laughing which the students told him was the highlight of their day. One of the student commented on social media, “My classmates and I loved meeting you! Thanks again for sharing your story with us.” Jake shared the good and the bad about being a patient with Duchenne MD, including how he does in school and living his life on a daily basis. We had a great time and were honored to speak to these young people. Good Luck, future doctors!

Hudson Mother & Son Complete Title 9 Triathlon in Hopkinton

HOPKINTON — Just before 8 a.m. Sunday, Sheryl Marrazzo crouches down and places both her hands squarely on the sides of her son’s face and leans in close until both their foreheads touch. just a few short minutes, Marrazzo will be competing in the annual Title 9 women’s sprint triathlon, which she’s done for the last five years. But this time will be different – her son Jake, who was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at age 7, will be right behind her the whole time.

After 25 weeks of intense training, Marrazzo pulled 15-year-old Jake for the duration of the race’s swimming, biking and running courses using both an inflatable raft and a special $5,000 running chair.

Continue reading the article “Mother, son complete Title 9 triathlon through Hopkinton” at Wicked Local and written by Cesareo Contreras and please click here to watch our photo and video montage from the Title 9 Triathlon race.

Hudson resident Sheryl Marrazzo and her 15-year-old son, Jake, who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, completed the Title 9 Sprint triathlon through Hopkinton on Sept. 9th

Hudson Mother and Son Raising Money for Specialized Running Chair

HUDSON — During a run along the rail trail earlier this spring, Jake Marrazzo spurred his mother on as she started training for an upcoming triathlon.

“Faster,” he said as she pushed him in a mobility stroller. “I want to feel the wind in my hair.”

As a casual jogger, Sheryl Marrazzo had a quick answer for her 15-year-old son.

“I’m going as fast as I can,” she said.

Jake, a freshman at Hudson High School, has been unable to walk since April 2015 after being diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in January 2011 — a few days before his 8th birthday. The disease is a genetic disorder characterized by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness, according to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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Hudson Teacher Helps Student Making Tough Transition

This article was written by Paul Burton and published on WBZ-TV on November 6, 2015 at 6:14 pm.

BOSTON (CBS) – Jake Marrazzo, 12, is learning a lot of hard lessons about life but his approach to it is inspiring those around him, especially his substitute teacher Melissa Ansley. “I can’t walk anymore. I originally could when I was little,” Jake said. Jake suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. “Every morning he would say ‘good morning’ with this big smile and I thought if someone like that can be happy every day what do we have to complain about,” Ansley said. Jake’s mother Sheryl Marrazzo says her son is a fighter. “It’s like ALS but in children,” she says. “If you can imagine watching someone you love with all your heart struggle it’s hard wrenching.”

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