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David Frerking of Appleton is a new author, and you might recognize the story he is telling. His son Jacob, a young man with autism, was granted a wish to become a law enforcement officer through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
After Jacob was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, law enforcement officers from across the Fox Valley embraced Jacob and made him part of their community.
"It turned into 15 or 16 months of ride-alongs," Frerking recalls.
"He enjoyed being a police officer. He did one or two ride-alongs a week for the longest time."
Jacob and his twin brother, Jonathon, were born about eight weeks early. They were diagnosed with autism before their third birthdays. Jacob’s rare cancer was diagnosed when he was 16. The next two years were filled with medications, treatments and doctors appointments.
Frerking’s book, "What Really Matters" is a raw look at his memories and emotions of that time taken directly from a journal he kept.
"I started writing down what was going off in my head, because I knew from the beginning of it, with trying to be a foundation for the family, it was difficult for me to share what was going on without bringing down my wife."
Frerking says he’s heard from others who say it helped them deal with their own grief.
Hear more about Jacob Frerking’s journey through his father’s eyes in this episode of Get 2 the Point podcast.
CLICK HERE to find "What Really Matters: A father's perspective..." on Amazon.com.