HOWELL – On Jan. 21, family and friends celebrated the one year “Angelversary” for Jake “The Tank” Honig with a fundraiser at Woody’s restaurant in Howell.
Jake Honig passed away at just 7 years old on Jan. 21, 2018, after a five-year battle with brain cancer. Diagnosed at the young age of 2, Jake fought hard to overcome his illness, earning the nickname “the Tank.”
Over the years, Jake garnered support from friends and numerous members of the community, including the Howell Township Police Department, who named him an honorary member of the force in 2018.
The Honig Family held this fundraiser to celebrate Jake’s life as well as continue their efforts to raise money for children with cancer through the Frances Foundation for Kids Fighting Cancer, a local nonprofit organization. A portion of proceeds from food were donated to the cause.
“As a Warrior, Jake the Tank brought an abundance of inspiration to everyone that he touched with his special smile and warm, engaging personality,” read a statement from Bob Heugle of the Frances Foundation on their website. “As an Angel Jake the Tank continues to inspire his legions of friends and supporters; and Angel Jake continues to touch and inspire love & comfort to pediatric cancer families in countless ways.”
Not only has the Honig family been fighting for kids with cancer; in 2018, the family fought for medical marijuana changes, helping to push Jake’s Law into motion.
Police Chief Andrew Kudrick, Mayor Theresa Berger, Councilman John Bonevich, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling and Assemblywoman Joann Downey were all present at the event.