Jacob Shotwell

Jacob Richard Shotwell of Charlotte, N.C., died Tuesday, April 6 at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. while undergoing a cord-blood stem cell transplant. The former Bremerton resident was only 14 years old and battled life-long illnesses caused by being born immune suppressed.

Jacob was the son of Luz Saunders of Charlotte and Steve Shotwell of Hansville. Born in Bremerton on March 7, 1990, he attended Naval Avenue and Crown Hill elementary schools and underwent treatment at Children’s Hospital in Seattle.

In 1998 he moved to Charlotte and attended Kennedy Middle School while undergoing treatments at Duke and Hemby Children’s Hospital.

He is survived by his parents; sister Kayla; brother Najee; stepmother Melody Shotwell of Hansville; stepfather Tony Langley of Charlotte; grandparents Frank and Ginna Shotwell of Bremerton; aunt Stacie and uncle Chris Schmechel of Mountain View, Calif; and stepbrothers and stepsisters Michelle, Cameron, Jon, Crystal, Kayla and Nicole, all of Hansville.

A celebration of Jacob’s life is planned for May 16 at the Hansville Community Center. Services are Saturday, April 17, in Charlotte. An online memorial is available at www.caringbridge. org/nc/jacob.

Memorial donations can be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 506 Alexander Ave., Durham, N.C. 27705 or the Child Life Department at Duke University.