Date: February 24, 2008 4.24 PM

Guest name =  Michael Theus-Louisiana Select
How were you aquainted? =  I didnt know Jacob, but i met his wonderful mom and
dad on a fight to houston
email = Louisianaselect@aol.com
Guest Comments = Dear Mr and Mrs Bankston,

My name is Michael Theus and we met on a southwest flight to houston i think.  I
was taking a basketball team somewhere to play in a AAU basketball tournament.  
You and i sat beside each other and you told me about Jacob but i really didnt
understand at that point.  I think this was two or three years ago.  Well today
i just found the napkin that you wrote the web site address on and i went to the
site.  Well lets just say i just stop crying.  God bless you and your family.  I
amd sorry to find out what happen to Jacob.  He looked like a kid that loved
life.  God the letter to the family was too much for me.  

Thank you for sharing the web site with me and i have passed it on to some other
friends.  I am still traveling with my guys all over the U.S.  I thank God that
i met you and Mrs Bankston.  God bless you and take care

Michael Theus
Director
Louisiana Select AAU Traveling Team
www.louisianaselect.org


Date:  Mon, 4 Jul 2005 09:54:40 -0700 (PDT)

Guest name =  oddly enough my name is
Ryan Jacob Bankston
How were you aquainted? =  I was just entering a search under my own name and
your sons website came up.
email = Guest Email  rjbankston@hotmail.com
Guest Comments =      I was very touched by this website and how Jacob handled
life and presented himself.  I can not help but feel somewhat close to him,
having nearly identical names  and also being the same age, I was born April 27
1978.  I was recently in the hospital after a motorcycle accident from a severe
laceration to my leg from the steel footpeg.  This became infected and had I
came in 12 hours later would have had my leg amputated at the torso or lost my
life from the flesh eating bacteria. Now I have a huge skin graft where they
removed my tissues 9  x 10 inches.  I know what your son went through is 1000
times greater and I can not begin to fathom his courage and faith he had. Being
in the hospital greatly encouraged me to redevelop my relationship with God and
my family. I know the Lord exists and your son and brother is right beside him.
Life is so uncertain and unbelievably fragile, but this has to be part of the
plan of life and we will all be together again where there is no pain, only hearts
filled with joy.


         God Bless- Ryan Bankston


March  11, 2005
Guest name =  Debra Rodeffer-Theisen (RT)
How were you aquainted? = I work with Jacob's mother.
email = DKRodeffer@aol.com
Guest Comments = Hi Linda.  I can tell by this website that you and your family
have dealt tremendously with the loss of Jacob.  The idea of losing a child is
beyond my comprehension.  I am so sorry you have to go through this.  Please
know that you are loved.

While I was reading through Jacob's life, I saw hat he was at TIRR.  My family
is well acquainted with TIRR; Ed spent half of last year there.  He enjoys going
back there to visit.  The place gives me a stomach ache.  It is still too soon
for me.

Sometime when you feel like it, look up Ed Theisen (just google).  (Can you
believe that a librarian suggested that!)  Is your husband an engineer like
mine?

Talk with you later.

Love through Christ who strengthens us,
Debra RT


Guest name =  Melissa

email = icupeekaboo@hotmail.com
Guest Comments = My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your website
brought tears to my eyes.

What is your name? :   Ashlee  
How did you know Jacob? :   I dont know him!*  
Please give us your Email. :   lovin_n_carin_angel@yahoo.com  
Please leave a short comment. :   I just wanted to say that I am very sorry for the tragic
loss of Jacob.But I understand what he was going through. I myself went trough Open
Heart Surgery. When I was 11 years old.I only have had to have it once. I dont think that I
could have handled it  
Jacobs Web Site: http:\\www.jacobbankston.com :     

What is your name? :   Kelly (Johnson) Cardman  
How did you know Jacob? :   Operating Room Nurse  
Please give us your Email. :   kcardman@mail.com  
Please leave a short comment. :   I have been an RN for 25 years. I have never had a
patient or family touch my heart as Jacob, Joel, Linda and Matthew have. I wish I could
have been there more for them. Thank you for sharing this site with me. Kelly  
Jacobs Web Site: http:\\www.jacobbankston.com :     

People will never know how much Jacob touched the lives of others. It has been nearly
four years now since Jacob went to heaven and Linda and I miss him as much today as if
 

Please leave a short comment. :   I really appreciate all the Nurses and Doctors at St.
Lukes for taking the time to visit J

What is your name? :   Alison lenz  
How did you know Jacob? :   RN cared for him  
Please give us your Email. :   alemocha@ev1.net  
Please leave a short comment. :   I have fond memories of Jacob I enjoyed the web site.
Dr wadia and I will always remember Jacob.  
Jacobs Web Site: http:\\www.jacobbankston.com :     

What is your name? :   Irena Sharf, Rn  
How did you know Jacob? :   I took care of him many times when he was at 7S6 St. Lukes
hospital  
Please give us your Email. :   I.Sharf@juno.com  
Please leave a short comment. :   I took care of Jacob so many times that I, as well as
another nurse, Loren,was often called Jacobs personal nurse. Even now, 4 years later I
vividly remember every detail about his care. Unfortunately, I only got to know him when
he was ill, and then very  
Jacobs Web Site: http:\\www.jacobbankston.com :     

What is your name? :   Eucharia Oparaji RN  
How did you know Jacob? :   Took care of him at St Lukes Hospital, 7S6  
Please give us your Email. :   eoparaji@yahoo.com  
Please leave a short comment. :   Jacos was a magnificent person, always cheerful. He
knew everyboby by name. Fought very hard to survive. touched everybody he came in
contact .  
Jacobs Web Site: http:\\www.jacobbankston.com :     

What is your name? :   Eucharia Oparaji RN  
How did you know Jacob? :   Took care of him at St Lukes Hospital, 7S6  
Please give us your Email. :   eo paraji  
Please leave a short comment. :     
Jacobs Web Site: http:\\www.jacobbankston.com :     

What is your name? :   DONALD LUNA  
How did you know Jacob? :   HE WAS A PT. IN MY UNIT  
Please give us your Email. :   dluna@sleh.com  
Please leave a short comment. :   JACOB WAS A WONDERFUL PERSON AS WELL AS A
PT. IT WAS ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO SEE HIS SMILE EVERY DAY I CARED FOR HIM
IN MY UNIT.  
Jacobs Web Site: http:\\www.jacobbankston.com :     

What is your name? :   Susan Baram  
How did you know Jacob? :   I heard about him  
Please give us your Email. :   susanbar@netvision.net.il  
Please leave a short comment. :   I was a patient at St. Lukes and received a heart
transplant 2 1//2 years ago. I came to Houston for a social visit and heard about your
son. This is a beautiful memorial for your son and when I return home to Israel, I will read
it all. Thank you.  
Jacobs Web Site: http:\\www.jacobbankston.com :     

What is your name? :   Dr. OH Frazier  
How did you know Jacob? :   I was his transplant surgeon  
Please give us your Email. :   knowlin@heart.thi.tmc.edu  
Please leave a short comment. :     
Jacobs Web Site: http:\\www.jacobbankston.com :     

What is your name? :   Yasmin Wadia  
How did you know Jacob? :   I took care of Jacob as a Transplant Fellow after his heart
transplant  
Please give us your Email. :   yasminwadia@yahoo.com  
Please leave a short comment. :   Jacob was a beautiful soul and it hurt me everyday to
see his pain. I have passed his web address to all the staff in 7S6, and transplant team.  
Jacobs Web Site: http:\\www.jacobbankston.com :     

What is your name? :   Cynthia Duck  
How did you know Jacob? :   my cousin  
Please give us your Email. :   demducks@hotmail.com  
Please leave a short comment. :   Hi Joel and Linda! The web site looks great! It was
good to see yall and visit at Maw Maws party. Do you have picture negatives of the
Thanksgiving years ago at the Durbins when Ma was there? You had taken pictures and
Ma was in several of them....love,  
Jacobs Web Site: http:\\www.jacobbankston.com :     

What is your name? :   Ray Cramer  
How did you know Jacob? :   Through the testimony of his Dad  
Please give us your Email. :   pellyrat@earthlink.net  
Please leave a short comment. :   Joel, thanks for sharing the story of Jacob to us in
class the other day. It touched all of us. God Bless.  
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