Hudson was an extremely gifted young man who passed away on April 6, at age 27, after a seven-year battle with brain cancer. He overcame significant trauma and loss in childhood after he saw his beloved 2-1/2 year old brother, his only sibling, killed in an accident in our home. Other traumas followed, many of which affected entire communities, such as the Waldo Canyon Fire he saw sweep into our neighborhood, and the New Life Church Shooting that claimed two lives at one entrance as we exited a different entrance. However, most were deeply personal, such as the four brain surgeries, three while awake.

Through all his challenges, he was determined to not only continue pursing his goals, but to excel in everything he did. After major surgery to remove the first brain tumor in the summer of 2015, Hudson returned to college in the fall, throwing himself into reclaiming the academic and intellectual abilities he had taken for granted. The remaining cells from the low-grade tumor, which his local surgeon said would not return, mutated into the most aggressive brain cancer of all, requiring another major surgery 18 months later by a top surgeon in Denver, followed by radiation and almost a year of chemotherapy. He was given a life expectancy of 22 months on December 2, 2016. However, with the help of God and our praying community, nutritional support, and sheer determination, Hudson continued his senior year of college amidst these incredible challenges. He finished with a 4.0 GPA with a double major in History and English, and was chosen to be the student commencement speaker for Colorado Christian University in 2017.

His cherished goal was to become a college professor, theologian and author. He was accepted to several prestigious graduate schools but was prevented from going, first by Covid-19 and then again by tumor recurrence requiring a third brain surgery. The day after his fourth brain surgery, despite uncontrolled pain, Hudson pulled out his computer to work on his novel. Whether working full-time as a content marketer or recovering from surgery, he worked tirelessly to finish his book, often falling asleep with pen in hand or wrapped around his computer. His work on the novel became increasingly challenging over his final nine months as the brain cancer was seated directly on the speech and language center of his brain, and yet he persisted. 

The goals for this fund is hopefully help absorb some of the high costs involved with this long cancer battle and to provide a season to grieve, rest and heal for us, his parents, if at all possible. Most importantly, we want to ensure that Hudson's book is published. Maybe it will be snatched up by a publisher without significant cost to us. However, we've been told the endeavor is likely to be rather expensive. 

During Hudson's sophomore year in college, his creative non-fiction piece on witnessing his brother's death and on our response to this tragedy from an eight-year-old's perspective was accepted for publication. His published work can be found in the Baltimore Review, 2018 Edition.

We are excited to see Hudson's book published and become a success.  We believe it will be a lasting legacy to his indomitable spirit and his commitment to utilize the gifts and talents that God had given him against all opposition.

For those that want to give by check, the checks should be made out and mailed to:

Hudson Jungck Memorial Fund, 2015 Manning Way, Colorado Springs, 80919