My History is Not my Destiny

Jake has hit a major speed bump in his road to recovery and needs shoulder surgery. Unfortunately, he can't afford it.
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Dallas Page
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Smyrna, Georgia
United States
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Jake's Road to Recovery

Jake "The Snake" Roberts is known as one of wrestling's most tragic stories, with a history of substance abuse and unfulfilled potential in the wrestling world.  Like others who have fallen from grace, Jake found himself in a deep depression, with failing health and little desire to live.  With the help of friend and former pro wrestler, Diamond Dallas Page, in the summer of 2012, Jake was given a small push in the right direction.  He saw a glimmer of hope that lit a fire inside of him.  At 57 years old, he decided to fight for something worthwhile... sobriety, health... a purpose in life.

 

Jake's 6 Month Progress

Amazingly, in just a few short months Jake has changed the direction of his life.  Sober for over 75 days (the longest he's been in over a decade) and 60 pounds leaner, Jake's life has new meaning.  He's now out to prove to people that it's never too late to turn your life around.  As he aptly puts it, "My history is not my destiny".   He hopes to get healthy enough to make one last run as a wrestler, to leave the industry on his own terms.  Perhaps if he can pull this off his story can inspire the world.

 

A Stumbling Block

 An old shoulder injury from Jake's many bumps in the ring has become increasingly more painful and now prevents him from continuing his exercise routine.  Without the ability to exercise, Jake's progress has been severely handicapped... Jake needs surgery on his left shoulder as he is in constant pain and can't even lift his left arm.  He's discouraged that he has come so far only to run into this stumbling block.

 

Help Jake Keep His Forward Momentum!

It's critical that Jake doesn't lose his positive attitude and momentum, but he can't afford the surgery on his own, and he lacks health insurance.  He's hoping his fans might reach out to him and help fund the $9,200 (surgery and rehab) he requires. If every one of his twitter followers chipped in, he would reach his funding goal!  Donations will be used to cover the following:

  • Hospital fees
  • Surgical costs
  • Rehabilitation costs

 

Jake knows there's no such thing as a free lunch, so he's tried to come up with some cool rewards for those willing to donate to this cause!  (See to the right)

 

Why it's important

Jake is one of the greatest pro wrestlers to ever step in the ring. He would like to pass on his knowledge of the business to future generations, both in the ring and out.  His journey to become healthy and productive after a dark period of his life will inspire so many others, if he is able to keep moving forward!  Become a part of this amazing journey and Jake will be forever grateful to you. 

 

Other Ways You Can Help

If you can't donate, we understand, but please share this link with your friends, be it by e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit, etc.

Thank you so much and God Bless.

 

Funds Raised Above Goal

Any funding raised for Jake that exceeds our goal will be used to help Jake get the dental work he's needed for many years, and was unable to afford it.  Thanks again for your generosity and support for Jake, as it motivates him even more to use his life experience to help others.

 

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  • $10USD
    Jake Supporter

    With your generous donation you'll be added to the list of supporters on Jake's website. Your name will also appear in the credits for the upcoming documentary, "The Resurrection of Jake The Snake Roberts"!

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  • $15USD
    Signed Jake 8x10

    Jake Roberts is one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. As thanks to his supporters, he'll send you a rare, autographed 8x10 photo. Not only will you own an amazing collectable from a wrestling legend, but you'll also be contributing to his return to the industry, stronger, healthier and more focused than ever!

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  • $25USD
    Jake's Favorite Matches DVD

    DVD featuring some of Jake's favorite matches never seen on a WWE Release, including his encounters with Ricky Steamboat, Randy Savage, and even Muhammad Ali.

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    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $30USD
    Exclusive Jake Roberts T-Shirt

    Jake's inspirational journey is documented in the upcoming documentary, "The Resurrection Of Jake "The Snake" Roberts". Be one of the first to own a t-shirt promoting the upcoming release of this film! Black - S, M, L, XL, and XXL

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    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $30USD
    Phone call from Jake Roberts

    "If a man has enough power, he can speak softly and everyone will listen." Jake will call you to express your thanks, to share a wrestling story or two, and give you an update on his life. He'll definitely make you smile, and he might even inspire you.

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    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $35USD
    Resurrection DVD

    Not only are you contributing to a major part of Jake's journey to get healthy with your donation, but you'll receive a DVD copy of the final film when it is completed!

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  • $45USD
    Exclusive Autographed T-shirt

    Receive the official "Resurrection of Jake The Snake Roberts" t-shirt, signed by the one and only Jake Roberts. Black - S, M, L, XL, and XXL

    28 out of 200 claimed

    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $100USD
    Fan Pack

    For Jake's fans and supporters, with your donation you'll receive: - Black "Resurrection" T-shirt - Autographed 8x10 - Personal phone call from Jake thanking you!

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  • $175USD
    Mega Fan Pack

    Mega fans of Jake will receive all of the rewards! You rewards include: - Autographed 8x10 - DVD of Jake's favorite matches - Black "Resurrection" T-shirt - Resurrection of "Jake the Snake" Roberts DVD - Personal phone call from Jake

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  • $400USD
    Training/Interview

    Up and coming wrestlers will get the incredible opportunity to learn from the greatest wrestling psychologist of all time. For your donation you'll get to talk with Jake via phone OR video conference once per week for a month (4 calls), to learn all you can about the business and how to become the best wrestler you can be.

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    $1,000USD
    Accountability Crib Experience

    Experience life with wrestling legends Jake "The Snake" Roberts and Diamond Dallas Page in the amazing "Accountability Crib"! You'll stay 2 nights with Jake and Dallas at their home in Atlanta, where you'll see first hand why Jake has made such amazing progress in a short period of time. You'll not only hang out and share wrestling stories with them, but you'll also be inspired to make the most out of your life. A once in a lifetime experience that could change you forever!

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    Estimated delivery: May 2013
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