My apologies for not updating the site for so long--the end of the semester is always chaotic. It is thrilling to see our total at $10,485 or 74.89% of our total goal.
I spoke to Jon the other day, and I know several department faculty members have been to see him. Jon is doing well, recovering from the surgery and moving around well. He has, though, started his second round of chemotherapy, and it will go on for four months. Jon is also facing one more major surgery, to remove the colostomy bag; this will likely come at the end of this cycle of chemotherapy. Jon sounds upbeat and positive--which was great to hear.
We are so close to our goal of $14,000. I hope that if you are still considering a donation of any amount, that you will go ahead and pledge. Jon has gotten over some major hurdles, but there are more, and they are costly. Our hope is still to remove the pressure of medical bills as Jon continues to fight so strongly against his cancer.
I'm away from the office for the next eight weeks, traveling abroad with students. I'll continue to monitor the fund site--and thank you all again for your amazing support so far and to come.
Good news! Jon is home from the hospital and doing fine. His mother is there helping out--I'm sure he is still uncomfortable, but home is always better than the hospital! Thanks again for all your support. We are so very close to $10,000, which would be a fantastic milestone to pass this Easter weekend...!
I have heard from Jon's family that his surgery went well yesterday. It lasted six hours--Jon is ok but obviously still in pain. I will keep you all updated as I learn more, but it is a big relief to have the surgery over with and the healing underway. Again, thank you all for your wonderful support throughout the spring. We are very close to $10,000 and at almost 70% of our total goal. It is amazing!
I haven't heard anything yet about Jon's surgery yesterday, but I will update everyone as soon as I do. I'm sure he is glad to have it behind him, although these first few days post-op will certainly be hard.
As Shandel said below, Jon is in surgery today. We will post updates as we hear. In the meantime he is very much in our thoughts today.
Another Friday sees us almost almost at 2/3's of our fund raising goal. You all are tremendous! Jon's surgery is also looming near--in about two weeks. We will make another push to move closer to our final goal before he goes into the hospital so that he can focus all his energy on the recovery and healing that will follow surgery.
Thanks to everyone and happy weekend!
We just passed the $9000 mark--great news! Thanks again to all who have been so generous. I hope we can make it to our goal by the time of Jon's surgery in early April.
Hi all. I've been in China for the last 10 days--what a delight to get home this evening and to find the fund at almost $9000. Our goal of $14,000 now seems completely feasible, and we will continue to push this month to get there. Jon's surgery is scheduled in early April, and I hope he can go into that knowing that at least the financial burden of it has been lifted.
Thanks to all who have contributed. The response really is fantastic.
As the weekend begins we are at $8100 dollars, a remarkable figure in just two and a half weeks. We are all amazing! Jon has already been able to pay off his first out-of-pocket expenses which I know removes a whole layer of stress from an already stressful situation, so we have done a really good thing. We have more to do, but our goal is now more than a light at the end of the tunnel, it is so possible!
Hope everyone has a great weekend.
So close to $8000. I can't say awesome enough!
Wow, wow, wow! 50% of our goal! Thanks so much to all of you. Lawrence
Our fundraiser to help Jon Smith with the expenses related to treatment for his colon cancer just passed the two-week mark, and we have raised an incredible $6,950--just $50 short of 50% of our target figure. The response and outpouring of support has been overwhelming, and I know Jon appreciates those good wishes as much as the funds. He is doing well right now, having finished as intense course of radiation and chemotherapy (simultaneously), but he faces surgery, probably in April. We will leave the campaign up as long as we have to--if you haven't already please consider supporting Jon as he fights to overcome this terrible challenge. If you have already donated, thank you most sincerely from all of us at the UNCG Art Department. I would also appreciate any help you might give us in terms cross-posting this on listservs you belong to and on your own websites. I have put it on the UNCG, UNCG CAS, Weatherspoon, SECAC, and Tri-State Sculptors Facebook pages. Please like any of all of them if you are a Facebook user.
Many thanks for this extraordinary show of generosity.
Friday evening and we are at $6480--a very impressive total indeed! I hope we can make $7000 by Tuesday--that would be 50% of our goal in just two weeks. Whatever comes, it has been awesome so far, thanks to all of you.
Have a great weekend! Lawrence
Just over $6250--can we make it to $7000 (50% of our goal) by the end of the week? Please spread the word!
Over $6000 now--this is truly awesome!
Hi all. We are now just over a week into this fundraising effort and we are at $5430 or 38.8 % of our goal. At the risk of repeating myself--you all are amazing! This is a wonderful thing to watch; when there is so much awful news it is reassuring to see a community of people come together to support one of our own. There is still more to do, though, and I'd appreciate anything you might do to get the word out about the fund--post on your Facebook page or to some other social media platform. If there is a way you think I can spread the word and the link, please feel free to let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Mugs are in production--and a big thanks to Eddie Mendoza for his wonderful design--and for those of you at the super kind level I will be sending them out as soon as we have them. See photo below.
Thanks again and my heartfelt gratitude to all of you.
Art Deoartment "Thank You" mug
We've passed the $5,000 mark--extraordinary! Thanks everyone!
So close to $5000! Maybe over the weekend. Hope everyone stays warm and dry! Good night!
We are now 30% of the way towards our goal. I am so impressed and grateful to all of you who have made this possible. We are still going, though, and any help you can give us by spreading the word--posting this on websites, bulletin boards and whatever else there is out there that I don't understand--would be much appreciated!
Thanks again, Lawrence
Very close to $3500. It warms the heart on a cold evening to see this happen. Thanks again to all of you.
We just went over $3000--if I haven't said it already, this is an incredible group of people. Thanks to all of you on behalf of UNCG's Art Department.
At the 24 hour mark and we are very close to 20% of our goal. You all rock!
WOW! Over $2000 in less than 24 hours. Thank you to everyone who has been so generous! Lawrence
Jon Smith has been a huge and valuable part of the Art Department and the sculpture area at UNCG since he was a student here in the early 1990s. He has run the foundry and taught all levels of sculpture since 1998.
Jon was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer just before Christmas 2013. While that kind of news is devastating, there is lots of hope for a full recovery. The battle, though, has been and will be long and exhausting. Jon has already finished an aggressive round of chemotherapy and radiation and faces surgery this spring. He has health insurance, fortunately(!), but he and his family still face thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket medical and related expenses. The Art Department is sponsoring this fund raiser in the hope that we can give back to Jon at least something of what he has given all of us for so many years.
Please help us help Jon so that at least the burden of cost is lifted from his shoulders as he continues to fight his cancer. Every gift is appreciated, and you can also help by spreading the word--please post this to your Facebook page and anywhere else you can. The more people with Art Department connections who see this the better we will do.
On behalf of Jon, his family, and all of us at the Art Department,
Many, many thanks.
Head, UNCG Art Department