Help Jon Fight Colon Cancer

$11,610 of $14k goal

Raised by 174 people in 31 months
Lawrence Jenkens   GREENSBORO, NC

Hi all,

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.

Lawrence Jenkens
Head, UNCG Art Department

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Update 25
18 months ago
Hi all. I am sorry to report that Jon learned in December that his cancer has come back and metastasized. Jon as always is doing what he needs to do with what seems to me an extraordinary wellspring of inner strength. He was started treatments, and he continues to be at work with the same dedication he has always shown.

I'd like to revive our campaign to help Jon and his family with the financial challenges that come with his treatment. This group was incredibly generous last year, and I know that your expression of support made an enormous difference to him.

Last year I promised mugs to donors over $30. I have these darned mugs, but I haven't yet faced the daunting task of getting them out to all of you. I apologize sincerely for that and will make that a priority. If you haven't pledged before I will send you a mug for a donation of $30 or more. If you are pledging again--thank you so much. I will get you the mug, but I have nothing else to offer except the satisfaction of assisting Jon and his family at a moment of real need.

Thank you all for your help in the past and in the future.

With best wishes,
Lawrence
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Update 24
28 months ago
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.

Best,
Lawrence
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Update 23
28 months ago
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...!

Many thanks,
Lawrence
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Update 22
29 months ago
Hi all,

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!

Best,
Lawrence
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Shandel Smith
29 months ago

Jon's surgery is tommorrow. My mom and i are in town and will be with him. I will update as soon as surgery is over . Thanks again for the support that uncg and everyone has shown

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Shandel Smith
29 months ago

Jon is scheduled for surgery in early April. Please continue to pray for him and his family. We are all doing well. Thanks again for your support

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Shandel Smith
30 months ago

I am Jons sister. He is a blessing to our family. I just wanted to thank everyone for the donations and prayers. The art department and UNCG have been wonderful to him. Thanks again for ur support

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$11,610 of $14k goal

Raised by 174 people in 31 months
Created February 10, 2014
NN
$100
Naomi Nicely
15 months ago
PL
$50
Pat Levitin
17 months ago

Jon- Wishing you well AGAIN! So sorry you are going through this again. Hugs Pat Levitin

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$30
Anonymous
18 months ago
$50
Anonymous
18 months ago
MB
$30
Michelle Blair
18 months ago

Nikki has told me much about you and your family. Hang in there, we are all pulling for you.

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DN
$50
Damon Newsom
18 months ago

Strength to Jon and his family.

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$30
Anonymous
18 months ago
DH
$200
D Holt
18 months ago

Let me know if you need anything, Jon.

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$25
Anonymous
18 months ago
$30
Anonymous
18 months ago
Shandel Smith
29 months ago

Jon's surgery is tommorrow. My mom and i are in town and will be with him. I will update as soon as surgery is over . Thanks again for the support that uncg and everyone has shown

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Shandel Smith
29 months ago

Jon is scheduled for surgery in early April. Please continue to pray for him and his family. We are all doing well. Thanks again for your support

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Shandel Smith
30 months ago

I am Jons sister. He is a blessing to our family. I just wanted to thank everyone for the donations and prayers. The art department and UNCG have been wonderful to him. Thanks again for ur support

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