Jon Downing Needs Your Help
On May 26, 2010, Jon was admitted to OSF St. Francis Medical Center after collapsing at home in severe back pain. CT and MRI revealed a spinal lesion and destruction of a thoracic vertebra. He underwent surgery to remove the tumor and stabilize the spine. He returned to work after a 6 week recovery. The tumor was malignant. Close monitoring would include labs and MRI and follow up with Illinois Cancer Center. We would look forward to him reaching the 'five year mark' which meant the chances of a return of cancer would be very low.
Jon did very well with no sign of new tumors until he experienced an episode of severe back pain again in October, 2015. Labs and MRI indicated multiple spinal lesions in region of the pelvis. He was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. Chemotherapy was recommended and a back brace.
Since the initiation of chemotherapy which required weekly visits to the oncologist and frequent diagnostic testing, Jon has had to miss 1 to 2 days of work per week.
Jon is scheduled for a stem cell transplant in Chicago in March. He will undergo a procedure to collect the stem cells in February, and then return in 1 week for 3 days of high dose chemotherapy, followed by a stem cell transplant. He is expected to be in the hospital for 18 days, released to a local 'medical apartment' for 2 weeks before returning home. He has been told to expect to be off work between 2 to 6 months. He is hopeful to achieve remission for multiple myeloma.
Although Jon and his family are very thankful for good medical and disability insurance, medical expenses and loss of income will be substantial. We understand it's an unrealistic goal to ask the community to relieve him of the total cost of his treatment, any contribution would be graciously accepted. There is no donation too small.
Again, many thanks again to our family and friends, the Uftring family and Auto Group and all the many others who have been a help in so many ways. We are truly grateful.
Please consider helping the family with evening meals. I have set up a CareCalendar account for this. I will contine to update more needs (childcare, errands, rides, etc.) as we go. Check out the link below to access Jon and Mandy Downing 's CareCalendar site. http://www.carecalendar.org/logon/230505 Enter the following information in the appropriate spaces: Calendar ID : 230505 Security code : 9112 Thank you and God Bless
Just wanted to let everyone know how blessed and amazing your support and prayers have been. Thank you from Jonathan and I for all your love as we go through this journey. We are keeping positive and hoping and praying for a good outcome. Thank you all again to the many who have donated already. Words can't describe how much we are thankful.
We love you Jon Jon!! You are so precious to our family!!! What a journey this has been so far for you. Your optimism and general outlook on life is an inspiration even for those who aren't battling a terrible disease! So thankful for the outpouring of support so many people have given for you!!