"Mad To Live" RIP JAMES HART

$17,500 of $10k goal

Raised by 309 people in 32 months
Brendon Charles  MULLICA HILL, NJ

*Please note that all proceeds are going directly to the Hart family. This page was set up by his best friends at Arizona State. Thank you so much for your contributions. 

They say that the friends you make in college are the friends you have for life. At this moment those words couldn't ring more true. Although we have lost our amazing friend Jimmy, his jounrey and story will forever live in our heart's. His love and passion for life was infectious and truly inspiring. He was an uplifitng soul who lived life to the absolute fullest while inspiring many people along his journey. 

As many of you may know by now, our friend Jimmy Hart passed away suddenly in Cambodia while backpacking with his great friend Derek. The Hart family wants to express their sincere gratitude for everything that was said about Jimmy and everything that was done for the family thus far. 

"Jimmy was living his dream. He was exploring new countries, visiting historic temples, meeting wonderful people, and helping those in need in countries all around the world. Each country brought new areas to explore, each river and stream brought new places to cool off and each hill brought new scenic views to admire and reflect upon. As Jimmy planned this trip so precisely and everything was going extremely well, no one could have expected this sad outcome." - Ray Miller (Father of Derek who accompanied Jim on his trip)

With the shock of such an event comes the reality that faces the Hart family at this time. The efforts in getting Jimmy back to the states and to his family have been challenging to say the least but the costs associated with everything that has taken place and has yet to be accomplished is going to be significant. As a result, we are hoping to fund enough money for the Harts during this trying time and defray some of the mounting costs in returning Jimmy to his family, his home, and to his final resting place. 

Jimmy was very passionate about writing and seeing the truth in life. His blog is so inspirtational and portrays his wonderful life every step of the way.  http://ifiweregoing.com/

Please help us get Jimmy back home. Your donation means everything. Thank you all so much! 

"I promise I shall never give up, & that I'll die yelling & laughing."
- James Hart

 
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Update 3
Posted by Brendon Medugno
32 months ago
Hey everyone -
Jim has started his trip home, he and his backpack are now in the possession of the US Embassy courier, on the way to Phnom Penh. Any funds exceeding the actual costs will be used for a scholarship program at Clearview Region Area High School in his name. Now we will always have something to remember him by. Thank you all so much for partaking in this fundraising for such an amazing soul. We miss you dearly Jimmy. God Bless
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Update 2
Posted by Brendon Medugno
32 months ago
Friends & Family -

first off, thank you all so much for the donations. We have managed to raise over 14k in a day for Jimmy's family. That is absolutely incredible and just goes to show how much of an amazing friend Jimmy was to all of us.

I have just received service information from one of his closest friends, Bill:

"James J Hart Jr. #88 July 27th 1984- March 30th 2014

FIRST VISITATION
When: Saturday, April 12th, 2014, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Location: Church Of Incarnation
Address 240 Main Street
Mantua, NJ

FUNERAL SERVICE
When: Saturday, April 12th, 2014, 12:00pm
Officiating Father Raymond P. Gormley
Location: Church Of Incarnation
Address 240 Main Street
Mantua, NJ

A celebration of his life will be follow, more information will be updated as it comes in.

Also, Jimmy's incredible journey has spread all over the nation and made top news:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2595179/New-Jersey-man-29-dies-suddenly-backpacking-Cambodia.html#comments-2595179

http://www.nj.com/gloucester-county/index.ssf/2014/04/mantua_native_clearview_regional_graduate_dies_while_traveling_in_cambodia.html#incart_river_default#incart_river_gloucester

http://sonofgam.com/2014/03/31/eulogy-of-a-great-young-man/

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Update 1
Posted by Brendon Medugno
32 months ago
Another update from Derek's dad:

Good news. Jim's ashes are being shipped back home to Jersey via The US Embassy. His cremation ceremony took place in Cambodia with Derek, which is what he meant when saying "Off into the wind he went, to explore all this beautiful limitless world has to offer" Jim's service date should be announced upon arrival. Jim's brother Don will be keeping us all informed. Thank you all so much for your continuous support on this. RIP James Hart

His great friend and travel partner Derek Miller had this to say:

"I want to thank everyone who has reached out to myself and/or Jims family. The overflow of messages and well wishes has been nothing short of tremendous. I am unfortunate to say that I just attended a celebration of life for my dear friend, which included an amazing blessing and chants by monks. It was truly one of the most impressive ceremonies that I have ever witnessed! It would have been exactly what he would have wanted. Being immersed in the culture, "being a local" as we would say. School children from the school next door also attended and paid their respects, which was some of our favorite parts of our journey; waving at and playing games with the school children along our route. So it was a perfect fitting. I would like to thank those with me today whom attended. The 4 of you know who you are, an I'll never forget it! That was then followed by the cremation of my best pal. Off into the wind he went, to explore all this beautiful limitless world has to offer! I'll catch up to ya some day mate! I love ya buddy. I miss you dearly! Follow your dreams! Never give up, seize the moment, be Mad To Live!"
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Frank Williams
32 months ago

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR DONATING! JIM WOULD BE PROUD. HE'D PROBABLY EVEN BUY YOU ALL BEERS. IT'D BE A BIG TAB, BUT HE HAD A BIG HEART. JIM WAS THE MAN. OVER 10 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN UNDER A DAY, NOT TO MENTION WHAT TD BANK HAS SET ASIDE. LET'S KEEP THIS FUND GOING TO HONOR ONE OF THE BEST GUYS WE EVER HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF KNOWING! HERE'S TO JIM!

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$17,500 of $10k goal

Raised by 309 people in 32 months
Created March 31, 2014
CW
$250
Charles J Walsh
30 months ago

In Memory of Jimmy

$50
Anonymous
32 months ago
VF
$25
VanBrill Family
32 months ago

What we have once enjoyed we can never lose; All that we love deeply, becomes a part of us.

GB
$50
Grace Bennetsen
32 months ago

I never met Jim but I wish I had. My heart goes out to the Hart family. God Bless.

PB
$50
Pat Boyer
32 months ago

"Those we love don't go away, They walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near, Still loved, still missed and very dear." In our thoughts and prayers.

NR
$25
Nirvana Rivera
32 months ago

I met Jimmy once at my friend's wedding. There was an unparalleled magnetism about his personality and I'm grateful I had the opportunity to follow his travels on his blog and on Facebook. Gone too soon, but he lived a beautiful life. I'll take inspiration from his adventurous spirit and carry it with me.

RF
$25
Robert Fischer
32 months ago

A man who knew where he was going in life. A man to which many others can learn from. A man who was taken too soon. I will always remember your outlook on life, your warming charm, and #88 for the rest of my living days. RIP Jimmy!

KC
$100
kieran cavanna
32 months ago

so sorry

$100
Anonymous
32 months ago
JY
$50
Jen Vodzak & Mark Yinger
32 months ago

Donna, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Frank Williams
32 months ago

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR DONATING! JIM WOULD BE PROUD. HE'D PROBABLY EVEN BUY YOU ALL BEERS. IT'D BE A BIG TAB, BUT HE HAD A BIG HEART. JIM WAS THE MAN. OVER 10 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN UNDER A DAY, NOT TO MENTION WHAT TD BANK HAS SET ASIDE. LET'S KEEP THIS FUND GOING TO HONOR ONE OF THE BEST GUYS WE EVER HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF KNOWING! HERE'S TO JIM!

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