Aaron's Fight with Brain Cancer

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Raised by 565 people in 15 months
Created November 11, 2017

Aaron passed on July 21st, 2018, His memorial and birthday celebration will be on August 18th (he would have turned 41 on the 16th). Please check the latest update for information. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Aaron to The James Cancer Hospital, Glioblastomas Multiforme Brain Tumor Research Fund. The link is http://bit.ly/giftklam 

From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for all the love shown to Aaron, Ianna, and the family. Your contributions made a significant difference in allowing Aaron to finish his final journey on this earth as easy as possible, with the love of his life by his side and with every option medically possible. Your generosity was amazing; and I know he was completely floored (and often in tears) at the amount of donors and people who came to rally by his side.  The messages you posted were very special, I know some of you never even knew him, but took the time our of your day to send your messages and love. You truly made a difference, he was someone so special and dear to me and I am so happy that he had the opportunity to feel so much love over this past year. Thank you so much. 

- Jimmy 


This page is dedicated to my best friend and brother, Aaron Klamut who has been diagnosed with Grade 4 Glioblastoma/Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM ) Brain Cancer.

This rare form of malignant brain cancer is not only aggressive, but incurable and it is terminal.

The prognosis is grim, however with the proper care and the right plan of treatment, we can maximize the time he has with us. With the advancement in medicine and new GBM treatments and procedures (inlcuding clinical trials) we are hoping and praying for the best possible scenario. 

Aaron needs to defy the statistics and survive this. 

The odds are against us all in this battle, the obstacle is an immovable however we are determined to look at it in the face and yell to this evil, that if it must take Aaron down this path, we will not allow him to go quietly and without a fight. 

We are looking to raise funds to support this battle and to help in this tragic battle that has been forced upon Aaron.  The goal is to get the very treatment available, no matter what or where. 

All donations and funds will be used to help cover all related medical treatment and support that is not covered by insurance. Aaron is a self-employed craftsman and is now unable to work; donations will also assist in covering basic necessities and living expenses.  All excess funds will be donated to brain cancer funds and research.

Who is Aaron?

I want to tell you about Aaron. He is a son, friend, brother and overall an amazing person.  Aaron is a warm soul who brings light and smiles to those he touches and uniquely is someone you will never forget. He is a selfless, caring indivdual who loves life and one thing anyone would ever tell you about him is, he does life with kindness and heart.  

Well versed in the arts, this amazing man has traveled the world in nearly every continent, speaks three different languages (trained linguist with multipe degrees from Ohio State), can play multiple instruments, and has even toured with bands across the  county, and in Europe. As a humble man and kind soul, he would be the first to offer a stranger assistance or help anyone in need if he had the means to do so. 

By trade Aaron is a expert custom craftsman who can create magic with his hands and a hammer. Well known for restoring Victorian homes, he also crafts amazing pieces from restored wood, many of which can be found in the Columbus area.  You've most likely enjoyed a beer on a bar he built, sat on a chair he made, and looked at something he made somewhere and said "man, that is awesome."

He also is a tournament pinball player, yes really.  

If you ever met Aaron, you'd instantly smile. He is humble, kind, and a caring individual who warms the world and those he touches.  The type of person that you'd want to know and love, a genuine heart that is a rare find. 

As only children, we grew up together, doing everything and anything since the day we met in afterschool programs at 6 years old in Lakewood, Ohio. We were inseaperable, having each other growing up; both only children raised by single mothers (he having his dad and me my grandmother). As children and into our teens, we most likely spent half the time with each other. Our days were spent playing with Transformers, watching MTV, riding skateboards, and our nights playing video games and "raiding the fridge" for snacks. Polar opposites in personality we balanced each other out, however somehow were the same - Yin and Yang.  As adults, I moved to California to chase dreams and he moved to Columbus, Ohio for college.

Aaron is my very best friend, the god-father of my son, and someone who helped shape who I am as a person. Our families considered each other brothers growing up, and we always had each other.  When my wife became pregnant, he came and visited - when my son was born - he came to meet this new addition in my life and his godson. On vacations Aaron would come with us and is part of my family now as he always has been in the past. 

When I found out of this situation and then heard he was going in for a biopsy, I jumped on a plane flew from California to Columbus.  However the night before I was scheduled to fly out, they pushed up his biopsy and surgery. I knew he would be alright but I needed to see it with my eyes. 

Upon landing, I drove straight to the hopsital and they were in the process of changing Aaron into a new room. In that new room is where I waited to surprise him as they did the transfer...shorts and t-shirt in an empty room waiting for my best friend to be brought in. It was shocking to see what he was going through and even more painful as this is now a reality, but also relieved when I saw him.

With a heavy heart and tears in my eyes, I am starting this page on behalf of my brother.

Unbalanced Weakness.

In Septmeber, Aaron began to have a sense of unexplained weakness in the legs. In mid October, the sense of weakness had increased to the point that while on a job at work, he had to stop working and went home immediately for rest.

The pain had reached the point where it was unbearable, Ianna (Aaron's deloved) took him to the  Affordable Care Health Clinic for a blood test to see if he was deficient in anything and evaluation.  Blood tests came back normal, but his walking became worse so a MRI was ordered.

Thank you to the staff at Affordable Care Health Clinic for being amazing for getting this process expedited, a special tthank you to Diann Nelson-Houser, CNP and Becky for being so incredibly empathetic and helpful.

MRI and Discovery

On October 21st he began experiencing severe headaches and his balance became even worse.

The MRI was conducted on the 31st and the doctor who read the MRI immediately called the clinic which called Aaron in for an emergency consultation. Aaron was told to go to the Riverside Methodist Emergency room immediately.

The doctor who read the scans said that there were several masses in the brain that might be multiple sclerosis and tumors. The MRI showed multiple masses with one prominent mass in the center of the brain (specifically located in the center of the Corpus Collosum), between the two halves of the brain. Heartbreaking and shocking, the image below is the actual MRI taken.

A second, more detailed MRI discarded the possibility of MS but couldn't tell much about the state of the tumors, so a biopsy was ordered for November 6th.

Confirmed Cancer.

Due to the condition Aaron was in, his surgery and biopsy was moved up in date to the 3rd. Brain surgery was conducted, the surgery was successful and biposy was completed. We waited for results patiently and on Novemeber 7th, the doctors came in to tell us that indeed it was a malignant tumor and Stage 4 Glioblastoma. Surrounded by family, the news crushed all of us, we had received the only news we feared.  The doctors detailed to us the condition and the gravity of the situation informing us that we must act quickly as it is an aggressive cancer. 

Round 1 - FIGHT! The battle begins. 

With the love of his beloved Ianna, parents, the hundreds of AMAZING friends and those he touched through the years, Aaron is finding strength for the battle. Our dear friend, just days after surgery and receiving the news, was undeterred and stood up on his own and slowly walked to the restroom.

On the day I flew back to California, we had some time to talk and I told him, this is THE FIGHT.  You must fight for those you love, fight for time and fight for your life, "you aren't going anywhere and better fight for everyone who cares about you."

This page is a call to arms to support for Aaron, the financial support will be used for necessities and all other costs that insurance doesn't cover. The costs to travel to hospitals, for opinions, and any related medical treatment.  Any excess amount will be donated to brain cancer funds and research.

If you do not have the means to donate, please show your support by sending best wishes and prayers, we are reaching for miracles and praying with eveyrthing we have...please join us, someone, somewhere may just hear you as well.

Thank you to everyone involved over these past few weeks, your support is greatly appreciated. A HUGE thank you for all the kind care for Aaron to the entire staff and doctors at OhioHealth and Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus. We are lucky to have your kind care, empathy, and attention. 

More than anything Aaron needs your love and support. 

The power of love is something that medicine cannot gauge and measure. The power of belief and hope is something that can't be explained, the word miracle itself exists in the dictionary for reason. The fighting spirit is within all of us and we need to tap into this for Aaron and give him all the love and strenth we can for this battle.

We need to believe and need your strenth, whoever you are please send prayers and wishes for our dear friend as this fight begins.

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Hi friends and everyone :) Hope you are all staying warm during this winter season.

If you are like me, and seeing this email, you most likely are thinking about a wintery "Aaron story" or can picture him in a signature beanie, that bright red nose of his, and in most recent times, that blue jacket.

I just wanted to let you all know that the "Aaron Klamut Glioblastoma Multiforme Brain Tumor Research Fund" has now been setup - http://go.osu.edu/klamutfund

All donations will go directly to The James supporting glioblastoma research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (“OSUCCC – James”).

Thank you so much again for your donations and making a difference. Your contributions and love will always be remembered his family and loved ones.

- Jimmy
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From Ianna...

"Our dear friend Aaron Beck wrote a simply beautiful obituary for Aaron, and his incredible wife Michelle Maguire shot and supplied the heart-throbbing, soul-piercing photo. Beck unfortunately had to chop up the obituary so it wouldn't cost a fortune to put in the newspaper (which came out this past Saturday in the Columbus Dispatch and Cleveland Plain Dealer) - this digital version is located here ( http://bit.ly/aaronklamut) but here is the original masterpiece with no precious word omitted:

Aaron Matthew Klamut—a woodworker, musician, traveler, cook, multilingual speaker, listener and learner who applied an artist’s touch and a craftsman’s precision to everything he did—died on July 21 at his home in Columbus, Ohio.

He was 40 years old.

The cause was the aggressive form of brain cancer known as glioblastoma multiforme, which Aaron and his loving family and partner Ianna Kristiansen had fought with the Neuro-Oncology Department at The James Cancer Hospital since late last year.

Aaron was born on August 16, 1977, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Maralee “Mattie” Rodgers (née Slusarczyk) and David Klamut.

As he was graduating from Lakewood High School in 1995, Aaron told his guidance counselor that his immediate destiny was to be a card dealer on the Riviera.

The counselor, impressed not only by Aaron’s chutzpah, maturity, precocious social skills and adventuresome nature, saw in Aaron a model U.S. ambassador. She recommended him for a Rotary exchange program, suggesting that he make his way to Europe and let the cards fall where they may.

Aaron landed in Austria, where he continued his studies at a high school in the city of Bregenz. He learned to speak the region’s specific dialect and spent time traveling throughout France, the Czech Republic, Germany and Italy. He dealt no cards during his time abroad, but the experience helped him make his next move stateside.

Aaron studied German at The Ohio State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in 2000. He then worked for several merchants in and around the North Market, including Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, North Market Poultry & Game and Benevolence Cafe.

A bassist and drummer, he played and toured in the bands American Jobs, Jam Division, Tigers in the Mirror and Nathan Snell & the Country Sound. When he wasn’t playing music or working, he was improving and enriching the lives of everyone he met.

Contributing to the culture of Skylab, the downtown Columbus gallery, performance space and co-op. Sharing meals with friends. Competing in pinball tournaments. Sharpening knives. Perfectly carving chickens. Climbing trees. Building custom furniture and art frames. Changing the brakes on the Econoline work van he customized. Helping friends and family with whatever they needed help with. Making various forms of music. Studying languages. (In addition to German, Aaron spoke fluent Portuguese and was studying Spanish to enrich his travels to Argentina for visits with his partner Ianna’s family.)

Every moment he lived was an opportunity to grow.

“The only thing I ever heard him complain about was not having enough hours in the day to pursue all his interests,” said Aaron’s mother.

Aaron’s father David said, “At every stage of his life, Aaron always amazed us. I could not be more proud of the man he grew up to become.”

In 2005, Aaron began to work alongside woodworker Kevin Brubaker, a carpenter and cabinetmaker who specializes in one-of-a-kind house and barn restorations in central Ohio.

“Anything he had an interest in, he’d excel at it,” said Brubaker. “He was naturally good with tools and he knew a lot about electronics because of his music background, so I put him to work.

“A lot of my clients have the money to do a lot of creative things, and I eventually just turned over the artistic elements of the jobs to Aaron. He’d come up with something, and all the little touches would be amazing. It was a total student-becomes-the-teacher thing. All of our best stuff, Aaron touched.

“But I was always also impressed how he treated all people with equal respect. At first I thought, well, it’s because he was raised by cool hippies, but it went so much deeper than that. Every single person whose house Aaron was in was immediately drawn to him.”

On two occasions, Aaron helped remodel portions of Dr. Kelly Conklin’s house in Victorian Village.

“He always had such strong opinions about food, about a solution to a problem, about aesthetics,” Conklin said. “But at the same time, he was so easygoing and curious and open-minded.

“Kevin has a lot of recurring customers and he’d always hear something like, ‘Ok, and when you come back, is Aaron coming with you?’ He brought such a buzz. He was just a fun person to talk to about everything and he was always a wealth of information and inspiration.”

In addition to Ianna, his partner of 10 years, Aaron is survived by his mother Mattie, of Cleveland; his father David and his stepmother Theresa Fredericka, of Lakewood; Ianna’s parents Mary and Peter Kristiansen, of Buenos Aires, Argentina; his beloved dogs Nola and Ellie; Mama, his hilarious cat; and all of the friends, family, acquaintances, and strangers fortunate enough to have shared the world that Aaron electrified with his combination of quiet, poetic power, graceful physicality and immense, understated cool.

“Everything he did, he did with purpose and determination and he did everything on his own terms,” said Jimmy Mai, Aaron’s lifelong friend. “I think he always knew his time was short, which is why he always took in as much as he could.”

Friends and family will honor Aaron with a celebration of his incredible life from 3 to 8 p.m., Saturday Aug. 18 at the Oracle, 1159 Oak St., in Columbus, Ohio. All who knew Aaron—on any level—are welcome."
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From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for all the love shown to Aaron, Ianna, and the family. Your contributions made a significant difference in allowing Aaron to finish his final journey on this earth as easy as possible, with the love of his life by his side and with every option medically possible. Your generosity was amazing; and I know he was completely floored (and often in tears) at the amount of donors and people who came to rally by his side. The messages you posted are very special, I know some of you never even knew him, but took the time our of your day to send your messages and contributed to the campaign. You truly made a difference. He was someone so special and dear to me and I am so happy that he had the opportunity to feel so much love over this past year. Thank you so much for caring, and all your love.

- Jimmy
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With a heavy heart, on behalf of the Ianna and the family, we would like to share with you that Aaron passed this morning at 11:25 EST. He was surrounded by family, friends...literally a whole room of love as he passed.

Thank you so much for the support, kind wishes, and donations to this campaign. You all have been amazing and because of you, Aaron was able to complete the final chapter of life with the ones he loved the most, worry free and stress free.

This campaign and page will remain open, please feel free to comment and send messages.

If you have any pictures you'd like to share of Aaron please email them to pics@aaronklamut.com. These will be featured on the website which will showcase his life and journey.

I will update you as soon as we have information on the memorial and funeral. Thank you so much for all your love and support.

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