Join the Fight for Mr. Geason
$21,320 of $21,000 goal
During a routine colonoscopy, doctors found cancerous polyps, though the disease seemed localized. However, tests following the routine polypectomy revealed that the cancer had metastasized in some of John’s lymph nodes. Faced with the possibility of a blood-borne disease, multiple physicians advised rigorous chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Now John’s long-deserved, well-earned west-bound retirement with his wife, Ann, has been all but annihilated by medical expenses. His retirement package barely covers a fraction of the initial costs of his treatment. Coverage through his wife’s employer is now the less financially debilitating option, though the deductible is staggering.
My Uncle -- one of the most significantly positive influences in my life, a man to whom I owe some of the best aspects of my identity as a husband, father, artist, and human being -- is in danger of being denied the quiet retired years he so wholly deserves. I’m writing this now, starting this GoFundMe account in order to help him. I want to help my Uncle land on his feet after what promises to be the most daunting struggle of his life. He’s done nothing but help me, my wife, my children, his family, friends, colleagues and students these past so many years, and now we’d like to try and return all those selfless favors. Maybe you’d like to help us do that... Please donate if you can. Any amount would mean more than we can express.
The benefit volleyball game at Brookfield High went wonderfully, and the Bobcats played their hearts out. We had a blast and were honored to see so much love and support for Mr. Geason. Thank you again, BHS, for organizing the SPIKE OUT CANCER games!
John is doing very well. His treatments have been going much smoother as of late and his spirits are high. The initial bumps in the road have leveled out significantly, and much of that has to do with this fundraiser. We have high hopes for the future.
More updates and messages to come. Thanks to those of you continuing to send messages -- it's greatly appreciated.
- John Slaney
Mr. Geason is planning to post a message here soon.
Thank you all again. It's been extraordinary.
After some deliberation, it's been decided that our fundraiser has run its course. The difference everybody has made in the course of John's treatment and simply his general outlook has been astounding; and a looming financial burden has been lifted by this flood of generosity.
That said, we'd like to express our deepest and most sincere thanks to all of you. Your donations, memories, and well-wishes have meant the world to John and his family. Thank you so much.
So, at MIDNIGHT (EST) on September 26th, 2014, following the upcoming benefit volleyball game at Brookfield High School this Friday, the JOIN THE FIGHT FOR MR. GEASON GoFundMe page will shut down. Again, we can't thank you enough for all you've done. Messages and comments can still be made on our fundraiser's FACEBOOK page, which will remain active indefinitely:
Sincerely and Humbly,
- John & Rachel Slaney
We'd love for everyone who is able to attend. The game is taking place at Brookfield High School in Brookfield, CT. Admission is FREE and the game begins at 5:30 pm (it's suggested that you arrive at least ten minutes before the game begins). There will be a bake/concession sale, as well as donation buckets... Proceeds will go to JOIN THE FIGHT FOR MR. GEASON!
This is an exciting event we're very much looking forward to, and we hope to see you there! Let's SPIKE OUT CANCER!
Not only did you touch the hearts of our children, but also ours as parents. Thank you for having such a positive influence on our daughter Megan. Your strength courage, and kindness have touched more people than you know. You and your family are in our hearts and prayers.
I belong to a super positive idea-sharing group on facebook, and one of my friends posted in it today asking for stories. She wanted examples that prove that one individual can make a difference, and was asking specifically for non-famous/ordinary people who we know personally. By the time I finished writing mine, I realized I had to share it here: "In today's schools, there are a lot of rules and pressures and statistics our teachers have to live up to. Even when I was a kid, I could see the stress and drain of energy this caused on many of our teachers. Luckily enough, there were those teachers who got up every morning and- even faced with all their challenges- found the energy within themselves to be fully present. They invested in every single one of their kids. They made a constant effort to get to know us, our dreams, our hopes, our young philosophies. Most of all, they treated us with RESPECT. In the school, all this was sometimes rare- and for some kids, it was the only time they got it at all, because they weren't getting it at home. These teachers went beyond their subjects. They didn't just teach English or music- they taught us compassion, critical thinking, introspection. They taught us how to evolve and grow and love it. How to embrace challenges, adapt to change, and how to listen. They taught us verbally, and by example. They made us into better people. They brought some of their students back from the edge of suicide or drug use, because they made us feel that someone cared, and that we weren't alone. One of these teachers was Mr. Geason. I was lucky enough to have him in middle school as well as high school, and he was one of those people who made a vast difference in many people's lives. Two days ago, I found out that he has been diagnosed with cancer. And in those two days, his students and community members have rallied to raise over $17,000 for him so far. It's so touching and incredible to read the comments and memories that so many people are posting about how he has influenced their lives. How he made them into better workers, better human beings, and even better parents... He taught these children... and because of his lessons, his attention and his love, they grew up to be better parents. And now they are teaching THEIR children those lessons, giving their children attention and love and respect, teaching them what it means to be a good person, too. And those kids are going to grow up, take the lessons they learned and keep spreading them out into the world... to improve their communities and lead by example, eventually inspiring even more people. So you see, the world is literally an *infinitely* better place, all because of one person."
I asked Mr. Geason to do my 'oh captain my captain' memorization in the hall in high school when nobody was around, of COURSE he let me. It was always a good day when Mr. Geason was around. If he made a difference in your life, let's pay it back to him.
One of the greatest teachers to walk the halls of Brookfield High School and is a key reason why I chose to study english in college. Hoping and praying for a healthy recovery.
Mr. Geason was one of my favorite English teachers and one of the reasons I decided to become an English teacher myself. His love for his students was so obvious. He really tried to make meaningful connections with each of us. I'll be praying for his health.
John Geason was such a kind and encouraging teacher to my son Chris - one of the very few that took the time to see his talents and be so encouraging. This is a heartbreaking story, but I hope he knows what a tremendous imact he made on so many students. That is the most important and much needed gift.