Tribute to Jay Mahan & Family

These people helped raise Maya (and by that I mean they graciously welcomed her into their home when Maya and Bailey became great friends) when we moved to AZ. They are like her 2nd Family. Jay’s daughter, Bailey is/was Madison’s favorite babysitter. Bailey works for a local not-for-profit organization and her brother is a registered nurse at a local hospital. This wonderful family is giving and kind. Jay was the guy who showed up if your car broke down or you had a flat tire without expectation. He was just that kind of guy. Always helping others. They would not normally ask for anything but have graciously allowed me to create this campaign on their behalf.

 On August 17, 2018 Jay Mahan passed away suddenly. Bailey was there for him and performed CPR but Jay’s health issues were too great. Over the past 4 years Jay struggled with a multitude of medical issues mostly stemming from kidney cancer. He received treatment and went into remission. However, on June 27, 2018 Jay was then diagnosed with brain, lung and adrenal cancer caused by metastasized renal cell carcinoma. Just 3 months before Jay was give a clean bill of health and was “cancer free”. This sudden and unexpected diagnosis left Jay’s  family with fear of the future.  However, they were not expecting only 7 weeks left with Jay. Jay was a fighter. Jay and his wife, Donna, enjoyed 34 wonderful years together but hoped for many more.  They were lucky enough to enjoy buying their 1st home 2 yrs ago.

A mere 5 weeks before Jay was diagnosed with metastasized cancer his wife, Donna, had open heart surgery to replace a valve due to a congenital heart defect. Although her heart is beating just fine now, she suffered from two minor strokes during the surgery.  Due to the placement of the strokes she was left with a deficit on the left side requiring her to relearn how to eat and use her hands which impacted her ability to function at her job.  During rehabilitation she exhausted all PTO and vacation time that she had accumulated.  She continues to struggle with some health concerns but remains strong.

These are hard working people who give back to their community.  Donna will need to sell the house and move.  The medical expenses, end of life expenses, and day-to-day expenses on a single income have devastated this family. Anything will help. Literally $5-$25 will pay a bill and alleviate this family's stress. ❤️ 



  • Anonymous 
    • $250 
    • 18 mos
  • Kristy Siros 
    • $50 
    • 21 mos
  • Vanessa Tyler 
    • $15 
    • 21 mos
  • Vanessa Tyler 
    • $15 
    • 21 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 21 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Amy Gould 
Donna Mahan 
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