We ask that you share this memorial so that we are able to reach as many of our friends as we can with details regarding Jack's passing.
On June 18th, 2017 John Robert Ruder passed away. He was an incredibly driven and intelligent individual, as well as a loving son and brother. We are devastated beyond words by such a loss. He loved to play basketball on the Saint Francis High School Varsity team, and continued on with intramural basketball at Cal Poly San Louis Obispo. He was so entreprenuerial: starting and monetizing a YouTube channel that grew to over 600,000 subscribers, and pursued business start-up ventures in his free time. We know he touched the lives of many while he was here with us, whether it be his friends, business partners, or his family who loves him so much.
For those of you who did not know what he was struggling with, Jack was very sick. It was too soon to have an exact diagnosis but he was experiencing bipolar and schizophrenic symptoms, and in the end was not able to persevere through his suffering. Our family wants to tell his story because all too often stories like his go unspoken, creating stigma around an illness where endless amounts of support are needed. Within the medical realm today a cure does not exist for such an illness, but one can learn to survive and even thrive in life with the right medication and therapy. We hope that in Jack's passing we might be able to honor him by doing anything we can to provide assistance in bettering the available treatments. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you donate to this fund in Jack's name— 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (also known as NARSAD: National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia & Depression).
You can view the organization here: https://www.bbrfoundation.org/
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