Jason Edward Dudley Funeral Fund

My family and I are attempting to reach out to the many people who "Dudley" touched with his love for life. 

On the morning of Saturday, February 24th, our family was contacted by a 911 dispatcher and informed that my brother had suffered cardiac arrest and was currently receiving care at the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.  

After speaking with the doctors, we learned Jason was initially received as a patient at the Clark Regional Medical Hospital in Winchester and transported to UK.  The details prior to his arrival at UK are sketchy at best and we are still in the process of figuring out the circumstances leading up to this tragic event.  What we do know is that Jason was unresponsive for several minutes and necessary life saving steps were initiated.  Unfortunately, it was revealed Jason had suffered significant brain damage due to the lack of oxygen to his brain and would need to remain on a ventilator.  Conclusive tests would not be conducted until all hospital administered medication was processed out of system.  

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My sister and I immediately made arrangements to bring my mother from Florida and was able to purchase a plane ticket to Lexington so we could spend Dudley's last few moments together as a family and support Jason through this tragedy.   For the next 6 days we celebrated Jason's life as a family at his bedside and shared numerous stories.  Some funny, some sad, some inspirational, some unbelievable. 

Sadly, on Thursday, March 1st, the doctors were able to begin the protocol of testing and in fact corroborated the news that we were expecting but didn't want to hear... Jason was brain dead. 

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Jason was known by many names.  Some called him Sasquatch.  Grizzly Adams.  Jed.  Shrek.  But most called him Dudley.  He loved the outdoors and was happiest when playing music with his friends and hanging out with those that enjoyed life as much as he did.  


Tragedy into triumph... As a family we have decided to honor Jason's wishes to be an organ donor.  While he remains on the ventilator, Jason is currently being evaluated at UK by the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates.   It is our hope that we will soon learn about the many lives Jason will impact so that his spirit for the love of life will continue to live.   

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 Due to Jason's love for the outdoors, we will also be attempting to honor another one of his wishes that have been discussed by Jason and with some of his closest friends.  Jason wanted to be cremated and his ashes spread in some of the many areas that he frequented and felt at peace.  Of course this will occur over the span of a couple of weekends when the weather is more accommodating and his closest friends are available.  

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Since his passing was unexpected to all of us, we are reaching out to family and friends to assist in covering the expenses.  Any immediate money raised will be used to cover the cost of cremation.  Additional funds collected will be used to cover any unforeseen expenses, special gifts for the 26 staff members (9 RN's, 7 NCT's, 5 Dr's, 5 additional support staff) of the Intensive Care Unit at UK Hospital that provided outstanding care for my brother and emotional support to family and friends during the those 8 days.  Any remaining will be used for travel costs for my mother's return to Florida. 

He will be survived by his mother, Jeanie Dudley of Leesburg, FL; brother, Jimmer Dudley; Sister, Cindy Dudley; nephews, Chris Dudley and Cole Dudley, and a niece, Anna Grace Dudley all of Frankfort, KY.  

If you are unable to donate monetarily, please feel free to share a Dudley story in the comments or through any other means of which you feel comfortable.  

Sincerely, 
James "Jimmer" Dudley

Donations ()

  • Shannon Romer 
    • $25 
    • 25 mos
  • Ashley Watkins 
    • $50 
    • 25 mos
  • Amy Oliver  
    • $25 
    • 26 mos
  • Tincher Family 
    • $100 
    • 26 mos
  • Kimberly Carolan 
    • $100 
    • 26 mos
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Organizer

Jimmer Dudley 
Organizer
Frankfort, KY
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