Jesse Albert Thomas Searles, was born on February 24th 1965 into a BIG beautiful family, with six sisters and 1 brother. Born and raised in Maryland, where he eventually decided to start a family of his own.
Jesse dedicated his young adult life to improving himself , but most importantly he helped change peoples lives. He was able to teach and guide others to learn from his experience, and share his hope. Not only did he help, but he made everyone around him laugh. He would always be the first person on the dance floor, getting the party started, and he never hesitates getting the karaoke party going with a little Johnny Cash!
Jesse married Emily Smolin, a local girl he grew up with, tall and beautiful she finally looked across the room and whispered the words "I Love you ", his jaw dropped and since then they have created a beautiful, crazy and loving family.
Rachel was born on January 10th 1994 and he gave her the nicknames: Sunshine, pee bow, peanut, and Ray ray. Jesse has always been the king of nicknames. On July 30th 1996 they had their 2nd child; Brian Matthew Searles. Also known as; buddy bear, bdubs. Jesse and Emily had started to achieve their dreams. Shortly after Brian was born Emily was diagnosed with a rare back/pain disorder called Arachnoiditis, which is caused by the inflammation of one of the membranes that surrounds and protects the nerves of the spinal cord.
They decided they did not want to raise their family in the city, with poor school ratings and a new neighbor that sold drugs. They made the move to Myersville, Maryland. On August 15th 2001 they brought Jamie Lynn Searles(j bird) into the world. Many kids around to
wn knew him as Coach Jesse, the enthusiastic 3rd base coach that sent his kids sliding into home plate too often.
Jesse has always been the sole provider, and the glue that holds his family together, no matter what. He always said, "You can't spell dysfunctional without FUN."
FAST FORWARD ------->>>>>
In 2014 the Searles family moved to Chico ,California after their losing house and filing for bankruptcy. The family always dreamed of living the " California Dream" and they finally got the chance to!
Jesse took a HUGE pay cut and started working at the bottom as a worker. He showed up everyday ,even when the guys would give him a hard time about being the "new guy", he didn't think twice. Jesse lived and breathed work. He would do anything to support his family. He moved his way up in his new company, and everyone had warmed up to him.
(this whole time his cancer was spreading)
After a months of complaining about chest pain,Emily , convinced him to get tested and go to a doctor. After 3 tries Enloe Hospital said it was Stage 4 terminal, Cancer of the Thymus.....
When Jesse was diagnosed it was a shock to everyone to say the least. Cancer of the Thymus is very rare, the thymus is a small organ that lies in the upper chest under the breastbone. A few weeks after he was diagnosed, the Chemotherapy started.....
Many of you have been following and supporting our family through this insane journey. From all of the Chemo sessions, to U.C. Davis doctors confirming his cancer has spread (ranging from in the brain,chest, collar bone, liver, pelvic region and various other random spots) and surgery not being an option, to all of the hospital stays from pneumonia, and the time he had a stroke,and thru all the blood, sweat and tears. We want to thank you.
Most recently, Jesse was told that the Cancer masses in his brain were rapidly growing. His doctor put him on Chemotherapy, and radiation directly to his brain.
Sadly, the 2 large masses in his brain were unresponsive to the chemo and radiation. They were still growing larger. Jesse was admitted to the hospital with Neutropenic fever (low white blood cell count) which has become normal for the family after he endures his chemo treatments this happened a lot.
This trip to the hospital was anything but normal. They had fixed his fever, but Jesse's health was diminishing fast. He was unable to speak and unable to remember basic tasks, like using his cell phone. Jesse was confused and angry.
After being in the hospital for over a week, his team of doctors met with Jesse and his wife to make a plan.
"There is nothing more we can do for your Cancer."
The words Jesse and his family never wanted to hear. There was no point to continue to stick him with needles, or inject poison into his body. There was no point to make him stay in a sterile, lonely hospital room.
According to the doctors opinion and Jesse's advanced directive that he wrote months before, it was time to bring Jesse home to Hospice. Home to be comfortable.
Jesse Searles, will be spending these final days at his home his family rents in Chico. He will be surrounded by people that love him, and cared for by his wife and daughters. A nurse will come to make sure his pain level is good and make him as comfortable as he can be.
Jesse selflessly supported his family, and worked hard everyday of his life. He deserves to be with his children and wife. He deserves to not be in pain. He deserves peace.
We started this gofundme, to make sure that my dads final moments on this Earth are exactly what he deserves. Donations will be used to help with extra Hospice costs and Jesse's daily living expenses.
Every donation goes directly into Jesse's bank account.
Unfortunately, we are also making arrangements for his celebration of life/funeral. Jesse's wishes are to be cremated, and for family members to receive his ashes. Because his family is so large and far from him, this is going to be extremely costly. Donations will also be used to help with those costs.
Jesse would like to make it clear he has NOT stopped fighting for his life, and he never will.
Thank you and God Bless
- Deborah Philipone
- Wendy Stouffer
- Tony & Jo Ann Ricchiuti
Organizer and beneficiary