Cancer is unrelenting.
In 2015 at the age of 38 and as the father of an 8 month old baby boy, our friend Jon Colwell was diagnosed with stage 3B colon cancer. He had a large tumor in his colon as well as several lymph nodes affected. At that time he underwent surgery to remove the tumor and lymph nodes and by advice of his oncologist, did additional adjuvant chemotherapy for the following six months to help increase the chances of the cancer not returning.
But cancer knows no rules. When least expected it can rear its ugly head again.
In June Jon went to the ER as he was feeling very ill. After running a CT scan, the ER doctor confirmed his worst fear - the cancer had returned and there was a massive tumor that had engulfed the entire right lobe of his liver and several intestinal lymph nodes also looked affected. We were all in a state of shock.
Since that first diagnosis, Jon has received confirmation that the tumor on the liver is a metastatic growth from his previous colon cancer. This means that Jon's cancer is now 4th stage and likely incurable. Jon is working with his oncologist in Bend as well as a GI Oncologist at the Seattle Cancer Center to determine next steps, but further testing is still needed.
Jon is that friend who can make you laugh even in the darkest of moments. He is genuine, sincere, kind, and generous. No matter what obstacles he has faced during his lifetime, he has always confronted them with deep faith and a healthy dose of dark humor. His creativity and drive lead him to build Revolution Drum, a small business that is well known in the drumming industry as a leader in innovation and design. He is deeply committed to his family and his role as a father to his now 8 year old son, Devon. Our goal in setting up this support system for Jon is so that he can continue caring for his family and being the best dad he can be for Devon for many years to come.
Jon anticipates having to travel regularly to Seattle for treatments and potential surgery which means a lot of unexpected additional costs for his family including:
Out-of-network medical fees (fees not covered by his medical insurance) for treatment, surgery, testing, and doctor visits
Travel expenses getting to and from Seattle with his whole family
Dog sitting expenses as he has two large dogs who cannot comfortably travel with the family when Jon needs to be in treatment
Your kindness and generosity means so much to Jon's family. Thank you for considering making a donation in any amount. Every donation is greatly valued and will make a difference in this family's life.