Mikesell family facing uncertain future needs help

$12,335 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 122 people in 3 months
Created November 25, 2018
34657792_1543203065901090_r.jpegThis is a story about a man, Jon Mikesell and his family.  Jon was diagnosed with cancer in 2016. It happened around the same time a tree fell on his family's home during Hurricane Matthew. The cancer initially started in the kidney but has metastasized to several areas of the spine.   Everything hit at once and any money that they had for college funds or retirement has been wiped out. In addition to being burdened with overwhelming  mounting medical bills,the Mikesell's home is still in need of desperate repairs that were not covered by homeowner's insurance.  The hurricane damage caused major leaks and black mold in their home and most of the flooring needs to be replaced.  Throughout the whole house, there's something that needs to be done.

Jon is holding on to hope and fighting to live, despite that doctors have said no one has outlived this particular cancer and that it is terminal.  Bethany is currently in school, working, and taking care of their 6 children and Jon.  Currently, Jon is having to take time off from work at Massey.  Jon has said, "If I happen to go, it's bad enough for my family to lose me, but to lose our home and everything, it would be hard for me to go leaving that,"

If anyone or any group of people need help,  it is this beautiful family.  The doctors are not optimistic about the prognosis, but we are praying and helping in anyway we can.  We are asking you to join our effort to help this family.

Businesses who are interested in helping with home repairs are asked to contact Mary Ann Thomson, with H20 Church, by emailing maryann@h2ochurch.org. 

Jon and his wife, Bethany have six children ranging in age from 17-7.
Caleb 17
Adria 15
Elijah 13
Cana 11
Gideon 9
Moriah 7
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Jon and family should be back in their home by today. Yippee!!! There are a few minor things that are needed to be done but the major things are completed.
We are still in need of financial help for them all as well as continued prayers for Jon. We are praying for a miracle but in the meantime they still have mounting bills from medical treatments as well as the day to day expenses.

Please look deep into your hearts, your faith, your friend list and of course your bank accounts to help this family.
Thank you all for what you have done. It means a lot to Jon and his family.
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Downtown Orlando’s H20 Church Making Progress but More funding is Needed for Family whose Dad is Battling Cancer

ORLANDO -- H20 Church at 100 S. Eola Drive in downtown Orlando has been reaching out to the community to help Jon and Bethany Mikesell and their six minor children since the couple – founding members of the church – received devastating news recently.

Jon Mikesell was diagnosed with a recurrence of cancer, with a few months to live. Back in 2016 the Florida native had a kidney removed because of cancer and doctors thought they got it all. But last year it was discovered his entire spine and other organs were riddled with cancer.

The bleak prognosis came while his home‘s dire condition -- from hurricanes and water damage – went from bad to worse, and due to his illness the family has not been able to get the needed work done.

Their small 1,100-square-foot house has needed a tremendous amount of work to be safe and secure due to a bad black mold issue in several rooms and on​ the floors throughout the home. Work underway includes gutting and rebuilding the master bath; removing drywall from all areas with mold, treating and re-drywalling; ripping up and putting down new tile floors throughout; removing old kitchen cabinetry and replacing with new cabinets; painting inside and out, and installation of new light fixtures, doors and windows.

The church congregation has been supportive throughout from Jon Mikesell’s very first diagnosis, with their kindness, help and generosity. But a new terminal diagnosis came right before the holidays, and the entire church family set an urgent goal to help the Mikesell family get their home rebuilt before he passes.

The H20 church has raised over $11,000 among themselves and from anonymous donors earmarked for building materials. They donated labor and invaluable expertise in construction and home renovation. A Go Fund Me account was established and that’s up over $10,000.

Companies such as Universal Roofing and Construction contacted H20 church after seeing a segment on Channel 6 over the holidays about the family’s plight – to offer free labor, all new windows, exterior doors and new kitchen cabinets. Waste Management donated dumpsters; Florida Door is helping with installing a new garage door and Price Beater Appliances with new kitchen appliances. Rooms To Go is donating three rooms of new furniture. A small independent contractor is donating interior / exterior paint and management support.

This small, non-denominational church is making big strides with the biggest fundraising project it has undertaken since opening its doors, according to Pastor John Hever, but $10,000 more is needed to complete the project for the family.

The following assortment of photos includes church member volunteers as well as teams of several contractors who saw the need to support a loving family who will miss their dad terribly, and a devoted dad who only wants his family enabled to go on without his support in a safe healthy environment.
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Hello everyone, This is just a quick update. Jon is keeping his positive attitude despite some minor set backs. A rash from the radiation, and a bout of pneumonia but seemingly on the mend from that. We still need to SHARE, PRAY, and HELP in whatever way we can, such as The Meal Train. Our TV spot on WKMG Channel 6, along with the link on clickorlando.com has really helped. We are over $8,000. ($8,375.) but the Mikesells will continue to need funds as Jon is unable to work.
Thank you all who have gifted them and please keep spreading the word.
May God bless all in this new year.

Here is the link to the Click Orlando article: https://www.clickorlando.com/news/orlando-church-raising-funds-for-father-of-6-battling-terminal-cancer
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We had a huge help from Channel 6 Television WKMG who came to H2O Church and did a spot for the Mikesells. Our campaign is doing well with $3200 in donations, but we are hoping the interview with the family will help boost support. The spot will air at 11pm Sunday night on CBS Channel 6 WKMG and will also be on their website, clickorlando.com. Please share, pray, donate and spread the word about the GoFundMe page or the Channel 6 spot. Thanks again to all who supporting the Mikesells in whatever way you can.

Here is the link to the WKMG clickorlando article:
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Raised by 122 people in 3 months
Created November 25, 2018
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