Help JR Byrd Fight Cancer

$37,643 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 371 people in 32 months
UPDATE (10/26/17): As you are now aware, J.R.'s time here with us has come to an end. We are so very thankful for all the love and support that family, friends, church members, and fans have poured out to him and Laura throughout this entire journey. Many of you have been asking what you can do to support Laura in this difficult time. We ask that you continue to make donations to this GoFundMe account. The $35K+ currently showing is a bit deceptive, as the vast majority of that has already been spent on J.R.'s previous surgeries and living expenses during his hospital stays.

That said, there are still a few medical bills, funeral expenses, and most importantly - since J.R.'s gigs were the primary source of their income, Laura will need help with the every day expenses until she finds an additional job or full-time employment. (She is currently employed part-time, as she spent the  bulk of this last year caring for J.R. while also managing his gigs.) She would also love to finish production on his final album that was in process, and it would be a great tribute to his phenomenal gift of music if we can help Laura with the production costs.

So let's keep pushing to reach the $50,000 goal, and ease any financial stress as she grieves the loss of her beloved Bear. Thank you all for your continued love and generosity. And Please continue to hold Laura in Light and Love as she moves through this process.

What a gift J.R. was to so many in the time he spent here with us. And how fortunate we are to be able to enjoy his gift of music forever. To listen, visit: www.jrbyrd.com

UPDATE (6/10/17): JR has been back in the hospital this week with an emergency surgery. And as you know, every day in the hospital is an expensive day - even with insurance. Not to mention, loss of income from not being able to perform. So we're asking you to show your support again for JR and Laura. Every little bit helps! You all have been AMAZING already, but if you can give again, it will help to ease this round of financial stress. Thank you in advance, and keep the prayers and good vibes coming - they are felt and appreciated! #Byrdstrong

November 2016: This Thanksgiving week, our dear friends Laura and JR Byrd recieved the devastating news that JR has been diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. He underwent a successful surgery to remove a large tumor and is now awaiting details of his treatment plan, which will include chemo and potential future surgery on tumors that have spread to his liver.

JR and Laura are artists and musicians, serving part-time positions at First UMC Denton and the Denton Wesley Foundation (campus ministry) with their musical talents. JR is also a singer/songwriter, and his performances are their main source of income. Because of this, they will likely face a critical loss of income during his treatment.

JR and Laura bring such great joy to so many lives through the sharing of their hearts and their gifts of music. Please consider sharing your heart this holiday season to help this beautiful couple lighten their financial burden as they navigate this difficult season of their lives.

To hear JR's music, visit: www.jrbyrd.com
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UPDATE (10/26/17): As you are now aware, J.R.'s time here with us has come to an end. We are so very thankful for all the love and support family, friends, church members, and fans have poured out to him and Laura throughout this entire journey. Many of you have been asking what you can do to support Laura in this difficult time. We ask that you continue to make donations to this GoFundMe account. (The $35K+ amount on this account is a bit deceptive, as nearly all of that has already been spent on J.R.'s previous surgeries and living expenses during his hospital stays.)

That said, there are still a few remaining medical bills, funeral expenses, and most importantly - since J.R.'s gigs were the primary source of their income, Laura will need help with the every day expenses until she finds an additional job or full-time employment. (She currently has a part-time position, as she has spent the last year caring for J.R. as well as managing his gigs.) She would also love to finish production on his final album that was in process, and it would be a great tribute to his phenomenal gift of music if we can help Laura with the production costs.

So let's keep pushing to reach the $50,000 goal, and ease any financial stress as she grieves the loss of her beloved Bear. Thank you all for your love and generosity. Please continue to hold Laura in Light and Love throughout this process.
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Laura Watson Byrd
31 months ago
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I still haven't figured out how to do thank you notes on this thing but I hope this post will work. J.R. and I want to thank EACH and EVERY one of you for your donations. We are so blown away by the love and support we have been shown and you can't even imagine the HUGE burden this has taken off of us as we plan for treatment and more surgeries. Knowing that we have this financial support will allow us to get better treatment and also stay in our home! There are just no words. The first time I saw my husband cry was when I told him about the campaign and how much had been raised in 1 day. We can't believe it is still growing! As some of you may know, J.R. is out of the hospital after the surgeon took out about 2/3's of his colon. There are still some masses on his liver that need to be treated and we are working with an oncologist right now on the best treatment plan. He has to heal from surgery before anything more can be done. The oncologist thinks he might have something called Lynch syndrome, a genetic predisposition to colon cancer. We are hoping this is the case because if so, he may be able to get into a study being done at Baylor that has had some very promising results. Either way there will be some sort of treatment in the next five weeks or so. We will try and keep you updated on the progress. Again, thank you. There really are no words to express our gratefulness for your extreme generosity. We have learned that those who have been touched by cancer in some way, either directly themselves or through family or friends, you are part of a loving and enduring community. We are blessed to call all of you friend. Love, J.R. and Laura Byrd

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HK
$100
Holly Kelsey
16 months ago
CC
$100
Carol Crowell
18 months ago

Condolences and much love from Columbus, MS. Heaven has gained a fine angel. Carol & John Crowell

$100
Bob Raymond
18 months ago

JR has a small but loyal following in Columbus, Mississippi and we will never forget him! Love to you Laura!!

JA
$150
John Adams
19 months ago

This is small gesture of gratitude for JR and of encouragement toward Laura.

$50
Anonymous
20 months ago
JC
$30
Jerry Chapman
20 months ago
$55
Anonymous
20 months ago
SS
$20
Syble Schenkel
20 months ago
JD
$100
Jean & Ric Dwinnell
20 months ago
$100
Gale and Mario Cruz
21 months ago
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We love you both!

Laura Watson Byrd
31 months ago
2
2

I still haven't figured out how to do thank you notes on this thing but I hope this post will work. J.R. and I want to thank EACH and EVERY one of you for your donations. We are so blown away by the love and support we have been shown and you can't even imagine the HUGE burden this has taken off of us as we plan for treatment and more surgeries. Knowing that we have this financial support will allow us to get better treatment and also stay in our home! There are just no words. The first time I saw my husband cry was when I told him about the campaign and how much had been raised in 1 day. We can't believe it is still growing! As some of you may know, J.R. is out of the hospital after the surgeon took out about 2/3's of his colon. There are still some masses on his liver that need to be treated and we are working with an oncologist right now on the best treatment plan. He has to heal from surgery before anything more can be done. The oncologist thinks he might have something called Lynch syndrome, a genetic predisposition to colon cancer. We are hoping this is the case because if so, he may be able to get into a study being done at Baylor that has had some very promising results. Either way there will be some sort of treatment in the next five weeks or so. We will try and keep you updated on the progress. Again, thank you. There really are no words to express our gratefulness for your extreme generosity. We have learned that those who have been touched by cancer in some way, either directly themselves or through family or friends, you are part of a loving and enduring community. We are blessed to call all of you friend. Love, J.R. and Laura Byrd

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