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Loving dad & husband fights cancer

$38,982 of $72,000 goal

Raised by 361 people in 17 months
Created March 9, 2018


On February 9th, just days after his 42nd birthday and 3 weeks after the birth of his fifth child, Jason Malesh suffered a grand mal seizure on his way to walk their family dog. Once at the hospital, an MRI of his brain showed a large mass. He spent two days in the emergency room sedated and on anti seizure medication while his wife Katie had to be home caring for their 5 children - including brand new baby Jude. On Sunday February 11th Jason was visited  by renowned neurosurgeon, Dr Reid Thompson with terrible news that Jason had a large tumor requiring surgical removal and he wanted to be the one to perform the surgery. On February 20th Jason went in for brain surgery, because of its location and the expertise of Dr. Thompson, 98% of the tumor was able to be removed. During the two weeks between surgery and getting the pathology report back; Jason was sent home to heal and be with his beautiful family while we all prayed for a favorable pathology report. Unfortunately, on March 6th pathology came back and confirmed that the aggressively growing tumor was a stage 4 glioblastoma - a type of tumor that has a high rate of recurrence.   https://www.healthline.com/health/brain-tumor/glioblastoma#modal-close ‌He was also given the news that because of the genetic makeup of the tumor, he does not qualify for any clinical trials.
Treatment for glioblastoma includes an oral chemotherapy medication as well as radiation. Jason also hopes to add some alternative adjunctive therapies including ketogenic diet to support his healing during treatment and beat the odds on this terrible cancer. The course of treatment can take a year or more and cost upwards of $10,000 monthly.

Over the past 11 years since the birth of their first child Aidan, Jason has worked as a real estate agent and been the sole bread winner for their family. Katie has been mama extraordinaire; making meals, cakes Martha Stewart would be jealous of and homeschooling their kiddos (Aidan 11, Sofia 9, Lucy 6, Leo 4). Our goal is to raise enough money to help cover the families expenses while Jason fights cancer. If you feel moved to support this beautiful family, any amount towards this large goal will be received with deep gratitude.


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It’s been just barely a month since Jason passed. Katie and the kids have celebrated Leo’s birthday and Easter for the first time without him. It’s going to be a challenging year of firsts as they check off each day that should have been spent with Jason by their sides.
Katie is busy trying to figure out how to manage all the household and filled with fears about how to parent these kids into adulthood on her own. Her financial outlook is challenging - the cost of childcare for the kids would be far greater than what she can earn at a new job until they get a little older.

Your donations go a long way to helping this sweet family fill in the gaps to make ends meet while they grieve the loss of Jason. ❤️
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It is with heavy heart that I share Jason passed in the early morning hours today.

He spent yesterday surrounded by many friends and was visited by his priest. He went to sleep last night and passed in peaceful sleep. This morning, Katie and the kids spent time with their priest.

Viewing & Funeral Service are at St Mary’s of the Seven Sorrows in Nashville this Saturday March 30th. Viewing 9-11 am; service immediately following. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Lawrenceburg, TN, to follow service.

In lieu of flowers, donations for medical and funeral expenses will be received with gratitude.
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Following weeks in the hospital to manage his blood clots and subsequent visits for increased seizures, Jason was sent home with hospice care. His oncology team determined there were no further treatments they could provide.
Jason recently celebrated his 43rd birthday by arriving home from the hospital and the family celebrated the first birthday of sweet baby Jude. Jason has good and bad days, some days he is more cognitively aware and some days less. The moments he is able to share with his children, wife and friends feel like moments stolen from time and are a blessing.

Jason’s wife Katie has her hands full caring for him and their five children during this emotional time.

The donations they’ve received so far have been a lifeline as Katie has been caring full time. And they will continue to help this sweet family as they navigate the financial uncertainties ahead.
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$38,982 of $72,000 goal

Raised by 361 people in 17 months
Created March 9, 2018
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