Rest In Peace, Jeremy Stone
$10,395 of $15,000 goal
If anyone feels guilty or upset to the point where you wish you could have done more, or have been closer and more involved. That's typical sad mourning and grif, and I'm sure Jeremy would prefer anything but that. I can guarantee based on Jeremy's own correspondence with me over the past few months, that he was overjoyed and beyond at peace with the wonderful people who touched his life and no doubt left a mark on our lives, as well. The Cancer may have taken our friend from us, but he didn't let the Cancer take him away from his usual, rewarding feeling of joy and overwhelming love as he left us in a finally sleep, where he drifted off into our memories, where he will always live and he will always be there to touch our hearts. RIP, Jeremy. You won't want us to be sad, so I will only let your influence radiate like the sunshine, and I will smile. Goodbye, Pal.)
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A young gentlemen, and Navy Veteran, that I used to go to college with became friends with and stayed in touch with ever since is fighting the biggest battle of his life right now. The fight against CANCER. His name is Jeremy Stone, and he is only 26 years old. The horror that he and his loved ones are dealing with are a living Hell. Jeremy is facing a devastating menace of a struggle right now, and there is no doubt that he will be dealing with its effects for many months and years to come.
The wonderful quality about Jeremy Stone is that it has always been in his nature to put other people ahead of himself, stepping up to the task of helping a fellow in need without even a thought of himself. His selflessness is so strong, that even in the face of liver and esophogeal cancer as well as the high medical debt awaiting him that continues still to grow with each passing day, he doesn't know how to ask for help for himself, even thought he is in the midst of a fight that he can't possibly go through alone. Knowing how hard it is for poor Jeremy to accept that he need's the help and support of others, I am reaching out in an attempt to protect my inspirational pal's dignitity and ask for the support he needs and deserves. Let's all give back to Jeremy Stone, who gave so much to his community and his country.
[Jeremy Stone & The USS Providence]
HERE IS JEREMY'S STORY
Jeremy Stone was born in May 22, 1989. He will turn 27 this year.
Jeremy served in the United States Navy on the USS Providence. He served in Groton, CT. He was assigned the position of storekeeper (now logistics specialist).
[This Picture Was Taken Of JEREMY STONE On November 16, 2015, While His Condition Was Still Unknown, And Lab Tests Were Being Collected & Studied]
On November 13, 2015, Jeremy was admitted to the emergency room due to prolonged pneumonia, pancreatitus, and dehydration. After three days of tests, including X-Rays, CT Scans, MRI's, an oral scope of his stomach, and a liver biopsy, the dreadful news was received. Jeremy, only 26 years old, was diagnosed with esophageal cancer and stage 4 liver cancer. Almost imediately after the diagnosis, Jeremy had to undergo a surgery which was installation of of a chemo port into his jugular vein.
Since then he has undergone a whopping 7 Chemo treatments. Each one has made him weaker, but his optimism and his continuous choice to smile instead of wallow in pity, as well as the love for his fiance and family who have stayed right beside him every minute has kept him and everyone who worries about him in good spirits. He has been inspiring everyone that a positive attitude in the face of the seemingly unbareable hardships that life throws ones way may not make the problem go away, but it makes a life-affirming statement that no matter how bad things get, a great attitude and optimism are the best outlook. That's also his way of putting his family and friends' worries to rest. That's Jeremy putting others needs above himself, even from a hospital bed and the faint breath of Death breathing down his neck.
[This Picture Was Taken On December 9th, 2015. Jeremy Had Undergone His First Chemo Treatment In Late November. This Picture Was Taken On The Day Of His Second Round Of Chemo}
[DECEMBER 22, 2015: Jeremy Is Receiving His Third Round Of Chemo, But Insists On Putting Up A Brave Front And Smile, Even Though Each Treatment Makes Him Weaker And Suffer More Pain]
[JANUARY 20, 2016: This Is Of His Fifth Chemo Treatment. Some Decently Good News Was Received That Day: The Cancer On His Liver Had Reduced, And His Esophagus Was Responding Well To His Medication. Although Good News, He Was Not Out Of Harm's Way, Yet]
[FEBRUARY 3RD, 2016: Round 6 of Chemo. This sixth treatment was really rough on him, and he was still feeling sick from the fifth treatment when they began the 6th. He still put on a brave front for his loved ones, even though he was in agony.]
[FEBRUARY 17th, 2016: Chemo Round 7; He Knows In His Heart That It Will Be Over Some Day, Just Not Today. This Was His Latest Chemo Treatment. That Doesn't Mean Another One Is Too Far Off]
[Jeremy & His Fiance, Jenah Wandell - This Photo Was Taken On November 17th, 2015 Before The Liver Cancer and Esophageal Cancer Were Confirmed. He Had Been Severely Sick, But Doctor's Still Weren't Sure.]
In January of 2016, Jeremy suffered another blow. He lost his work-paid insurance and the cost of his new insurance quadrupled. It's cost of month-to-month is what's causing Jeremy to fall deeper and deeper into debt. Life-or-death illness and financial debt are two wicked struggles to face individually, but Jeremy Stone, the most undeserving person I can think of in this world to be going through either one of those difficulties has the unlucky curse of having to face both concurrently.
Cancer isn't biased, though, and neither is it's financial, physical, and emotional aftermath.
Jeremy has revealead that his mounting medical bills are in the tens of thousands of dollars at the moment, and he was hesitant to reveal an exact amount. For this GoFundMe account, I've chosen to make $70,000 the goal to reach. He may require more than that though, and the total he owes does climb higher each day and month.
My name is Ryan Nijakowski, and I am the one organizing this funraiser. Everything this account earns goes right to Jeremy Stone for the purpose of paying his medical debt and give him some relief in what is the most horrifying experience of his life.
Jeremy Stone is a Navy Veteran. He's only 26 years old. His fiance and his family as well as his friends are in fear while he somehow manages to remain stoic. He still has a lot of life ahead of him, but it shouldn't be a tainted life with medical bills hovering over him. I am asking for a miracle. I want the generous hearts out there to prove to my suffering friend and to myself that there is a silver lining in this troubled world. Please give what you can.
If you have any questions about anything related to Jeremy's health or the fundraiser, please feel free to leave a comment or utilize GoFundMe's contact method. I will respond with the utmost haste.
Peace & Blessings To Each And Every One of You
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The last chapter of the brief, but complete and inspirational life of Jeremy Stone has come to an end today in the most beautiful way possible: With a Star Wars/Cleveland Cavaliers/Navy Veteran cocktail of a memorial service. His older brother James and Pastor Erma Metzger gave the most heartwarming eulogies, and even Jeremy himself had managed to channel his very own words and spirit through the Pastor as she recited a social media post that Jeremy had written back in December, which broke through and shattered the emotions of despair and replaced the sadness with joy. The joyously healing, and magical aura that only could have been described as the spirit of Christmas in June entered our grieving hearts and the pain and suffering completely disappeared. We knew Jeremy was not really gone at all. He was there, and he is still right here with us. And I know he'll still be here tomorrow.
Posted On Sat. Jun 11th, 2016By : The Courier
COLUMBUS — Jeremy Stone, 27, of Columbus, formerly of Arcadia, died Thursday at the James Center, Columbus. Visitation will be held Monday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, Findlay. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Further arrangements are pending at the funeral home.
In just fifteen hours, 72 selfless donors were able to raise an amazingly unexpected amount of monetary support for our cancer-fighting friend. 7% of the goal has already been reached totaling an amazing total of $4,595. That is a huge accomplishment for one day and it does serve as evidence that there are angels at play in this miracle of much appreciated and unforgettable outcome of multiple, kind-hearted people coming together as a community of peace and moral code stepping up to aid the needs of a struggling, single individual. In a world with illness, war, hunger, dishonesty, violence, and theft, this day has been a lesson that there really are more good people in this world than there are bad. You don't have to look to far to find them. Jeremy, his family and I are so humbled and blessed with the support that has been shown today, Jeremy and his parents are speechless with joy. However, there is still a great deal that we need to do for Jeremy, and it is important to continue sharing his heart-wrenching story through social media, word of mouth, and posting flyers. Before you go to sleep tonight. Say a wishful prayer. A prayer for an end to Cancer.
Keep spreading the word, generous people. The reached total of $6,000 in only three days is an unexpectedand miracle. It surpassed expectations I had for how much would be reached by this point, and the fact that it only took less than 110 wonderfully giving individuals to make the total funds reach $6,000. You angels have done so much, but Jeremy is not through with his agonizing and expensive Chemo treatments, medications. CT scans as well as other lab work already scheduled for next months, and his medical debt alone is quickly reaching a hundred thousand in bills, and the total continues to climb with every passing day. Please continue to share. Spread Jeremy's story to everyone you know. His miracle must continue. Finally, before you go to bed, say a prayer. Pray for an end to Cancer.
So sorry that Jeremy lost his battle with cancer.
Check's in the mail. Love you Aunt Kathy
Chemo # 8 is going rough. On antibiotics and an inhaler. My lungs feel terrible. This chest/lung infection is feeling terrible.