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Step Up for Jay Coleman

$11,603 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 105 people in 5 months
Created December 3, 2018
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Anne Rabe
on behalf of Alison C. Coleman
Jay Coleman is in the fight of his life, with aggressive liver cancer.  We Are All Walking Each Other Home. Jay’s family and friends ask you to give generously to his Go Fund Me to pay for his health care needs: medications, doctor co-pays, special diet, home health aide; and his bucket list, such as a last trip to the ocean for the whole family—they have never had a family vacation.
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There is treatment: it may give him 6 to 10 months to live, but the side-effects are brutal. So he will try for a balance—shrinking the tumor vs. quality of life. The cause of his cancer is tragic—for many, many years while Jay was in prison, he was denied treatment for his Hepatitis C. Jay has given so much to so many people. In his time of need, we ask Jay’s friends and colleagues to give generously.

Five years ago, Jay created the Prisoner Pre-entry Mentoring Program at the New York State Defenders Association (NYSDA) to help people entering prison to prepare and survive their incarceration. His philosophy is that people can improve their lives by having a goal to come out of prison “ten times smarter and ten times stronger,” ready to go back to their community with achievable goals for employment, housing, exercise, and family restoration.  His program helps incarcerated people achieve productive and healthy lives. This campaign is organized by a team of NYSDA staff in appreciation for Jay who is a superbly talented mentor who has helped hundreds of men and women to transform their lives.

 Jay was in NYS prisons for over 20 years. While in prison, he became a law clerk, certified legal researcher and mentored many people by teaching youth about sportsmanship as a coach for basketball, baseball, and football; and by teaching men how to handle prison safely, and develop interpersonal skills. He provided dispute mediation, especially with gangs, and taught violence prevention. Jay has taught about prison mentoring and criminal justice reform around the country, including at the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice, National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA), Osborne Association, and Prison Fellowship. He received a Citizens Against Recidivism 2010 Eddie Ellis Lifetime Achievement Award and a NLADA 2015 Client Contribution Award. He served as Chair of NYSDA’s Client Advisory Board, as a member of NLADA’s Community-Oriented Defender Network and as a Prison Families of New York Board Member. Please help Jay in his time of need.  

With Appreciation and Love, Family & Friends of Jay Coleman

To communicate with Jay, contact his wife Alison Coleman, 104 Patroon Drive, Apt. 11, Guilderland, NY 12084, 518-424-7078, Alisoncoleman50@yahoo.com

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Alison Coleman found a handwritten letter by Jay in his wallet the day after he died. “To all those I have loved and have loved me. I begin by saying thank you. Thank you for loving me despite my faults; knowing that even if I didn’t show love as you liked or expected it, that love was embedded in my heart. Others have loved me because I’ve shown you love at a time when you didn’t love yourself and needed that door opened. Whatever the reason, we shared love. I am happy to have been in your life and you in mine. As I write these thoughts at 3:15 AM - after being wakened with thoughts of my pending mortality - I feel blessed, despite my circumstances. Mainly because I know some thing few are privileged to know: what my Purpose in Life is. And that is to love and show others how to love. I thank God for this gift and pray I have more time to spread my gift. Goodbye all. I love you and thank you for sharing. Jay”
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Help Jay's Relatives Come Visit from NC, LA, VA, MD and NYC - Donate To Travel Fund. Need $3500. Thanks for anything you can do!
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Please donate so Jay's close relatives can visit him for his Celebration of Life Event on April 6th -- need to raise $4,000 for bus and car travel so they can see him one last time. Many thanks for anything you can do. Please spread the word.
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All your donations have raised close to $7,000 for Jay Coleman. Many thanks!
Will you please help us reach our $25,000 goal by sharing this link with your friends on facebook, twitter and email this week.
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Raised by 105 people in 5 months
Created December 3, 2018
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Anne Rabe
on behalf of Alison C. Coleman
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