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'Help Ron Beat Cancer!'

$43,150raised of $50,000 goal
86%

Organizer: John Alvarado Beneficiary: Ron Nakada

Help Ron Nakada's family with the expense of their battle with cancer.

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UPDATE: The success of this fundraiser has been a wonder to see.  Family, friends and community have helped Ron fight the good fight.  It has made a big difference to Ron and his family, both financially and emotionally.  We must count this outpouring of love and charity as a victory, even as we sadly accept the loss of our dear friend who fought and lived many months beyond the doctors’ prognoses.  The opportunity lies before us now to help Ron “beat cancer” in the sense of protecting his wife and four children from the financial hardship of final medical bills and memorial expenses.  Please give what you can.  Any amount helps us reach the goal, and your kind comments are also very much appreciated. 

Please see the 4/3/14 post on the Update tab for more information about Ron's passing. 

The original description remains below for background information to the new purpose of this fundraiser.  Thank you for your kind support previously and today.

Original Description from Early December, 2013:


Six months ago Ron Nakada was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer that had metastasized to his liver, lungs and lymph nodes.  This tragic news struck Ron and his new family early into his first year of marriage.  But Ron, having so much to live for, was determined to fight.

Shortly after the shocking news, family and friends came together to help Ron and his family begin his battle with cancer.  Thank you to Patrick Dawson for organizing that fundraiser, and thank you to all who donated. The support of so many people was a wonderful encouragement to Ron and his family.

Today Ron continues with great determination and spirit on a path of healing. However, some emergencies have occurred along the way, and Ron’s short-term disability-insurance, which did not cover monthly expenses, ended recently. Long-term disability-insurance will not start for a while and provides an even lesser benefit that falls far short of their monthly needs. Ron has an urgent need right now to pay accumulated bills (including credit cards he has had to rely on to get by) and a longer term need for assistance while he continues the battle.

Let’s pull together again to help our dear friend Ron!  Donations go to Ron immediately.  Any amount you can donate today will help fulfill short-term needs this month.  I’ve set the goal at $8,000 in one week to reflect the urgent short-term need, but the bigger goal is to reach $25,000 by mid January.  Let’s hit that first goal so Ron and his family can enjoy this Christmas without the stress of overdue bills and the threat of utilities shutting off.  After achieving that, we will extend the deadline and update the amount to the final goal.

If you’ve had the chance to visit Ron, you’ve seen the wonderful spirit of appreciation and faith that has enlivened his journey through this enormous challenge, and you know the tireless efforts his wife Linda has made by his side.  Your kind charity goes to a very loving and deserving couple and family.  Any amount you can give will help move us closer to our goal.  Thank you, and may our collective prayers and generosity be a blessing on Ron’s family and our families this Christmas.

P. S.

Ron is a best friend I've known since 7th grade. In junior high school we played video games and D&D at sleepovers with our other gamer friends.  We started learning programming together in high school and we both entered the video game industry after college and have worked together on multiple projects during the 90’s, including contracting for other companies on projects like Wild 9 and R/C Stunt Copter for Shiny Entertainment, and Interplay Sports Baseball 2000 for Interplay Productions (which was special for Ron since he is a huge baseball fan and applied his knowledge of the sport to improve the game's AI). 

For the last 8 years Ron has worked at Blizzard Entertainment programming on World of Warcraft.  The management and Ron’s co-workers at Blizzard have been wonderfully supportive during Ron’s challenge, and Ron looks forward to when he can return to the job he loves, working with some of the finest people in the video game industry.

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05/26/2014
by John Alvarado

This Memorial Day falls just a few weeks after Ron’s Celebration of Life event that was held on May 4th.  I’ve had time to reflect on the beauty of that day when so many friends and family gathered together from places near and far to share their love and respect for the man, friend, brother, son, husband and father that they knew in Ron Nakada.  We touch so many people in our lives for better or worse, and the gathering of so many to remember one brings into focus the importance of each of us as individuals and our power to enhance the lives of others through love and integrity.

For anyone who was unable to attend Ron’s Celebration of Life, you can view a video recording of the presentations in two parts on YouTube.  Here are the links:

Part1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GG-GFSSfac

Part2:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWfYwzszf2U

I was honored to be one of the speakers invited to share about Ron with over 400 people that attended the event.  There were many tears, of course, but there was also a mood of celebration of Ron’s qualities as a person, his achievements in life and his ascension to a better place.  A spirit of love and friendship carried through to the reception that followed.  Gathered under a blue sky in warm weather, wearing our bright colors and Hawaiian leis, we ate and drank, rekindling old friendships, sharing stories and appreciating one another and our connection to Ron.   

Thank you for sharing this journey and for your generosity.  We are still hoping to reach our final goal of 50K to help Ron’s family.  I’ve extended the duration another month to give us another window of opportunity to share Ron’s story and to reach our fundraising goal. Any amount helps, and if you’ve given before and can give a little more once again, that will help tremendously, along with sharing the link with your friends and family.   May you enjoy a reverent and peaceful Memorial Day, and may the blessings of your generosity and loving spirit echo through the rest of your lives.


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05/05/2014
by John Alvarado

Yesterday I had the honor of speaking at Ron’s Celebration of Life event at Seacoast Grace Church in Cypress, CA.  It was a beautiful service with hundreds of Ron’s family and friends in attendance.  There were plenty of tears but an uplifting tone overall with slide-shows, videos, music, singing, and beautiful dancing by Hawaiian worship dancers.  Following the service, there was a wonderful outdoor reception in perfect sunny weather where many people reconnected with old friends and shared treasured memories while enjoying delicious food and drink and taking lots of pictures.  I’ve posted a couple photos from the event in the photo section. 

Thank you to everyone who attended and for all the hugs!  We have a way to go to meet our final goal on this fundraiser.  Let’s make one more big push to help Ron’s family and show our appreciation for the great event they hosted for Ron’s Celebration of Life.


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04/03/2014
by John Alvarado

It is with deep sadness that I report that my dear friend Ron Nakada passed away yesterday at 2:48am.  He was surrounded by family during his final days and hours, with a great many friends coming to visit him at the hospital.   Ron required no pain medication and remained lucid in his final days to appreciate all the love and support of the many friends who visited.

Ron leaves behind a wife and four children that now have to cope with the great loss.  The love and support of friends and family will help them endure the heartache while the long passage of time slowly heals.  In the short term, we can donate one last time to help cover the imminent expense of memorial services plus medical expenses accumulated since this fundraiser’s first successful run back in December.

Any amount will help (even $5 moves us closer to the goal), and as always your kind comments are read and greatly appreciated by friends and family alike.  Thank you!


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01/31/2014
by John Alvarado

Today is the Chinese New Year--an auspicious day to set a new goal! I’ve struggled with myself in deciding how big of a goal to set.  The best care and treatments cost big money.  We’ve raised over $30k, which is wonderful as it relieved Ron and his family of debt from 2013, but it took a big push from the gaming press and the support of many generous individuals to make that happen.  I ask myself, how can we possibly raise multiple times that amount to allow Ron to stay out of debt and pursue the best care and treatment?   The answer is to cast aside fears, have faith, and DREAM BIG!

I have faith that inspiration strikes and big things happen AFTER one decides to dream big.  So let us fear not, take a leap of faith, and dream big together to help Ron beat cancer!  

On this Chinese New Year’s day, I’m setting a new goal of $100K in 6 months!  


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12/31/2013
by John Alvarado
The answer is YES! We surpassed the $25k goal before the new year, with a few hours to spare! Thank you to friends of Ron, Kevin & Constance, for a very big donation that put us over the top, and thank you to all the  600+ donors that have helped get us here and who have shared their words of encouragement.

Happy New Year!
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12/31/2013
by John Alvarado

The New Year is almost upon us and what a blessing for the Nakada family that the $25K goal is on the verge of completion. Will it hit before the clock strikes midnight?  Please spread the word today so we can make it happen!

The 25K raised will allow Ron to pay off his debts, giving his family a clean slate for the New Year.  I know they can use much more to help them through 2014 so let’s keep sharing the link and Ron’s story through January. 

In the next few days I may get more information on their plan of action for 2014 and let you all know of a specific additional goal for us to stretch for in this campaign.  Happy New Year to all!


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12/27/2013
by John Alvarado

Some people have asked if Ron is currently in the hospital and how he is doing.  Ron’s treatment has mostly been outpatient, but he was in the hospital earlier this month with an emergency complication that required surgery.  Thankfully, he came through that OK and was able to enjoy Christmas at home with his family. 

I learned of Ron’s dire financial situation while visiting him during his recent hospital stay.  I snapped the picture that appears on the fundraiser page during one of my visits. I wasn’t thinking of the fundraiser at that time.  I just wanted to show my wife a picture of Ron wearing the beanie I had brought him, since she was unable to come with me that day.  Although Ron had been feeling cold the day before, he actually had a fever when I arrived with the beanie.  He still put it on and gave me a big smile for the picture.

Ron is doing as well as can be expected for someone battling cancer.  It is a difficult journey, but his spirits are high and his faith is strong.  He is ever so grateful for all the donations, and he is moved to tears by kind words that donors have posted on this site.  Thank you for your awesome support!


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12/26/2013
by John Alvarado

The news keeps spreading in the gaming community.  It chokes me up to read all the kind words posted with the donations from caring people who don’t know Ron but want to help.  There are so many kind-hearted, generous people out there who are happy to contribute to a good cause.  That’s why spreading the word far and wide is so important.

I’m especially touched by the people who are struggling themselves and can only afford a small donation, and yet they give—give of their money and give of their spirit through their words of encouragement.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Here are some of the recent websites that are sharing Ron’s story:

Reddit: http://de.reddit.com/r/starcraft/comments/1tlwq2/help_a_blizzard_dev_beat_cancer_xpost_rwow/

PC Gaming Forums:
http://www.pcgaming-forum.com/showthread.php?57857-World-of-Warcraft-Help-Ron-Beat-Cancer-A-WoW-Developer-in-Need

MMORPG.com:
http://www.mmorpg.com/gamelist.cfm/loadNews/29524/Help-Ron-Beat-Cancer-A-WoW-Developer-in-Need

And Tweets from people such as @WowInsider:
http://inagist.com/all/416075795174408192/

Please continue to share the fundraiser link to help Ron reach or surpass the goal and to give more people the opportunity to receive the blessing that comes from heartfelt charity.


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12/24/2013
by John Alvarado

Wow! Today has been a huge day. What a wonderful Christmas Eve gift for the Nakada family. Ron’s story was mentioned on Kotaku (a hugely popular gaming news site) and donations came flooding in, tripling the total amount raised.  Thank you Kotaku for sharing Ron’s story with your readership!  Here is the story link:

http://kotaku.com/help-a-blizzard-dev-beat-cancer-1488899201


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12/23/2013
by John Alvarado

I’d like to send a special thank you to all the wonderful folks in the gaming community for their generosity and helping to spread the word.  An article about Ron and the fundraiser appeared today in GamePolitics.com, no doubt thanks to gamer friends sharing the story and it reaching a staff member. 

Thank you GamePolitics.com for sharing Ron’s story and urging your readers to help!  Here is the story link:

http://gamepolitics.com/2013/12/23/blizzard-engineer-needs-your-help-christmas


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12/16/2013
by John Alvarado

Hello Fellow Donors,

Thank you for your generous donations!

I’m writing to let you know that I’ve updated the fundraiser description to provide more details about Ron’s story, including the severity of the cancer and his financial situation. I will also soon update the time and goal for the longer term aspect of this fundraiser.

We still have a few more days to reach the $8k short-term goal.  The best thing you can do now to help is to spread the word by talking to people (perhaps sharing in your church or other organization) and sharing the page on your social media. 

Many people are happy to give when they hear of a good cause, and small donations from many people are how we can reach the goal.  Please share a link to the fundraiser with a personal message or just the simple words, “A worthy cause. Please share.”

Thank you so much for your donations and for sharing the fundraiser link.

Best regards,

John Alvarado


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