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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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:
PC Gaming Forums:
And Tweets from people such as @WowInsider:
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.
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:
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:
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.