Help Support the Jenkins Family

For: Art Jenkins
Roseville, CA
Organizer: Colene Jenkins
Help Support the Jenkins Family (Art Jenkins)
$35,100
of $50,000 goal
70% Complete
Raised by 247 donors

The Story

This is a picture of our family taken on a camping trip this summer before our lives changed forever. During that camping trip, Art became ill and his hands began to shake. After three months of trying to get into doctors for appointments and tests, he was finally diagnosed as having Stage 4 Liver Disease and given a year to live, unless he receives a transplant that could save his life.  


Getting a liver transplant is a long and costly process. Just since he was diagnosed in November, Art has been in and out of the hospital several times with complications. Although we are insured, we still have to pay for our deductibles and copays, prescriptions for ten different medications he is on, and other mounting medical expenses not covered. The biggest expense by far will be when he receives the liver transplant and we have to relocate for several months to live near the hospital. Art is unable to work and I am caring for him right now, so we are both on a reduced salary. The thought of paying for additional living expenses in a new location, while still maintaining our home in Roseville, is quite daunting. We will also need to fly family members in and out to take turns either caring for Art, or caring for our children while Colene is away caring for Art. 


Asking for help is so difficult to do, but we have finally realized we cannot do it alone. If you would like to donate any amount, and/or share the link with others who may want to donate, we really appreciate it with all our hearts. (If you do not wish to leave a tip for the fundraising company, just click on other amount, and put in $0.)   We are so thankful for the outpouring of love and support we have already received as we try to get through this difficult time.    

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on April 19, 2018

Posted on April 19, 2018

Today marks one month since Art’s passing. I wanted to let everyone know that my family is still receiving so much love and support and we appreciate it all so much. As I have been going through all the cards and emails to make a memory book about Art for the kids, it has been so comforting to read some very special thoughts and memories about Art. I get really sad when I think of my kids growing up and experiencing different milestones in their lives, wanting to ask their dad about it when he was their age, and not being able to. That is why I need your help so much. If you have not yet been able to send me any memories or stories about your association with Art, it would mean the world to me if you are able to do that for my children. It does not have to be long. It can even be a few sentences, maybe a funny joke you remember he told you, how he helped you in someway, something fun you did together, or what kind of person you thought he was. I am really seeking information from anyone who knew him, maybe someone from grade school and the kinds of games he used to play at recess, maybe a neighbor, a coworker, a teammate from high school or college. There will come a time when my kids will yearn to know more about their father, and will have questions that I cannot answer, and that is why I need all of you to help me fill in those blanks. I know your time is precious, and I am grateful to anyone who can please take the time to do this for me. Thank you so much. You can email me the memories at [email protected] or mail them to 1512 Rose Glen Drive, Roseville, CA 95661.  


Posted on April 11, 2018

Posted on April 11, 2018

My heart is full of gratitude as I write this post. Gratitude for all of you and for all the love you have shown my family. I literally have hundreds of people to thank. People who have donated money, brought me a meal, took my kids to do something fun, sent me a special memory about Art, brought food or helped at the service, flew or drove hundreds of miles to be here to support me, hugged me and cried with me, or sent me thoughtful gifts and sweet messages that I still have not had the chance to respond to yet. I want you all to know that I have written down each and every one of your names, and in time, I will get around to thanking you all properly, but it just might take a few months. I am still trying to make some sense of what has happened, and trying to understand why. But as I look for the good out of a terrible situation, I am overwhelmed with just how much I am loved, how much Art was loved, and our family is loved, by all of you. And that is such a powerful feeling, and something I would have never felt or experienced, had he not been ill and passed away. Your love is getting me through and lifting me up each day, and I would not be able to go on without it. Thank you.  


Posted on March 30, 2018

Posted on March 30, 2018

Art's Celebration of Life will be tomorrow, March 31st, at 3:30 pm at the Roseville Theatre Arts Academy at 241 Vernon Street in Roseville. It would be best to park in the free Civic Plaza Parking Garage just a block from the theater at 311 Vernon Street. If you have prepared any thoughts, memories, or stories you would like to share with me and my children about Art, you can bring them to the service. I will also have paper and envelopes in the lobby, so if you would rather do it there, you may. It would mean so much to us to have as many of these as possible. I am looking forward to seeing so many dear friends and family tomorrow, and all those who loved Art so much.

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