His cancer is back...

For: Matt Jones
Atlanta, GA
Organizer: Jessy Vickery
His cancer is back... (Matt Jones)
$19,285
of $50,000 goal.
Raised by 392 donors
38% Complete

The Story

March 6th, 2017--

I am really sorry to say that Matt's cancer has returned. He was doing well for several months but after having severe pain and loss of appetite, he went to the emergency room and ended up having a biopsy and other diagnostic tests which determined that the cancer is back, on his liver, and needs to be treated immediately. He will be admitted to the hospital this Wednesday 3/8/17 to begin an aggressive schedule of several chemotherapies. This regiment will knock out his immune system and make him very ill by the second week. I will update with more information on his condition and situation as I learn it but right now the most important thing is that he begin treatment with as much light and positivity from us as possible.

We must believe that he will recover rapidly and wholly. He needs his support system so badly right now. The diagnostic tests alone cost enough to drain his accounts. We were able to get him on disability (which barely scrapes the surface of his needs) and are looking into every avenue that exists to get him assistance, both financially and emotionally... but it just isn't enough. I have said it so many times but Matt Jones is the platonic love of my life... I am powerless to heal his body but I can help to alleviate his stress about money and get him back to wellness ASAP. I am asking for your help... Last year we raised nearly 10k in less than 24 hours. The world is significantly more confusing and crappy now than it was then but that's just a good reason to come together and support someone who gives us so much light. Share his page, tell the world why you love him, and send him all your love and protection. WWW.YOUCARING.COM/SAVEMATTJONES

With all my love and light, Jessy 
__________________________

2/2016

Anyone who knows Matt Jones knows his infinite light and beauty. He has been the source of so much happiness and love in our community. From his involvement in art projects to working at nearly every restaurant in town... This kid is everywhere! He is my best friend in this life and I know many who feel the same way. 

This past week he had a biopsy done on a tumor near his pancreas and was diagnosed with an aggressive and fast growing cancer called Burkitt's Lymphoma. 

Just days after he was admitted to Northside Hospital to begin in patient treatments. 

The prognosis is good and there is no cause or reason to fear for his immediate life. However, this cancer is very aggressive and his medical care team is taking the upmost precautions and treating the cancer accordingly. 

He obviously will not be able to work during this treatments and his savings have pretty much run out. Aside from vibing as positively as you can, there isn't much you can do to heal him but can we help him get on his feet and stay in Atlanta with his friends when he goes into remission and we can help him pay for things he will want or need during his treatment to stay comfortable or to lift his spirits.

Right now, MJ is very positive and feels well enough to keep in touch with everybody. As the treatments get more and more intense, there will be days when he doesn't feel up to chatting all day online and will need his rest. On those days, I will be more than happy to answer questions or update anybody on his condition and healing. Visitation is an option. I can update everybody on times, restrictions, and other things to consider regularly. 

Please, share this page to every social media account you can think of and continue to share it regularly. I will be donating regularly and ask his closest friends to consider doing the same. 

-UPDATES TO COME-

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 6, 2017

Posted on March 6, 2017

March 6th, 2017--

I am really sorry to say that Matt's cancer has returned. He was doing well for several months but after having severe pain and loss of appetite, he went to the emergency room and ended up having a biopsy and other diagnostic tests which determined that the cancer is back, on his liver, and needs to be treated immediately. He will be admitted to the hospital this Wednesday 3/8/17 to begin an aggressive schedule of several chemotherapies. This regiment will knock out his immune system and make him very ill by the second week. I will update with more information on his condition and situation as I learn it but right now the most important thing is that he begin treatment with as much light and positivity from us as possible.

We must believe that he will recover rapidly and wholly. He needs his support system so badly right now. The diagnostic tests alone cost enough to drain his accounts. We were able to get him on disability (which barely scrapes the surface of his needs) and are looking into every avenue that exists to get him assistance, both financially and emotionally... but it just isn't enough. I have said it so many times but Matt Jones is the platonic love of my life... I am powerless to heal his body but I can help to alleviate his stress about money and get him back to wellness ASAP. I am asking for your help... Last year we raised nearly 10k in less than 24 hours. The world is significantly more confusing and crappy now than it was then but that's just a good reason to come together and support someone who gives us so much light. Not that you need more motivation but we will be working on raffles in the coming days and if you give more than $100 to support him you will be automatically entered to win some dope art and prizes. Share his page, tell the world why you love him, and send him all your love and protection. WWW.YOUCARING.COM/SAVEMATTJONES

With all my love and light, Jessy 
__________________________


Posted on August 16, 2016

Posted on August 16, 2016

Matt Jones is turning 25 on August 31st. He successfully defeated Burkitt's Lymphoma this year thanks in large part to his extreme bravery and the money you all sent to help him pay for chemo, prescriptions and the time needed off work. He moved back into his house in ATL this month (!) after finishing a long and difficult series of chemo and invasive procedures. He is now staring directly into the face of his future. His bills and treatment costs have used up nearly his entire fund. With what he has now, he will need to start working in the immediate future in order to keep up with bills and stay in ATL. The thought of running out of money and the stress of getting back into the full time workforce this soon after completing chemo is too much. This is absolutely not going to work. Nobody is prepared to deal with the aftershocks of cancer and treatment. He still has appointments to make and medicine to purchase and his body needs rest that he cannot get if he starts working immediately.

My goal is to raise a fraction of what we already made happen to keep him out of the workforce for the rest of the year. Ideally, he would take the time to relax, recover, and get his body in line with his mind and spirit to start school and work again in the new year. I am thinking around $3,000 to keep him afloat and taken care of during this emotional and physical recovery period. Most of that will be sent directly to rent for the rest of the year, and the rest for utilities and life expenses. Since he is turning 25 at the end of this month I am asking for 120 people to donate $25 in honor of his birthday to reach this goal! Zack and I will be the first so now we only need 118 more people! Please share this and consider gifting him the time off we all know he needs. ATL family forevever


Posted on January 30, 2016

Posted on January 30, 2016

Hey everybody. Wow. What can I even say? THANK YOU! GOOD JOB! AND HOLY CRAP! We raised $11,600 in less than a week. MJ is still reeling from this extraordinary gift of love and is formulating the words to say thank you as I type this. Keep in mind he is also dealing with his recent diagnosis. As you all know, MJ was admitted to Northside Atlanta earlier this week to begin treatment for Burkitt’s Lymphoma. I guess I will start with a little bit about Burkitt’s… here’s what I know. It is a cancer of the lymphatic system, meaning it’s targeting his immune cells. He had an abdominal mass biopsied that turned out to be a result of this incredibly fast growing cancer. It is considered the fastest growing lymphatic tumor known. If you do any googling- don’t let is scare you. Yes- it is aggressive, very fast and left untreated would certainly have been fatal. However, it was caught in time to begin appropriate treatment and his doctors are confident that they can control it. That means that we have every reason to believe that with careful oversight of his response to chemo and cautious attention to who visits him and their health – he will be fine.


His mom and I are working together with his doctors to keep tabs on his treatment, condition and prognosis. I spoke today with one of his nurses who provide day-to-day care for him. Let me start off by saying that she had everything beautiful to say about our guy. Everybody loves his smile- as if anybody could deny his charisma and light! She had a lot of positive comments about his condition and treatment as well. In oncology they don’t generally “stage” blood and lymph cancers. That means that we can’t say he is stage-1 or stage-4 or whatever. However, his nurses are working on giving me a roundabout idea of his counts (levels of certain chemicals and important cells in his body) that can indicate how he was when he was admitted and how he is responding over time. I will of course update you all as I learn more and more about his numbers and what they mean.

So, the not so awesome news is that his treatment is very aggressive and is going to take a toll on our friends body and spirit. I can tell you that we are heading towards a tough time that the nurses refer to as “bottoming out”. During that time we can expect his counts to pretty much hit zero and his body will be at all time immunity low. During this time MJ will experience certain fatigue. It is also possible and likely that he will feel nauseated and generally unwell. Its just part of the process. It will be hard to see our friend in that condition. I say that because we all need to prepare to support each other and support Matt during this time. The most important things are to love on him, visit him when he is well, give him space when he is tired, always wash your hands and never EVER visit when you are unsure if you are healthy or not.

The aggressive chemotherapy will last for at least four weeks and he will stay in the hospital for that time so that they can monitor every aspect of his health. There are many things to be wary of like infections and other body processes reacting adversely to the chemotherapy but he is under the absolute best care possible. When the first rounds of therapy are over he may be released to his parents house to give him a break from the chemo. That could last a week or more- we really just don’t know right now. This is a waiting game to see how he responds to treatment during the next few weeks.

We can anticipate this to be a long road. Right now the foreseeable future looks like close monitoring for at least 6 months at the oncology clinic at Northside. The good news is that a very high number of people treated for this cancer end up just fine and I believe the exact same and better will happen for MJ.

The good news is that Matt Jones is an undeniably strong and amazing guy who has somehow amassed the love and adoration of the entire city (and possibly the world). I cannot emphasize enough how much your support will positively affect his outcome. He needs us. He needs visitors when he is well. He needs love letters and comments and posts and shares of all his updates. He needs our positive mental attitudes, our sincerity and our truth. The more we can spread his story the bigger our love grows. I say this with the most sincere conviction: Our energy and intention LITERALLY affect our outcomes on a daily basis. I cannot think of a better way to spend my time and energy than to heal my best friend. With tears in my eyes and an extraordinary sense of humilty and love- I say thank you for everything you have done, said or thought in the last week. It seems like these kinds of things always happen to the best people… if that is the case we should have warned MJ years ago to turn down the charm and start being a jerk but he probably wouldn’t have listened anyways.


Please, stay in touch with me if you have any questions or ideas or just need someone to talk to.

All the love and light, Jessy

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