Funeral expenses for US Veteran Stoddard

For: Stoddard Family
Organizer: John Stoddard
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The Story

In early December of 2013, James Irwin Stoddard Jr. was preparing for finals to finish his Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Russian. James found that he was having difficulty breathing, he checked himself into the VA Hospital in Albuquerque, NM.

They immediately began to run test and placed him on oxygen, because he had some kind of fluid around his lungs. The doctors ended up removing more than 2 liters of fluid with an orange color and found a large amount of infection.

The liquid was cancerous, so the Doctors brought in an oncologist. Even through all this, he managed to work thing out with his professors and finish his Bachelor's degree.

He had a PET & CT (cat) scan together and gave them a good baseline to go off. The cancer was in its early stages in his lungs and there was a little by one vertebrae. Chemotherapy treatments began. The doctors hoped that it would help encourage the lungs to seek their original position and unfold from the shock. James was using 12 liters of oxygen per day.

A few days before Christmas, his breathing capacity had increased and he was able to get out of the hospital, though he now needed to have an oxygen tank with him.

He was on Chemo treatments and he was feeling the fatigue over the months that followed, until the beginning of May when they checked how the Chemo had affected the cancer.

The Chemotherapy did not affect the cancer at all. A stronger medicine was administered for a sharper PET scan to what the cancer was done. The small speck on his vertebra had spread throughout his vertebrae. A limp node under his right jawbone has increased in size, where they were able to get a biopsy from the limp node, so they could determine what kind of Lung Cancer they were facing to be more successful. They gave what James called a "cocktail", it has two different Chemo drugs than he has had, and one other. They hoped it would stop the cancer from dividing.

James back was in a great deal of pain and everything else ached. He soon could no longer take care of himself and it was planned that he would go up with our parents to their home in Ogden UT. In preparation for that move, he stayed with our sister Rachel, her husband Heath, and their children.

In the morning on May 21 2014, when Heath went in to wake James up, he found he had died peacefully in his sleep.

We are raising money because he did not have any life insurance to aid in funeral expenses and to help with the expense of transporting him closer to our parents' home in Utah.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on June 5, 2014 by John Stoddard
James Stoddard Jr. FUNERAL PLANS:

Wed. June 11 we will start with the Military Grave site service at 3:00 pm.
Camp William Veteran Memorial Cemetary
17111 Camp William (hwy 68 Red Wood Road).
Bluffdale, UT 84065
This is just north or the military base. (Direction at the bottom)

We will have a picnic in Talyorsville, UT (TBD).

At 6:00 pm is the Memorial at
The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints
895 West on 4800 South
Taylorsville UT 84123
We will have a Video of James' life and a table display. Elder Spencer V. Jones who was in the Second Quarrum of Seventies and our bishop is speaking. Bishop Nolte is going to sing and Jim, James' father will speak.

Directions to Camp William Veteran Memorial Cemetary

Coming from the NORTH
Take Exit 289 (Bangerter Hwy) to Red Wood Road.Go south through Bluffdale about 1-2 miles. Turn on to Jordan Narrow Road then sharp turn right, into the Cemetary. If you get to the base you have gone too far.

Coming from the SOUTH
Take exit 282 (Hwy 85 or w 2100 North) north end of Lehi. At Red Wood Road travel North past the base you will see the Cemetary head stones. Turn onto Jordan Narrows Road then sharp turn into the Cemetary

Posted on May 29, 2014 by John Stoddard

James's body is now in Utah, the two funeral homes have come to an understanding, there will be only one bill and it will be due the day of the burial.

Posted on May 26, 2014 by John Stoddard
We are going to have two memorial services. The first is in Albuquerque, NM on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 11:00am, at the LDS chapel 8130 Sage Rd SW, Albuquerque, NM 87121.
The Second will be on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. We are still working on the time and place, but I will update as the plans are finalized.
Not all of us could be at both, but here is the list of James' immediate family members who will be at the services.
The memorial service in Albuquerque: our parents James and Sandy Stoddard, Rebekah Brooks, Rachel Alvidrez, and Elizabeth Kirkland.
The memorial service in Utah: our parents James and Sandy Stoddard, Rachel Alvidrez, Mary Hatch, Elizabeth Kirkland, and John Stoddard.

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