James Preston Memorial Fund

For: Kalena Calloway Preston
Organizer: Anne Goebel
James Preston Memorial Fund (Kalena Calloway Preston)
$1,460
of $10,000 goal.
Raised by 20 donors
14% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

I am posting this page on behalf of the Preston family. Kalena Calloway Preston, formerly Kalena M Calloway, who is our cherished friend and family member.

Her husband James, was diagnosed with stage 4 malignant melanoma cancer in November 2012. He underwent surgery and was accepted to a clinical trial of chemotherapy. He was tested clear of cancer for a year until late May when tumors were discovered in his brain. He underwent the recommended radiation treatments in late June which were not successful.

James’ journey ended the morning of July 26that the age of 64, surrounded by his loving family and friends, who helped provide 24 hour care in his final days.

Due to his inability to work, Kalena has worked full-time and cared for her husband. The mounting medical bills, resulting in many unpaid expenses have become overwhelming. Although they were reluctant to ask for help previously, the Prestons have finally allowed me to post this fundraising page on their behalf. No amount is too small.

Positive thoughts and encouragement are appreciated. The Preston's express their thanks in advance for your caring love and thoughtfulness.

If you wish to drop a note or donation directly to the Preston Family, you can send it to:

Kalena Preston 

P.O. Box 327

Little River, CA 95456

Please be sure to include your return address so that the family may express their appreciation.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 4, 2014

Posted on November 4, 2014

My dear Family & Friends....

Just a reminder that this Sunday, November 9th will be here to celebrate the life and music of our beloved James Prestonon the Mendocino Coast.  Come and join us for a memorable day of music, dancing, food and love at the Caspar Inn in Capsar CA. from 2pm to 10pm.

A current line up of the great music to be played are listed at the website link below. I hope to see you all there !! Thank you for all the continued love and support you have given to our family .        http://casparinn.biz/ Scroll down to the 9th...to see more info about the event.

I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and continue to think positive loving thoughts your way.

We are a circle filled with love.

Kalena & Family

Posted on October 23, 2014

Posted on October 23, 2014

October 24, 2014

My dear Family & Friends,

The beautiful fall weather has arrived and I am preparing for the holiday season to begin. This marks the first Thanksgiving and Christmas we will celebrate without James by my side to enjoy all the planning to make it a special holiday time for our children & grandchildren.

I know that this will be an emotional ‘first’ for me and I am feeling anxious about it. I will have the support of my family as always, so I know I will get through this with love and joy.

All of us plan to be together for Thanksgiving up here in Little River.  On the Friday after the holiday, we will put James to rest in a private family gathering.This was James’ wish to be buried on the land to watch over me and his Little River paradise.James loved his life up here on the North Coast so much, he never wanted to leave….his wish is fulfilled.

Carrying on without James has been challenging, many unfinished projects are slowly getting tackled before the winter rain begins (fingers crossed).  Many good friends have given me their time and labor to help with these repairs.

I continue to work full time to keep afloat, although many medical bills are still coming in and sit unpaid. The donations I have received from you have helped to pay some of his medical debt. Much gratitude to you for the support you have given me, I appreciate this very much   

I wish you a lovely holiday season with your loved ones, hold them close and cherish every moment you share with them.

Peace & Love always,

Kalena and family


Posted on September 16, 2014

Posted on September 16, 2014

Dearest Family & Friends,

Today marks over 8 weeks since James has passed. The days are long and filled with both the sweetness and sadness of our loss. I am learning to be a stronger person everyday and not be so uncertain about my future. I ask James to help guide me through, be my guardian angel, and he is.

Max and I are sharing this time together and it is going really well. He is my rock of strength and has a wise optimistic sense of the future. This is so conforting to me and gives my hope. He works P/T to help with the finances and helps me with the household obligations that must be kept up.

Sunday the 14th was a big day, The Sons of Champlin, James' life long band, played a 50th reunion of the Class of '64 Drake High School. The whole Preston family was there to represent and support the band. The day was an emotional one for everyone. We were all missing James on all levels, his drumming, his singing, his attitude!  We know he was there, we could feel his presence and lively spirit surrounding us. It was a day of realizations.

Sunday was a healing day for me as I went into it with much angst and fear of knowing that James would not be there, but left with lots of love, support and peacefullness at the end of that day. I shared this important journey with my family and friends and it was magic.

Thank you once again for your generosity, love and understanding for what we are going through. All that, has given me the strength to face a new day with hope and perseverance

We are a circle filled with love,

Kalena & Family




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