Miramont Pointe Residents, Staff and Community Partners Plan Fundraiser
CLACKAMAS, Ore. (May 1, 2015) – Throughout the month of May, Miramont Pointe senior living community will host a series of fundraising and special events in honor of Jacob Stoneking. Jacob was diagnosed with high risk medulloblastoma, a terminal brain cancer, at the age of 14 years old, and passed away in October 2014, at the age of 19. He is the son of Wendy Stoneking, business office director at Miramont Pointe and employee for the past eight years. The benefit event of note is the Candlelighters for Children with Cancer organization’s benefit event on May 13.
After undergoing extensive treatments and operations, his family hoped the cancer would go into remission. Jake and his family were then first introduced to the organization, Candlelighters for Children with Cancer. Candlelighters is a 503(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to support children and their families affected with cancer. Candlelighters offers support, education, advocacy and hope to those facing such difficult times.
In January 2014, Jake’s tests showed the cancer had returned and spread, making it terminal.
As a celebration of his life, Jake created his infamous bucket list, a list of things he wanted to do before passing. His list included getting a tattoo, going dirt biking, riding in a helicopter, driving a police car and helping other children fighting cancer by supporting Candlelighters. Miramont Pointe’s inaugural Candlelighters benefit began last year. Themed “Jake’s Favorites,” the fundraiser raised over $12,000 for Candlelighters.
“Candlelighters for Children with Cancer means so very much to my family and me,” said Wendy Stoneking, Jake’s mother and Miramont Pointe employee. “They touched our lives during some of the darkest days. They were there with a gift card for dinner or a cup of coffee. They were there with a snack, magazine or deck of cards during long hours at the hospital. It is so important to carry on Jake’s legacy and memory with this benefit. He would be pleased and happy to be helping other children with cancer. Jake loved the Kansas song, “Carry On Wayward Son.” It became his catchphrase that he would ‘carry on’ through cancer. The torch has been passed to us to support other children and their families through cancer.”
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