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This fundraiser ended on 08/15/12

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Mike Simmons, John's son, would like to ask you for help to honor his father and help with postmortem expenses.

On June 15th 2012, at 11:25 pm, my father gave me the news that his recent medical issues were due to liver cancer and that it had progressed to the point that the doctors were only estimating that he would live for another 4 months. "Shocking" is an inadequate word for how I felt, and I can only remember about half of the conversation that followed between he and I. The pieces of the conversation that I later remember included phrases like "the cancer is inoperable" and that my father isn't a "candidate for a transplant". on July 11, his condition deteriorated and he was then only expected to live a couple more weeks. I sat with him on a daily basis, watching as his condition continued to decline for he wasn't even able to wake up enough to take food or water. He passed away on July 15, much sooner than anyone would have guessed, in a facility that offered comfort care and I like to think that he was not in pain when he passed away. It makes me feel terrible saying it, but I hope that he passed away in his sleep, because watching him struggle for every breath was horrible and still haunts me. I am changing this fundraiser so that I can raise funds needed now that he has gone. I was recently told that the cost for cremation is around $2,400, more than I origionally thought. I am asking for this amount in addition to other costs that I will need to address now that the time has come.I realize that it has been some time since he passed but it has been hard for me to change these words because I still delude myself sometimes that he is still with us.
For those that are interested in helping me remember him, I am planning a trip to Hawaii to honor my father on his birthday, August 24th. I am going to Hawaii because it was a trip he wanted make before he passed, but was saddly unable to do.  Though I know it is a bit selfish of me to ask, if you would like to help me with this ambition it would be very appreciated, for I don't have any vacation time and this trip would be entirely out of pocket. If you choose to help me, I dearly appreciate it and any amount helps. If it isn't something that you can do, then I appreciate the time you took to read this and hope that my father can be in your prayers. Thank you, and I hope that my father's story brings you closer to those around you. If you would like to send us a donation directly, please make payable to: Michael Simmons and have "Donations for John Simmons" in the memo line, then mail to: Mike and John Simmons 36 Dunlin Ct. San Rafael, Ca 94903
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