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The Newirth family is looking for your support to help Jamil in his fight against cancer. Here is his story:

Beautiful Jamil

At the young age of 32, Jamil Newirth has been diagnosed with a stage 4 Glioblastoma Multiforme, which is a cancerous and malignant brain tumor. Jamil will undergo resection surgery to try and remove as much of the tumor as possible before starting radiation and chemotherapy treatment. This type of brain tumor is fast growing and has a 100% recurrence rate, therefore Jamil faces a lifelong battle. Future surgeries and subsequent treatment are highly likely. Just as Jamil’s battle will be ongoing, so will the financial burden. Jamil’s family is now looking to raise money to pay for the initial medical bills and to support his health regime as he enters a period of extensive treatments.

Jamil was born in Santa Cruz, California on March 27, 1980. At the age 9 his family moved to Maui, Hawaii where he enjoyed the ocean and living on Maui’s North Shore. Jamil attended Seabury Hall High School where he was lucky to be a part of an exceptional basketball team that is still talked about to this day. He has always been a studious, yet well rounded student.

He was given a partial scholastic scholarship to attend Pepperdine University in Malibu, California where he earned a B.A. in Advertising and Minor in Marketing. He worked hard in school receiving excellent grades and also working part-time as a valet. He has always had a stong work ethic.

Jamil was fortunate to start his career working for the Mercedes-Benz national advertising agency. After a couple years he was recruited by another advertising agency still within the automotive industry. Jamil had thought about going to law school directly out of college and wishing to return home to Hawaii for good, Jamil devised a plan to finally fulfill his dream of attaining a law degree. He had saved enough money to help put himself through school and graduated from University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law in May 2012 with an Environmental Law Certificate. After graduation he let his health insurance lapse because he was studying for the Bar Exam and was to return home to Maui on August 1st to work for a Judge. Jamil was very excited for this opportunity and to be returning home. It was the first step in his plan to open a small firm on Maui dedicated to upholding the integrity of the profession and giving back to the island community. These plans were put on hold in late June when Jamil began experiencing extreme headaches, visiting the ER twice before an MRI revealed a large tumor.

Jamil’s name means beautiful and that is for sure not only on the outside but on the inside as well. His focus has always been long term, building for his future. He never wanted a quick fix or short term gain. He is laid back in nature but enjoys challenges. He enjoyed studying and developing the intellectual part of his mind, learning about law, potilitcs, history and the environment. Jamil is a self-made man, always willing to work hard and help others. He is kind and thoughtful and when he is your friend, he is for life. He is loved by so many friends and family and still has a bright future ahead.

Anyways, enough of that bull. This is Jamil and as you can tell I have had to pretty much give up control of my life (from what I eat to what I do) but I wanted to add a little something. I consider myself to be extremely fortunate because of all the people I have met along the way and the fun times we have all shared. This is a tough hit but I’m not going down without hitting back and hope to share more fun times with everyone. I would like to thank David, Melissa, Naomi, and Kaili because it is only with their help that I am getting stronger every day. Thank you to everyone for all the well wishes, thoughts and prayers, I cannot wait to hang out again soon and have some fun. Be well. - Jamil

If you wish to contact Jamil and his family please email us at HELPJAMILFIGHT@GMAIL.COM

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