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Fund raiser for my son, John (bumped, again, on the advice of FWIW’s on-staff genius, Walt and now, other readers)

John Fountain

John Fountain

UPDATE: You guys are fantastic – $35,000 and climbing. I can’t adequately express my deep gratitude, but please know that, aside from raising my spirits and reaffirming my faith in people, you have sent John’s soaring, which is the real point of all this. He will now have the independence to rent a place of his own this fall (not that his parents would have left him on the street, but he feels in control now, thanks to all of you) and he’s busy checking off things to do on his list. He’s in Portland OR with his sister Kate now, off to a cancer patient vacation on Catalina for four days beginning Thursday. Camping, swimming and snorkeling in the kelp forests. Thank you from the entire family.

ORIGINAL POST

As I’ve previously mentioned, my son John, 31, was diagnosed in late May with stage IV colon cancer that has spread to his liver and lymph nodes and indeed, throughout his body. There’s basically nothing to be done to cure it, and his prognosis is bleak.

While statistically, the average life expectancy for people with this form of cancer, at this stage, is 9 months, and, for some unknown reason it tends to spread even more quickly in younger patients, John is far more optimistic than those odds would allow, and his spirits are high. John’s little sister Sarah has started a fund raiser to help him with expenses and to fund a bucket list (funny, ha ha, that term, for things to do before one kicks the bucket, is usually used figuratively, or at least without a genuine belief in the need for speed), and to help him stay in his own place while he can.

Our family, of course is doing what we can, and beyond, but expenses accrue, and between that and Sarah’s own need to help her adored older brother, it seemed to me that I should not hide behind a false sense of pride and instead, ask my readers to, if they wish to, add to Sarah’s fund. Proceeds – Sarah’s and John’s friends have been generous – are already being used – John flew to Portland Oregon yesterday to spend a week with his sister Kate, then he’ll head for LA to be with his cousins, and then back home, where he will begin palliative chemo-therapy on August 11th. So that’s the status, here’s a link to his fundraiser – thank you.

UPDATE: Ha! Here’s a picture from Sarah’s Facebook, from happier days. Sarah, Katie, Casey the Wonder Dog and John. Sarah and friends

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Valley of the Fires, New Mexico

From our excursion:

Lava flow, 2-miles wide, 40 (?) miles long. Neato.

Lava flow, 2-miles wide, 40 (?) miles long. Neato.

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Why have a blog if you can’t plug your kid?

John Fountain rocks!

MEANTONE, JOHN FOUNTAIN
Monthly Carnival of Arts
Empire Dine and Dance, Portland, ME
11/19/08
It’s the second monthly Carnival of Arts at Empire Dine and Dance, and there are poets, filmmakers, and musicians galore. However, for this review I want to talk about my two favorite acts of the evening. John Fountain, a twenty-something bartender with long dirty-blonde hair takes the stage with his guitar. He begins to sing, and my arm hairs stand at attention.  The sound and rhythm of his voice is a cross between that of Bob Dylan and Ray LaMontagne. Although he forgets the lyrics to his first song, he cracks a few jokes to keep the audience entertained. After this, he doesn’t miss a beat. His voice is deep, yet soothing. He holds his guitar close to his body, seemingly at home onstage. A girl sitting next to me says, “I could listen to this guy all night long.” The feeling is mutual.
Portland-based blues duo, Meantone is definitely getting the most audience interaction here tonight, with the use of their guitar, harmonica, drums and natural ability to get a crowd riled up. People are cheering, hooting, and yelling out such things as, “Listen to that shit! This is crazy!” The band is made up of two men, Meantone (yes, it‘s his name as well as the band‘s name) on guitar, harmonica, and vocals, and Young Brett on drums and percussion. Not only is Meantone (the man) a deep voiced talent, but he also has some fun and quirky lyrics, such as “I’ll steal your car, I’ll steal your mojo.” The duo performs many original songs, but tonight they’re also covering “Cocaine Blues” by Johnny Cash, (one of my all-time favorites.) Overall, I can’t get over how astonishing their musical and entertaining ability is considering there’s just the two of them.   (Jill Harrigan)

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