Two Community People in Need

Jon Downing, John Haase’s step son and an Uftring Auto Group employee, is battling a terrible cancer, multiple myeloma. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this disease. He is only 35 years old with two young children and a wife.

Jon is scheduled for a stem cell transplant in Chicago for March. He will undergo a procedure to collect the stem cells in February, and then return in one week for three days of high dose chemotherapy, followed by a stem cell transplant. He is expected to be in the hospital for 18 days and will probably not return to work for two to six months. He is hopeful to achieve remission.

Although Jon and his family are very thankful for good medical and disability insurance, medical expenses and loss of income will be substantial. Visit Jon’s gofundme to read his story and leave a message to let him know the community is supporting him and he is in our prayers. Donations are gratefully accepted.

Jim Weber, also an Uftring Auto Group employee, is in a battle for his life. In 2006, Jim began having some respiratory problems. After several tests and medications part of his right lung was removed. Unfortunately Jim’s problems persisted. In 2015, his condition began to worsen and tests showed that pneumonia had turned into Pulmonary Fibrosis. Pulmonary Fibrosis is a disease for which the only cure is a lung transplant. At that point, Jim was referred to Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

After a week of testing in January of 2016, doctors determined that Jim would probably not live another year without a lung transplant. Jim was placed on the National Transplant waiting list on February 10th, 2016. The transplant will require around 14 days in the hospital and at least three months of recovery.

While Jim has good medical insurance, there will be a considerable out of pocket expense , as well as anti-rejection medication that will be necessary for the rest of his life. There will also be three months of living expenses in St. Louis during his recovery process. Please go to Jim’s gofundme to see his story, to make a donation and to let his family know that the community is supporting him and that he is in our prayers.

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