I'll never forget the day my Mom was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. I didn't even know what "stage 4 cancer" meant. When I first heard the news I was on campus at BYU and immediately started google searching “colon cancer”, “stage 4”, and “survival rates”. As I read I cried right in the middle of campus. It was so shocking and surreal. The week my mom was diagnosed with cancer was the same week she had planned to run her third marathon of 2019. She never ran that race, but would be in a race for the fight for her life over the next few months.
My mom fought cancer with everything she had. There were so many triumphs and defeats during her 7-month battle with cancer. ALL of our hearts were stretched to new unknown capacities of love as well as sorrow as we felt the pattern of progress followed by further setbacks during her fight with this terrible disease. Leesa died of cancer on April 15th, 2020.
Losing Leesa to cancer has deeply impacted all of us. My mom isn’t the person you’d imagine getting cancer. She was 43 years old, healthy as could be (marathon runner and college athlete), rarely got sick, and ate very healthy. But beyond that our family couldn’t believe that she was diagnosed with cancer because of what she meant and still means to us at a personal level. Leesa was a giver and a doer. She volunteered at the local elementary, planned family parties, visited sick people, did service on vacations, was a great listener, fun boardgame player, fan at her kids sporting events, vacation planner, loving mother and wife, Christmas tradition creator, and the list of all the amazing things she did could go on-and-on. Someone this good shouldn’t have to go through something this bad!
I’ve learned that cancer is no respecter of persons. It can come like a thief in the night, and that’s why I want to join in the fight of eradicating cancer.
I’ve created a 5 for the Fight Cancer campaign in honor of my Mom, Leesa Jones. All donations will go directly to the 5 for the Fight foundation which will go to support research focused on finding a cure for cancer.
Everyone that donates will be entered into a random drawing to win a 1) basketball with the signature of the Utah Jazz players, 2) a signed Joe Ingles jersey, 3) a signed Mike Conley Jersey 4) A Jazz Golf Polo.
We are also auctioning off a pair of autographed Donovan Mitchell shoes, all proceeds will go towards the fundraiser in honor of Leesa ( See link titled "Donovan Mitchell")