Jay’s Story

Site created on March 27, 2018

48 year old cancer survivor gets cancer again. Enough already. This is my health journey.

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Journal entry by Jay Aydinalp-Mathews

A quick post to share the link to Jay's celebration-of-life service video. https://youtu.be/NvsECFIN96o

Yesterday marked two years since Jay's death. It was a quiet time for Evren, Eren, and me with each of us needing to process the day in our own way. I/we connected with Jay's family and also came together in the evening to make one of Jay's favorite meals - our Turkish dinner: kofte (spiced meatballs that Jay became a master of!), red lentil soup, pilaf, and a bunch of other treats finished off with some yummy baklava.

A heartfelt thanks to everyone who made 6/23/2019 possible; I will never be able to thank you all enough for creating a day of celebration:
  • Trent Arnold(videographer) - Thank you for creating this video for us to remember that day
  • First Avenue - Stacy and Sonya for helping us get the date, and all of the staff who worked that day
  • Everyone who helped pull off this event: Gillian Rosenquist (Organizer/Project Manager extraordinaire/all details)
  • Erin Hartman & Troy Johnson (photo boards)
  • Jake Rudh (DJ)
  • Marco Giovannelli (keyboards)
  • Danielle and Chris Finden, & Efrain Santiago (food)
  • Teresa House (various important tasks and provided the guest books)
  • Jen Brower-Montgomery (created the program)
  • the speakers: Todd Smith (Donkey), Steve Brown (friend, Rummage Kinsman), Andrew Benson (friend, SLT principal, Gino Giovannelli (best friend, bandmate, former boss), Scott Mathews (brother and best friend).
  • and all of you for supporting Jay and us during his last year.
Always acknowledging all of us lost Jay and we all feel his absence.
Sending you all love and support.
Dilek, Evren, and Eren 
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