Jonathan’s Story

Site created on April 20, 2021

Jon was diagnosed with stage iv sarcoma (aka cancer) in April 2021. Please do not donate through the tribute page as those gifts do not go to us. If you want to send a gift, visit

We appreciate your prayers, support, and words of encouragement!! We love you all!

Newest Update

Journal entry by Melissa Tjarks

A very quick update to say he’s HOME!!! He was released from the hospital today and we are so thrilled! His pain meds are helping massively, and chemo seems to have already relieved some of the pressure with very few negative side effects so far. 

Jon is moving around so much better than he has all week. He‘s gone from being bed/wheelchair bound to only using a cane for longer distances. Such a win! Thank you so much for your prayers, sweet texts, and love. We are grateful for you all and love you so much. More soon ❤️ 

P.S. Please do not donate through the tribute section of this website. We do not see any portion of those donations. 
People have been so generous that we don’t have any financial need right now. We will be sure to let you know if any need arises. Love y’all!
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