Kicking it for Jason

Jason Thompson's Battle with Cancer

Early in the morning of February 11, 2010, Jason passed away

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1. Jen Mellica | June 26, 2009 at 12:50 PM EDT

Hi Jason-

Just want you to know that we think about you everyday and are sending our prayers your way. Hope to see you soon.


Jen Mellica & family

2. Billy johnson | June 26, 2009 at 08:07 PM EDT

You hang tough brother. There is nothing that can be brought against us that Faith cannot topple. We coaches will take care of the kids and the green till your return. If there are any specific things we can do for you, please let me know. You are in our prayers and the heart of the community.

Billy Johnson

3. Amy Springer | June 26, 2009 at 11:14 PM EDT

Jason - My son played soccer this past season and you were a true fixture on the field! Our thoughts and prayers are with you every day and I pray that God will give you the strength to fight this battle! We will pray for you every day.

Steve, Amy and Christian Springer

4. Louis Gwen & Luke Anthony | June 26, 2009 at 11:20 PM EDT

Hi jason,

Not a single day goes by without us thinking about you. We are praying for you especially for your \\\"strength and determination on the side line. I got luke to pray for you today. We will keep this up until you return. Hang in there my friend.

Love, Louis,Gwen & Luke

5. Yancey Garringer | June 26, 2009 at 11:31 PM EDT

Man, bro our prayers our with you!! Your a great guy and enjoyed playing soccer with you. You have done a lot with your time to help others learn the sport we both love. To all that help support, you are helping someone that is a Good man and friend!!

6. Jason | June 27, 2009 at 12:43 AM EDT


I just wanted you to know that I am praying for you. Gabriela has asked about you almost every day and asks me how you are doing. Just the other day she said...Mom can I play soccer again, yet?? She is waiting for you to get better! You are in our thoughts often. We will pray for your healing and fast recovery. Stay strong and positive...keep the faith and know that YOU can beat this!! Attitude is everything!! Sending our love and a big hug!!

Jahnette and Gabriela Giana(age 7)

7. Britton & Henson Bartlett | June 27, 2009 at 10:20 AM EDT


You are in our minds, our hearts, and our prayers. We pray for you and your family and your doctors every night when Dad and I say bedtime prayers with baby Quinn and Beck by their cribs. I miss seeing you on the field and can't wait until you get back. You are a great coach and a COOL guy. I hope I will be as strong as you when I grow up. Me and Dad are sending you our secret handshake (at the end we always say peace, love, and happiness.)


Henson (and Dad)

8. Micah Hatcher | June 27, 2009 at 12:18 PM EDT

Hang in there brother your going to make it through even if the path gets crooked for a bit. You are in our thought's and prayers. Stay positive and know in your heart this is only a temporary place in your journey through life. With all our best.

D. Micah Hatcher & Family

9. Kim Giana Moody | June 27, 2009 at 01:13 PM EDT


My name is Kim and I am the grandmother of one your soccer players, Gabriela Giana. I will be praying for you. If it's okay with you, I will put your name on my Family Life Group's Prayer Sheet at my church. We are about 50 strong, prayer warriors and you can know that you are prayed for daily, hundreds of miles from where you are. We live in Middleburg, FL, near Jacksonville. Stay strong and know that you do not walk this path alone. God will always be close to you. His strength will be with you. Never forget that.

Blessings & Prayers to you,

Kim Giana Moody

10. Dean Workman | June 27, 2009 at 02:33 PM EDT

Dear Jason,

Im so very upset that you have this illness. Hang in there and fight through it. You have been a great coach. The best I have ever had. Im praying for you everyday. I hope you get through this soon.

Best Wishes,

Dean Workman

11. oli petit | June 27, 2009 at 04:32 PM EDT

Just want to let you know that i have a cold one waiting for you at the red bar buddy,not to mention i miss you on the soccer field,you're the only one i can beat out there...LOL.

So Jason get better,we miss you.


12. Paula | June 27, 2009 at 05:22 PM EDT


Just wanted to let you know I'm thinking about you every day and praying for your recovery!

13. Don Hymel | June 27, 2009 at 06:21 PM EDT


May the strength and fidelity that you demonstrated to the children in your soccer league sustain you through this trial. God bless you and your huge circle of friends out in FLA. You have people in San Antonio, Texas, praying for you.



14. Robert & Deb VznderMolen | June 27, 2009 at 08:17 PM EDT


I don't know if you remember us - this is certainly NOT circumstances one expects for reconnection! SO shocked, as everyone must be, to learn of what you are experiencing!! We are lifting you up to the God Who created you, Who has a plan for you and is the God of all HOPE!! The battle is His - fight with all that He gives you, knowing His strength will carry on when it feels like there's none left!! Praying that you (and your family) can experience the full power of His peace,

as well as His Presence, deep in your heart.

15. Carmen Brower | June 28, 2009 at 08:19 PM EDT


Hang in there cousin. There's not a day I don't think about you. Our prayers are with you. Stay stong and remember God is always there for you.

Carmen and Gary

16. jim and judy ponstine | June 28, 2009 at 09:23 PM EDT

our prayers will join with the prayers of the many others who mentioned that they are bringing your needs to God also. We were saddened to hear about what was happening in your life. We hope you find comfort in the many friends and acquaintances you say they are lifting up your needs to your creator.

17. Niki and Carson | June 28, 2009 at 09:26 PM EDT

Hi Jason,

You don't know us, but my son wanted to to tell you that\"I hope you feel better, your, cool and the best ref ever\" He spoke highly of you ,and would not have made it through the season without you! Your name will not be forgotten in our prayers, stay strong man. See you on the green!

18. Elliot Gambla and Mom | June 28, 2009 at 11:38 PM EDT


When I asked Elliot what he thought about you he said, \"I think he's great\"!

We wanted you to know that we are concerned about you and care very much.

Elliot and Carla Gambla

19. Joe Ribaudo | June 29, 2009 at 08:43 AM EDT

Jason stay strong, you can beat this! You are in our thoughts and prayers daily and I am looking forward to seeing you back on the field playing and coaching.

If there is anything I can do or that you and your family need please don't hesitate to ask.


20. Jan Hansen | June 29, 2009 at 11:02 AM EDT

Hi Jason! I realize you are undergoing some major health challenges and treatments. The website is wonderful and it is a great to keep up with your progress. We are all rooting for you and you are in our thoughts daily. I know your positive attitude and your great support system will be a huge asset. Please know that we are here to support you in any way you need. If you ever get hungry for some fresh home made pizza please let me know, and I will deliver! Best regards, Jan Hansen & family

21. Gio, Silvia & Marcelo | June 29, 2009 at 03:39 PM EDT

Hi Jason !

We're praying for you! Keep the faith Brother. The kids Love you and we love what you do for them. We'll be waiting to see you on the field!

22. Dr C and Cathy | June 29, 2009 at 03:58 PM EDT

Hello Jason....

We have just returned from a visit to my Mother in England and I was so pleased to see an email from your Mother when we returned. We have been thinking of you and your family.

I wanted to let you know that we are keeping you in our prayers.

Stay strong; and know that you are surrounded by friends and family who care.

Oh, I learnt that the World Soccer Cup in South Africa is in June 2010! Everyone over there is really excited and preparing for the Big Event! It could be a great time to visit SA?

Take care and look forward to seeing you back in Destin soon.......

The Coetzee's

23. Marco Perona | June 29, 2009 at 07:06 PM EDT

Jason, it's Marco Perona from Miami,Fl, just want to tell you that God never give us something heavier that we can carry, so that means that you are stronger than this and He is ready to help you, we'll be praying for you and I know that the Holly Spirit is going to help you, talk to him......

Sincerely your buddy Marco!

24. Auntie Lindi & Uncle Bob | June 29, 2009 at 08:44 PM EDT

Jason, You are the most brave person I know. If I were in charge, I would take all of this away from you and let you have the time to enjoy your life as you should. Many prayers are said each day and I have high hopes that the Doctors are able to treat this disease with all the \\\"God given training\\\" that they have studied for many years to acquire.

We love you Jason and you have to know, that a hugh hug is coming your way from Northern Michigan.

PS: Every Day another HUG!

Auntie Lindi and Uncle Bob

25. Krista, Wade & Isabella Squiers | June 29, 2009 at 10:19 PM EDT

Dear Jason,

You don't know us, but me, my husband and my daughter heard about your illness and wanted to help. My 7 year old Isabella wants you to know \"I'm so sorry you got sick, but I know God will help you.\" May you know and feel the love, light and support that surrounds you always.

Krista, Wade & Isabella Squiers

26. Susan | June 29, 2009 at 11:54 PM EDT

Dear Jason,

I was sent your story by Kim Hunter. I live in CA, but originally from FWB. I am touched by your story and will continue to pass it on. I am a cancer survivor from a rare childhood sarcoma. You and I may be rare, but let's prove that we are mighty! Keep thinking positive and feed off the love and prayers that everyone is sending your way! You and your family are in my thoughts and payers.

Bless you always, Susan

27. Aicha West | June 30, 2009 at 01:17 AM EDT

Hey Jason!! I just wanted you to know that I'm thinking of you every day. As soon as you get better, you are coming out to Okinawa to see me. We can eat the best sushi in the world and go snorkeling in one of the best spots in the world. At least part (if not all) of your trip out here is my gift to you so hurry up and get better so you can collect!!

I love you


28. Christy Madden | June 30, 2009 at 12:20 PM EDT


I am a total stranger connected to you by Sarah Mayne who performed for my nephew in Grand Rapids, MI. She forwarded a link to your webpage.

I am training for my 3rd marathon with Team in Training -- the fundraising arm for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. If you haven't connected with this organization already please do so as soon as possible. They may be able to assist you financially, can provide family support, and technical assistance in times of need. They can be raeched at Stay strong Jason -- my father who has been in remission from Stage IV mantle cell lymphoma for 3 years, insists that one's disposition and outlook is at least as important as quality care in recovery.

My thoughts and prayers are with you:-)

29. Doug and Kristy Sall | June 30, 2009 at 02:33 PM EDT

Hi Jason ~ we know you don\\'t know us but we know your father from when he lived here in Holland MI.

Our continued prayers go out to YOU and your family.

Have faith that your inner strength is enough to overcome any physical weakness. Lean on the Lord, and then family and friends. May someone give you a smile today thereby making your day,it may greet you in the evening when your own heart may be sad. Here is our smile to you today =)

Love ~ The Salls

30. Judy Thomas | June 30, 2009 at 07:53 PM EDT


Please know that I am praying for you. I don't know you personally, but you are my brother in Christ. God knows what you are going through and will be right there with you to help you and heal you. Many many blessings to you and your family.

Judy Thomas

31. San | July 01, 2009 at 09:58 AM EDT

Through your cousin, Mary Schordock in Ohio, a number of us will be praying for God's healing and strength for the battle ahead. You are walking with friends.

32. Elizabeth | July 01, 2009 at 08:28 PM EDT


I don't know you personally, but I was moved by your story and am praying daily for God's mighty hand to intervene on your situation. He is still in the miracle business! Keep the faith and find Him in your moments of weakness!!! You will make it!!!!!!! The song \"Healer\" by Hillsong comes to mind. If you get a chance, listen to it(if you don't already know it) :)

33. Mary Schordock | July 01, 2009 at 10:16 PM EDT


Hi - I'm your mom's cousin Mary (hi Kim!). The last time I saw you, you were in a high chair! I have a huge group of people praying for you here in Ohio... the following is from my best friend to me, but I thought you'd like to see it:

Hi Mare,

Just read your email and the info on Jason. It's one thing to hear about someone's illness but I received such a deeper connection by seeing photos of Jason and a family that loves him. I appreciate your passing that along and his Mom's writings are so heartfelt. Is your cousin Jason's Mom or Dad?

Praying for Jason and family,



Me again.....

Your mom is my favorite cousin...I would always drink lots of milk and clean like crazy after our visits to Grand Rapids.

You have a beautiful smile and spirit - I know this just from knowing how loving your mom is. I am praying for you daily - that you would heal and that God would blanket you with a profound peace. My husband Terry is a cancer survivor, so I know a little of what you and your family is going through.

Sending much love!


34. Clara Price | July 02, 2009 at 12:16 AM EDT

Hey Jason,

You are a wonderful soccer coach!! Morgan (spring 2008) & family are praying for you & your family. We want to see you out there on the soccer field this fall!!!

35. drew | July 02, 2009 at 09:46 AM EDT

jason,hi its drew one of the defence players of last team you coached.i hope that you will get past this cancer. but any way just today i saw this web site i hope i get to see soon.


36. tiffany | July 02, 2009 at 08:45 PM EDT


Our family will be praying for you every day. The Lord knows your heart and loves you so much Jason.

Tiffany, Ohio

37. John Mullins | July 02, 2009 at 08:52 PM EDT

Hi Jason,

I am a Sarcoma victim as well. My Sarcoma appeared in my left arm back in 2007 and reoccured to my right lung in Feb of this year. I am still working at my job and blessed that I had insurance at the time of my diagnosis. I just wanted to let you know that there are some survivors of Sarcoma in Okaloosa countty as I am one of them. I dont plan on letting this beat me and Im rooting for you. You may want to check out and see if you or your mother can get you some financial help there as they have helped me with my prescriptions that I have received over the past two years and they have been a godsend with information over our cancer. You are not alone and if you have any questions or if your mother does just email me and Ill do my best to answer them or get you a person who can. With lots of prayers Im hoping you will have a complete recovery.


John Mullins

Niceville, FL

38. Kim Giana Moody | July 02, 2009 at 09:24 PM EDT


I am Gabriela Giana's grandmother. My husband Ken & I are uplifting you in prayer. Also, if any of your family needs a place to stay, we might be able to help out. Jahnette Giana has given the information to your Aunt, along with my phone number. If we can help them, we'll be glad to. Stay strong and keep your faith close to your heart. God loves you and is with you as you face these difficult days.

39. Jack Barry | July 02, 2009 at 09:49 PM EDT

Hi Jason. today I went to the beach with my friend and the waves were HUGE! I also went to Jambone for the Kicking it for Jason thing. There were a LOT of people that care for you. Oh, and just to let you know, Inter won second place in soccer by the surf!!! GO INTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The team that got first, we really learned from them, they were SO TOUGH! Just wanted to say that. Bye!

40. Carla Gambla | July 02, 2009 at 09:59 PM EDT

\"Every one of us is called upon, probably many times, to start a new life. A frightening diagnosis, a marriage, a move, a loss of a job...and onward tilt we go, pitched and wrecked and absurdly resolute, driven in spite of everything to make good on a new shore. To be hopeful, to embrace one possibility after another-that is surely the basic instinct...Crying out: High Tide! Time to move out into the glorious debris. Time to take this life for what it is.\"

Barbara Kingsolver From High Tide in Tucson

41. Kathy Barry | July 02, 2009 at 10:20 PM EDT

Jason, Hope you have been able to watch some TV and see my team kick some butt and win the college championship!!! LSU It is storming like crazy right now and the lighting show is awesome!!! Lots of your friends were at Jambone today so look for the mug shots in the paper.The kids are having fun with J.R. at practice and you will be amazed the next time you see them play.Sending you all of our love. Kathy

42. Mark/Paula Curran | July 03, 2009 at 10:20 AM EDT

Hi Jason,

Talked to your Dad after you first returned home from Jacksonville. Sorry to hear of your battle. The article in the paper today was awesome, and your website is also. Let me know if there is any route work I can handle for you, like O'charley's and I will just have them send you the check or deposit cash into your account so you will have some beer money when you get home. We think of you all the time, so hang in there and we will write back often.

Mark, Paula, Marissa, & Monique

43. Mark | July 04, 2009 at 01:24 AM EDT


This is Mark, Paula's Boyfriend. In case you don't remember, I'm Hockey Guy, and I wanted to let you know the Red Wings suck, Avs rule. Paula and all of us miss you, and we all look forward to seeing you out about Destin, Charming the ladies with your Portuguese and dazzling blue eyes.... Combine that with your Pele' like soccer skills, and you're on your way to Brazilian Soccer Player Stardom....

Anyways, enough gay comments from me. I wish you well, and you know you can count on Paula and me for whatever you need. Look forward to seeing you out there soon,


44. Kevin Jackson | July 04, 2009 at 09:43 AM EDT

Jason!! Hey Brotha' This is Kevin that use to work at the Grayton Starbucks. Man, I'm sorry to hear about these tough times you're going through. God Bless you man.. I'm praying for you brotha'. God can move this Mountain just trust in him brotha.. I wish there was something I could do for ya.. Hang in there brotha.. I hope that you are well soon.. God Bless!!


45. Bill and Lisa Apple | July 04, 2009 at 03:14 PM EDT

We've never met, but we want you to know that our family is praying for you. We pray that you get better soon and know that there are many others like us that are also thinking of you and your family.

Bill and Lisa Apple and Family

Santa Rosa Beach

46. Sandra Ganas &Jim McDonald | July 05, 2009 at 10:22 AM EDT

Hi Jason,

Though we never met you personally, your story has touched our hearts. We will keep you and your family in our prayers. Hang in there..we can't wait to meet you!

Jim and Sandra

Santa Rosa Beach, Fl

47. Henson Bartlett | July 05, 2009 at 12:18 PM EDT

Coach Jason,

We miss you so much on the soccer field! We went out on the boat yesterday to the beach. The water at the pass was suprisingly cold so, it felt good in the heat. It was a really fun 4th of July. We went to Rosemary Beach to see fireworks. They were so beautiful! Every time it looked like they would end - they just got faster. They were the best I've ever seen. I hope you get well soon. The secret handshake is coming your way!


48. Britton Bartlett | July 05, 2009 at 01:05 PM EDT


I wanted to share this with you. There are days in our lives when, immersed in our own trials/struggles, we\\'re simply not prepared for or, inpired by the struggles of others. We just need to be introspective. You deserve those days to think about \\'Jason.\\' Take those times but, DO remember to stay connected to the common spirit in all of us. In many ways last year was the most challenging in my life. NOTHING EVEN CLOSE to what you\\'re experiencing. I was turned on to this guy by a friend. He just blew me away. Many days now when I feel spent. I watch one of his videos and then... I pick my pack back up and start walking again. I hope you find some inspiration in this. His name is Nick Vujicic. Here\\'s a link:

Love ya bro,


49. Jack Barry | July 05, 2009 at 10:42 PM EDT

It's Jack! Well yesterday was so fun, I saw all of these amazing fireworks from our roof, and I had my friends over so we had a pop-it war. You know, the things that when they hit the ground they go \"POP\" and make a tiny spark. Well anyway, tonight I had the best fish I have EVER tasted. It was SOOOOOO GOOD(P.S. my dad caught the fish :)! And I got to meet a new someone named Riley and we turned out to be friends even though he's 1 year older than me. After that I rode my bike around the neighborhood 10 times. On the way around the 6th time I stopped my my fort in the woods and started working on it. After all of that I went to the beach and it was HIGH TIDE! There were atleast 10 rip tides I got caught in! and about 2 days ago when the thunderstorm came, I got a friend of mine and we got a blanket, held on to the edges, got in my breezeway and almost got pulled with the wind! See ya, going to bed.


50. Amy | July 05, 2009 at 11:08 PM EDT


My daughter Allee was on your soccer team last fall. To see someone your age, without a child invest so much in the community and our children was inspiring. And, you have a lot of work left to do! We are praying for you!!!!

God Bless,

Amy, Chip, Allee, Catherine and Will Coble

51. Joyce & Ed Metzger | July 06, 2009 at 10:58 AM EDT

Hi Jason, We have only met a couple times as We have a condo in Topsail and your mother had shown us your condo. This web page is a wonderful way to keep us updated. As you can see by the blogs written to you that there are so many people praying for you on your recovery. You are a very liked person in the district and I am sure you will pull strength from that knowledge. Many thoughts and prayers for you.

52. David | July 06, 2009 at 11:42 AM EDT

Jason, I'm your mother's cousin from New Jersey, now living in San Francisco. I visited in Michigan in 1985 on a motorcycle tour, and took your picture, with your brother and mother, under a tree in your backyard. I remember it well, and I think I sent it you your mother. I'm keeping track of your progress and you are in my prayers.


53. Jen Mellica for Sue Acorn | July 06, 2009 at 12:33 PM EDT

Hey Jason-

Mom wanted me to tell you to get well and come home soon so she can cook you some Thai food. We can't wait to see you and we think about you every day.


54. Lyn VanStratton | July 06, 2009 at 07:55 PM EDT

Hi Jason,

I am a friend of your Mom's cousin Mary Schordock in Ohio. Mary shared your story with many of us and I was touched by your courageous spirit, love of your family for you and your willingness to allow all we \"strangers\" to be a part in this very personal struggle that you are facing. Just wanted you to know I am praying for you and your family as well.

Thinking of you,


55. Paula | July 07, 2009 at 12:20 AM EDT

2009 FIFA Confederations Cup Finals

Brazil 3 and USA 2 : )

Just in case you missed it

(I'll let you borrow my soccer \"uniform\" again so you can celebrate)

56. Jack | July 08, 2009 at 10:46 AM EDT

Todays my B. day! I opened a present and it was 2 bionicles. nothing much to say. Oh yeah, I had a dream about you Jason that you came to our house and I hugged you.

57. Rick Barry | July 08, 2009 at 03:24 PM EDT

Hello Jason. The day when we were standing in the breezeway at my house and you told me you had cancer, I referenced Lance Armstrong. Yesterday, in the fourth stage of the Tour de France, he closed to within less than 1 second of the leader and came that close to wearing the yellow jersey again in a thrilling finish. I thought about you and the adversity that you face, frankly something I can`t even imagine. The vibes from this end are all strong and good and as said before, from the heart. Standing by. Rick

58. Naomi & Corey Vandeweg | July 08, 2009 at 05:41 PM EDT

Hi cousin Jason! It's Naomi (formerly Streur.. Dino's daughter)I just wanted to let you know that my husband & I are praying for you and think about you everyday. It's been a long time since we've seen you.. it used to be every year at Aunt Merry & Uncle Ken's on Christmas and Easter :) Just know that we love you & God is watching over you.

P.S. Dad (Dino) & my sisters also send their love and prayers..

59. Kathy Vander Werf | July 09, 2009 at 09:27 AM EDT


We are friends of Jerry & Melissa and have been following your story through them - they love you so much!

You are in our prayers as this has got to be overwhelming. Praying for strength, endurance, clarity and good doctors!!

Kathy & Duane Vander Werf

60. Whitley & Jordan Streur | July 09, 2009 at 10:29 AM EDT

Hi Jason,

its whitley and jordan(naomi's sisters) we just wanted to let you know that we pray for you and I will also have my church pray for you. We are interested in helping getting people to donate blood if it's possible. So if you could give us information on your blood type and where we could go to do it.. we are here to help if we can! Our prayers our with you. Stay strong & Take care-

61. Carl Simpson | July 09, 2009 at 04:11 PM EDT

Jason, my thoughts are with you today. I was just talking about the fact that I have not seen you in a long time. Miss ya bud.

62. Jean Crews | July 09, 2009 at 09:16 PM EDT

Terry and I are thinking of you. We will keep you in our prayers. Stay Strong and keep the faith. Tell your Mom hello

63. Holly at West MI Academy | July 10, 2009 at 01:58 PM EDT

Hi from Grand Rapids MI!

I teach with Melissa at West MI Academy, and we are taking care of flowers for Mel. Our Youth Farm team is going to make shirts saying; \"Buy some flowers to help Jason\" and they are going to sell them at the Farmer's Market in Grand Rapids on Wednesdays! There are 4 high school students and they came up with this idea of the shirts by themselves and are fired up to sell these flowers and send you the proceeds! We are all thinking of you in MI and taking good care of these flowers!

-Holly Orians-

64. bdsninja | July 10, 2009 at 11:45 PM EDT

As a born again christian, I put my faith in God and I am sure you have also. Remember with God all things are possible to those who beleive in him. The way I see it, if God heals you, you win, if you go to Heaven you win. There is nothing better than knowing the Lord Jesus as your savior and having that peace within you. I wil be praying for you my friend!!!

65. BRii BABiiyy | July 10, 2009 at 11:58 PM EDT



66. andy | July 11, 2009 at 09:43 AM EDT

youll beat this dude, your too strong, the love is too strong, and youve still got too much too do in this world to be taken yet.....we all have our time....your isnt yet....much love and all the best....hopefully god has a plan. andy c

67. Hannah Billingsley | July 11, 2009 at 06:03 PM EDT

Jason, just want to let you know our thoughts and prayers are with you...God Bless.

68. Nadine Vander Wall | July 13, 2009 at 12:16 AM EDT


You are one the most upstanding people I have ever met. I will never forget the fun times we had when I lived in Florida. Without you down there I definitely would not have had such a good time. I still think about the times we shared even after 2 years of living back up in Ontario, Canada. Thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers my friend.


Nadine Vander Wall

69. Brent | July 13, 2009 at 03:16 AM EDT

Saw a video about you on YouTube. Wish I could do more. You seem like a cool guy. Prayers with you.


70. Bhaskar | July 13, 2009 at 08:59 AM EDT

Hi Jason,

babin here from India. Dunno if you'll ever check this message, but i would do what I could if it were possible in my currency or something..since I can't, I wanted to let you know that you are a true man of courage, the rare kind...and its not sympathy or something..teaching kids to play, self employed...adore you, man....god bless..

what would we be without our pain..

71. Scott and Henri Scheerhorn | July 13, 2009 at 09:32 AM EDT

Hi from Michigan, Jason

We just heard the news about whats going on and we want you to know that we are praying for you. We cant imagine the struggles you have been through! Its good to see pictures of your family. Kim, I will hold you up in prayer daily. Jeanette and Erin will be doing the same.

72. Shawn Gavin | July 13, 2009 at 09:25 PM EDT

We've never met, but I know your dad thinks the world of you. Just spoke with him about your condition. You will be in my prayers. Hang in there!!

73. Deborah Crawford | July 15, 2009 at 08:17 AM EDT

Hello Jason,

OverlordJake from YouTube sent me a link.

I am very sad to hear about your condition,

You sound like a very outstanding gentleman of your community and you have so much love and support all around you.

I will pray for you every day that you have the strength to fight this terrible disease.

Take Care.


74. Natalia Thersh | July 15, 2009 at 04:09 PM EDT


Although i do not know you personally i feel for you. Last year my dad was diagnosed with aggressive throat cancer. He was told the only way to get rid of it was to under go weeks of chemotherapy and radiation. Or they would have to amputate his tongue. Although it was a grim diagnoses he is doing very well today and thankfully still has his tongue. God does good things for good people. I am positive he will help you through this difficult time. Stay strong and always look at the positive side of things.

-Natalia Thersh 13 years old

75. Rick DeVault | July 16, 2009 at 06:53 PM EDT

Hey J...I know we haven't spoken for a number of years, but I have so many great memories of our friendship. I know you have an awesome support system in your family, but if there is anything I could ever do, please let me know. I will continue to pray for you and give my best to your mom and Jerry.


76. Lisa Storm | July 17, 2009 at 05:57 PM EDT

Hey Jason,

Although we've never met my thoughts and prayers will continue to be with you during this difficult time.

Your event is tomorrow and everyone's excited! You have a great group of people working together to make it a success. I have to say I'm amazed at all the many people who love and care about you.

Please take care of yourself and focus on getting healthy again so you can get back in the swing of things! You are missed by many!!

77. CORINNE lINDSEY | July 18, 2009 at 09:51 PM EDT

Aloha Jason!!! I served you a couple of times when I bartended at Jambone. I got my Mississippi family and my Florida family together for Senor Mojitos fund raiser for you. We share a similar story and I am here to tell you THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE!!! My mother was given bad news but her spirit fought off their statistics!! You have support from those who know you well and US that know you as part of our ONE HUMAN FAMILY!!! MUCH LOVE and ALOHA SPIRIT to you my friend.

78. Jahnette Giana | July 18, 2009 at 10:58 PM EDT

Hey Jason,

The two events this weekend were amazing. You have so many people that love you and are praying for you to beat this cancer. Stay strong and postive. The kids did great bagging groceries and the parents were doing good, too. Senior Mohitos was fun but we all missed you. Pictures of you were everywhere and many people came out to support you. Well, take care sweetie and just know we are all here cheering you on. Gabriela says hi.......



79. Nadine Vander Wall | July 19, 2009 at 03:13 PM EDT

Sending you a huge hug today!! Wish I was closer to give you one in person!

80. Kathy Barry | July 19, 2009 at 05:24 PM EDT

In the Big Easy for 3 days and ate enough food for both of us,went to Sung Harbor and heard some good jazz.Jack was at his first week summer camp ever,he had a blast.Both headed back to town at the same time and Jacks ride dropped him off at Senor mojitos to meet us,Ricks best friend in New Orleans printed up some Soccor Moms love Jason shirts that were a hit.Your name will be on more womens chests in Walton county than any,

man in history. Ha! Ha! Will try to get you some pictures.We all miss you bunches...Kathy

81. Auntie Lindi | July 20, 2009 at 08:38 PM EDT

Dear Jason,

What wonderful friends you have in Florida!

I am so proud of you for what you have been doing in teaching that there is a world out there that can be loads of fun without TV and Computers. Thank You for that and giving time to make it a better place for a lot of young people.

We Love You Jason.

Auntie Lindi and Uncle Bob

82. Brian Duey | July 21, 2009 at 05:21 PM EDT

Hey J. Just wanted you to know that I've been thinking about you and praying. You will pull through this. Stay strong bro!!

83. Tammy Morgan | July 22, 2009 at 09:38 AM EDT


I know about your story through my sister, Kerri Price. She is the mother of Maia on your soccer team. Even though we have never met, I find myself thinking about you and your family often.

My thoughts are mostly about God healing you quickly so you can get back to your own life. You are surrounded by love and with all these prayers,I know you will be home soon. God Bless you and protect you Jason!


84. Jennifer | July 24, 2009 at 04:59 PM EDT

As a mother of a US 98 soccer player, I want to say that you are truly an inspiration for your dedication and commitment to the community. I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers until you are back out on the soccer field with us!

85. Paula | July 24, 2009 at 10:59 PM EDT

A couple of cool things.

One is we have been posting the flyers for the Bluepoint event everywhere and I got 2 people already who said you look like the Mayor of, I love it! I know you do to!

Second, can you believe that Elvis will be at your party??? How cool is that???

What song would you like to request : ) He doesn't sing any techno...

86. Paula | July 24, 2009 at 11:13 PM EDT


Just wanted to say that even without seeing you, I can be 100% sure that you are still totally handsome without any hair on your head.

I don't think there is anything that can be done to make you ugly....your parents did a really good job to ensure that. Wish I could say the same for Jerry. Just kidding Jerry : )

Im sure your hair will grow back and look even better.

Maybe you will get really lucky and grow a big \"fro\" just like mine.

Depois a gente conversa mais!

Que Deus o abencoe.


87. Tina Holwerda | July 28, 2009 at 06:01 PM EDT

Hi Jason!!!

It has been years since we have spoke but I just heard your story and wanted to tell you that you are in my prayers every single day. I wish the best your way!

88. Julie Reeves | July 29, 2009 at 12:39 PM EDT

My boys have participated in the local soccer league for a few years. We didn't have the pleasure of having you as a coach but did see you on the fields. I have to say even though we don't personally know you the love that the community has shown for you has touched our hearts. You must be an amazing man! We will keep you in our prayers through this difficult time.

Julie, Jason, Collin, Caelin, & Coltin

89. Jen Mellica | July 29, 2009 at 01:11 PM EDT

Hey Jason. We\\'re all thinking about you and hope you start to feel better soon. Went to Kilwins and had some ice cream for their \\\"Scoop for a cause\\\". It\\'s nice to see everyone coming together to help you. We all miss you and hope to see you back here soon. Take care.

90. Jerry And Shellie Fry | July 29, 2009 at 03:35 PM EDT

Hi Jason,

We were recently made aware of your circumstances as we made a visit to Joe at the wash. He shared a card left on the door with us that had been left. We want you to know our hearts and prayers are with you. We haven't stopped talking and thinking and praying for you since. Just know God is in control and you stay strong. If anyone can do it YOU CAN!!! We have been back in Destin for a year now so we are close by, so if there is anything on the earth we can do for you say the word and we are on it. Our thoughts and prayers are out there for you Dad, mom and Jerry as well.

We love you and are pulling for a speedy recovery and to see that smiling face!!!

91. Paula | July 30, 2009 at 09:03 PM EDT

Yesterday Mark pulled out this bottle opener from the kitchen drawer and asked me. When did you go to Michigan?

It was the silver keychain you gave me.

I miss you! Get better and come home!!!!

Ginger has promissed to stop eating her own poop if you do : )

By the way, Rae wrote a nice article about you for the Panama City paper.

Talk to you soon,


92. Jeb and DuRee Stewart | July 30, 2009 at 10:35 PM EDT


I have a son named Jason who is 36 and an Airforce Major and lives in Boston. I just wanted to send you a note to let you know you are in our thoughts and prayers. We went to your benefit at Mohitos but had to leave early to attend a wedding. Julia Dodge, a friend of mine invited us to come. All my boys played soccer growing up. In face my son Blake's (who is now 28) team won the 14 and under State Championship in Athens Ga., so I guess I would be considered a retired soccer mom. Keep your spirits high, your faith in God and your hope for a cure and believe it will happen. You are young and strong and this is just a little bend in the road. Please know your community supports you and we are all thinking about you and hoping for a good outcome. Sincerely,

Jeb and DuRee Stewart

93. Christian | July 31, 2009 at 12:52 AM EDT

Sounds like stormy weather at the moment, Jason. Stay on course and ride it out. I think clearer skies and sunnier days are not that far ahead. I feel for you my Brother. I wish there was some way we could make it all just go away, but you have to hang in there with every ounce of your being now. I am looking forward to talking with you soon.



94. Kim Hunter | August 02, 2009 at 12:11 AM EDT

Hi Jason!

Just checking in to say \"hi\" and that we all miss and love you bunches!! Everyone in Destin is praying for your recovery and you keep thinking positive and know that you will get better! God is with you and has his loving arms around you and will comfort you in your darkest moments. Keep the faith and please let us know when we can come visit you. I know you might not feel like you want company but it really will make you feel better, I know, I\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'ve been there and it can get lonely and the food stinks!

You are close in our hearts,

Hugs & Kisses,

Kim Hunter

1 Peter 5:7

Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you.

95. Scott Hoooper | August 03, 2009 at 06:47 AM EDT

Morning Jason,

My name is Scott Hooper. We have never met, but you are very special to someone who is very special to me, so that makes us brothers in this life. Not quite sure what to say, so I'll tell you about my morning thus far. I'm working on a small ocean going tugboat, about ninety feet and we have towed a barge used for building breakwaters from Ensenada, Mexico on the West Coast to Gibraltar \"as in The Rock of Gibraltar\" which is on the southern tip of Spain. We were supposed to take it to Oran, Algeria, but the client has not paid us in full so we are hijacking it here to help prompt payment. This morning I got up and did a little painting, loaded up my pack and kayaked across the harbour to the mainland to check email and I'm going to climb to the top this afternoon. 1,400 feet. So as I was paddling across I could see the southern tip of Spain and the north tip of Africa in one view. People out waterskiing, some school crew teams out for a row, fishermen in small boats, and a cruise ship tied up for the day. Lots of comings and goings. There is a set of steps going up from the water next to the cruise ship Astoria that is in for repairs on it's way to Hamburg, Germany. These step are where I climb and tie up my kayak. Only one fisherman on the wall this morning, a little boy. Most Gibraltarians speak English at school and Spanish at home. Those who are not bilingual don't speak English. You can leave your stuff lying around for days and it is perfectly safe. You can even sleep outside and no one will kick you! I'm emailing at a window, and there are lots of beautiful girls walking by. Muslims, Hindus, Christians, all manner of shapes, tones and religious practices. Very dog friendly place as well. Can't go out to eat without finding a dog to pet. They have some type of monkeys here that live at the top of the Rock. Stone Apes they call them. There are six groupls in all and about 250 individuals total. They are fed daily by tourists and park managers. If they stopped feeding them everyone in town would have a monkey on their back and two in the pantry. They bare one youth every two years. Gibraltar is very small and there is not much in the way of public space, but they do have a soccer field. Of course it's football over here. Great tax breaks here, so lots of condos and such. About 20,000 citizens with 6,000 people from Spain coming across every morning to work for the day. They make all their own water from a desalinization plant, generate all their own electricity and pretty much just dump the sewage off of Europa Point on the southeast tip. Not very treated. I've been kayaking through it at the wrong time and all you could see on the surface was mullet. Like slopping hogs! The toilets are flushed with salt water and they have 60 million gallons of fresh water in 13 reservoirs inside the Rock, along with a hospital and ammunition and stores for the entire British Fleet. There are over 33 miles of roads and tunnels inside. More than in town. Saint Michael's Cathedral is a great cavern 700ft tall filled with stalagtites (the ones that hang down) and stalagmites (the ones that grow up). Great acoustics. They hold concerts in there year round. Nice and cool too. Low sixties. So when you are through with your current adventure we will fly here on my dime, climb to the top and feed the monkeys. is my address when I'm home. is my current one on the boat.


Here are a couple of poems not my own.

He who binds himself to a joy

Does the winged life destroy.

But he who kisses the joy as it flies

Lives in eternity's sun rise.

The man pulling radishes

pointed the way

with a radish.

96. Pat Brower | August 03, 2009 at 03:57 PM EDT

Hey bud just wanted to let you know that your in my prayers. I didn't realize you were a soccer coach! Hang in their over the up & downs, and make sure Dr. Rosen Rosen is not there. I'll keep praying and hope to talk to you soon!

97. Dave & Mary Anne DeMarse | August 08, 2009 at 12:11 PM EDT

Greetings from Grand Haven, Michigan! We are parents to Daniel, Eric and David DeMarse. Although we've never met you, we feel we know you well through your brother, Jerry, and through our sons. A brother to Jerry is considered to be a part of our family as well. We want you to know that our hearts are with you, and that we pray continually for restoration of your health, and for strength, courage, and endurance as you press on. May the God of hope and healing fill you with peace as you trust in Him. Keep Going!! Love, Mary Anne & Dave DeMarse

98. Roxi (Bolte) Brents | August 15, 2009 at 07:53 PM EDT

Hi Jason, you don't know me but I went to school with your Dad in Holland. A friend of mine had put a link on Facebook to your site. I just wanted to you to know that there are so many of us in Holland praying for you. You sound like an absolutely wonderful guy. I will keep you in my prayers.

God Bless


99. Jen Mellica | August 17, 2009 at 10:23 AM EDT

Keep on getting better and I will keep on bringing over the spring rolls, and whatever other Thai food you want. :)

100. Jack Barry | August 19, 2009 at 10:10 AM EDT

It's me! Been a long time since I've aid something on here. Anyways, I'm in Costa Rica right now. its so fun, we did zip lining, a waterfall, boogie boarding(THE WAVES ARE HUGE), a massage for me, and we are about to go snorkeling in the tropical waters. CNT WAIT TO SEE THE FISH. Bye!

101. jarryd | August 21, 2009 at 10:06 PM EDT

Hey, sorry I can't help Im just 13 but ill be sure to tell people

102. paula | August 29, 2009 at 09:19 PM EDT

20 lbs is awesome!!!!

We got a picture of the Bluepoint benefit in the BeachComber Paper. Kind of cool, thought I'd share.

Talk to you soon!

103. Paula | September 01, 2009 at 12:00 AM EDT


Im excited about the Yolo Board Celebration on Sept. 19th.

I really wish we could go together cause we would have so much to \"talk about\"....could you just see me trying to stand up on a yolo board. Or Doug : ) What about Jan? I better quit, this could go for hours.

Did you get a chance to check out St Augustine?

Remember- World Cup 2010 here we watch the best soccer team ever, what country was it again....oh yeah, Brasil!!!!

104. Ron | September 04, 2009 at 06:31 AM EDT

Hi Jason, My name is Ron and I was diagnosed with Histiocytic Sarcoma in August 2008. You and I are some of the only people in the US who are currently diagnosed with this disease... there are three others that I am aware of and there are probably a few more who are not documented. I was in remission for 10 months and have just had a relapse and so had surgery and am currently undergoing a few rounds of EPOCH chemo. I just wanted you to know that my thoughts are with you and your family and that you are not alone. Hang in there. You have good doctors working on your case and feel free to drop me an email if you feel up to it.

Your friend, Ron

105. Tracie Pabst | September 04, 2009 at 04:49 PM EDT

Hi Jason, my name is Tracie and I live in Big Sky, MT. I just ran into your dad and he told me about your battle. I truly believe in Gods' miracles, and from what I have read on your website, you are blessed with many each day! The support you are receiving from your community, friends and family is amazing, and you are clearly not alone! I can not begin to imagine what you are going through, but I do know that God will give you the strength and courage you need to prevail!

You are in my prayers!


106. Sid & Patricia Helder | September 05, 2009 at 12:59 PM EDT

Hi Jason - Just wanted you to know that you are in our daily prayers. I (we) talk with your grandma periodically and receive updates on your progress. Today we are viewing the information on the computer. I hope that you receive this, since I am very computer illerate, but trying to learn. We send you our love and prayers, for you and also your mom and dad and Jerry. Sid and Patricia Helder.

107. Sid & Patricia Helder | September 05, 2009 at 01:08 PM EDT

Hi Jason - I really do not know if my previous comment reached you. Soooo here I go again. I (we) are praying for you each day and pray for a miracle and that you will be healed. I realize that you are going thru a difficult time in the treatments you are receiving, but - - hang in there. God uses modern medicine to bring about healing. Trust Him. We pray for all of your family - Mom, Dad, Jerry and Melissa, plus all others who are your loved ones. Love to all - Sid and Patricia

108. Jan Campbell (Thomas) | September 07, 2009 at 10:36 AM EDT

Hi Jason, I don't know you, but your story is deja vue. My oldest son, P.T. Thomas (95 Choctaw grad) battled leukemia for 10 years, from 5 to 15. We know the drill. He's 32, doing well in Chicago, and active in SurvivorVision, seeing to wellbeing of survivors of cancer. I'm in Fort Walton,ready to do anything to help you. Just ask. I mean it. Jan

109. Ian Silva | September 09, 2009 at 09:12 AM EDT

Hi there Jason, I am your cousin Carmen's Biological brother. I received an e-mail from her in regards to your battle with cancer. It has been a while since I have had a chance to log on to you web site but I think about you from time to time. I too am battling cancer but I think I have beat it. I had colorectal cancer and they removed part of my large intestine and I now have a colostomy bag but I am still vertical if you know what I mean. I believe that God must have a plan for me since He saw fit to keep me in the game. I lost my wife last October but I still kept fighting because I knew that is what she would have wanted. It really sucks sometime but I still keep up the fight. I have to do Chemo until the end of October and I get really tiered and sometime I don't want to keep up with it but again it is because I think there is a reason for all of this. I know that it is hard to believe but there is a reason for everything. Keep on fighting and be as strong as you can. That doesn't mean that you can't be week some times. It is okay to lean on friends and family. That is why God put them there. For you!! You are in my thoughts and prayers. Keep on keepin' on Brother!!!

A brother in Christ, Ian

110. paula | September 14, 2009 at 07:57 PM EDT

Hey Jason,

Just wanted to say Hello!

111. Jennifer Savoie | September 16, 2009 at 12:24 AM EDT

Hi Jason,

Just wanted you to know that you remain in our thoughts and prayers every night. Emma always remembers! We check the website and have stayed up to date on your progress. Praying for your healng and for strength during this difficult time.

Jennifer Savoie

112. Doug Jordan | September 19, 2009 at 01:44 PM EDT

Hey Jason,

Just wanted to say hello. Thinking about you and looking forward to having you on the boat again soon! We are all keeping you in our prayers.

113. Christian Franek | September 20, 2009 at 12:34 PM EDT

Man are you going to have some war stories when we one day look back at this over a couple of cocktails while watching the World Cup this coming summer. I can't wait to hear them, so rest, relax, and let the doctors, medical equipment, and medicine do their job. We are all waiting patiently for your return, and we are sending our love, support, and positive vibes your way.

P.S. I heard they raised over $10,000.00, for you and another local person fighting a similar fight, at the YOLO event at Seaside yesterday. Impressive!

Love Ya!

~ Christian

114. The Bartletts | September 20, 2009 at 12:35 PM EDT

Our prayers are with you and your family - even more so, this weekend. We wish you all peace and strength.

115. The Greene\'s | September 20, 2009 at 04:35 PM EDT

Hi Jason and Family,

Wanted you to know that we're thinking of you, praying for you and sending healthy thoughts your way!

116. Kathy Barry | September 21, 2009 at 11:53 AM EDT

Jason, The band at your yolo board fund raiser Sat nite was a local raggie band,you would really like,look on their website,their name is Heritage.They had a little funk Hip Hop to them.Getting up on those boards is sure harder than it looks,but once you get the hang of it you can really see alot in the gulf.Miss you bunches and sending our love your way. Kathy

117. Aunt Lindi & Uncle Bob | September 21, 2009 at 09:16 PM EDT

Hi Jason, we wanted to send a note to tell you once again that we are always thinking of you and wish you were closer to us so that maybe we could help with whatever you might need. Our thoughts and prayers are for God to give you strength, hope and wellness!

We love you!

118. betthy essenburg | September 23, 2009 at 11:31 AM EDT

Hi Jason, Just wanted to let you know I think of you every day, I talked to your Grandpa and Grandma, Jim and Mimi yesterday. Hang in there buddy, There are lots of prayers out there for you, May God be with you. Love you. Great aunt Betty Essenburg

119. Nathan Hoekstra | September 24, 2009 at 10:06 AM EDT

Hey Brother

I do not have a day that goes by that I do not think of you. I miss you a ton. I want to come and visit, I am just not sure if there is a better time than another. Can you or someone please let me know. I love you my friend.

120. Joyce & Ed Metzger | September 26, 2009 at 04:14 PM EDT

Hi Jason, I just wanted to let you know that we check your web site and say prayers for your healing. Be strong and continue to fight. Joyce and Ed

121. PAULA | September 27, 2009 at 08:12 PM EDT


You are so brave and SO strong! I know what you are capable of and so do you.

We are all thinking about you daily.

Hope to give you a big hug soon!


122. Jen Mellica | October 02, 2009 at 12:16 PM EDT

Hey Jason-

We're thinking of you and can't wait to see you again. The YOLO board event was really great. You would have loved it. They had photos of you around the event and they raised a lot of money to benefit you and Holly. I talked to Jeff at YOLO board the other day, when I picked up the check to mail to your mom, and he said whenever you come back and are ready, he's got a YOLO board waiting here for you. I know you would love it. Take it easy and I hope to hear from you soon. We miss you!


123. Jahnette Giana | October 05, 2009 at 06:48 PM EDT

Hi Jason,

Come can beat this!! I just said a big prayer for you!

Miss you,

Jahnette and Gabriela

124. Vicki (Bowman) VanOordt | October 06, 2009 at 08:01 PM EDT

Hi Jason,

Just wanted to send my prayers your way.

I had lunch with Kerry today and she told me about this awesome website. Tim is apparently working down in FL right now and has a call in to your Dad, but we know how good Tony is at returning phone calls, haha.

When I met you and your brother 13 years ago you accepted me into yours and your Dad's life, that meant alot to me. I couldn't believe it years later when I'd heard you packed up and moved down to Florida, good for you for spreading your wings. I got the chance to come down for a visit a few years ago and couldn't believe my eyes!! That cute little kid had grown up to be such a handsome young man, and a successful businessman to boot, I'm proud of you! It was nice spending a work day with you and Tony, and as I would have figured neither one of you quit till the job was done.

You still had that great smile with the happy glimmer in your eyes. Keep that positive attitude and wonderful smile and kick this nasty thing!!!

Lots of Love from Michigan, Vicki xo

125. Uncle Ken and Aunt Merry | October 11, 2009 at 02:55 PM EDT

Last weekend we were looking at some old pictures of Grand Marais and there you were sitting between your mom and dad on a picnic table outside where were all eating with \"Great\"Grandma and Grandpa Streur.

Just wanted you to know Ken and I are praying for you-- A quote for you- I believe in the Sun even when it is not shining, in love even when I alone, and in God even when he is silent. Take care and God bless.

126. Doug | October 11, 2009 at 10:14 PM EDT

Hi Jason,

Just wanted to let you know that we all think of you every day! You have been on the prayer chain at my church and I know a lot of extra prayers were sent up a few weeks ago. I knew you would overcome your temporary setback and I hope you have been able to find comfortable housing. Take care and am looking forward to talking to you soon.


127. Bill & Lois Livingston | October 14, 2009 at 12:59 PM EDT

Hi Jason,

We check your website frequently and wanted you to know that we are thinking about you and praying for you. Keep up the Fight

Bill and Lois

128. Heath Gamble | October 15, 2009 at 07:25 PM EDT

Hey know Halloween is approaching..i was just remembering your costume from last year...classic. Remember Jen Patrick as Juno? That was a riot. If i get to go I'll make sure to get plenty of pics and hopefully some vids of me scaring the ____ out of some people...get well soon!!!

129. Alice Pauls | October 18, 2009 at 10:29 PM EDT

Hi Jason,

There is not a day that goes by that we do not think about you and Kim. I miss our discussions on the deck. I miss you.

130. Jen Mellica | October 21, 2009 at 02:57 PM EDT

Hey Jason-

Miss you lots! Hope you are feeling better. Chris and I are putting up our haunted house again this year. It's a lot larger than last year's and we are donating our proceeds to you. You came to our haunted house/Halloween party last year and we all had such a great time. I'm pretty bummed you won't get to experience it this year but I will take lots of pics and send them your way. You had a great costume last year. We have some great pics of you too. Take care and I hope to talk to you soon. The family says hi and they all miss you too.


131. paula | November 01, 2009 at 09:18 PM EST

Hey Jason!

I went to the Haunted House last night and I was so

I had my eyes closed for the 1st 2 rooms than I kept pushing Mark in front of me....I know Im too old to be afraid of monsters but I just couldnt help myself.

It was really cool tho, they did such an awesome job!!!!

They had your pic from last year's halloween, were you an old man on vacation in Hawaii???

I also met Jen for the first time. We were both in \"character\" so we probably wouldnt be able to recognize each other in normal clothes : )

Hope you are doing well!


Hope you are doing well

132. Nathan Hoekstra | November 11, 2009 at 11:04 AM EST

I am looking to contact Kim, Jerry or someone that can talk to Jason. Please call me at 16162184671 or 16167380407.


133. Rick Barry | November 12, 2009 at 05:42 PM EST

Hello Jason--just thinking about you and hoping you are doing well. An update from the South Walton area would include the following. First, Ida, the storm from out of nowhere, turned out to be a rain event more than anything else, although for a little while on Sunday evening it looked like things might get dicy and of course the surfers ate it up that day before it got too big. There was some pretty severe beach erosion in Destin, however. Second, the holidays are approaching and you can tell because lights are going up already. Last but not least Jack received the Brick Wall nomination for his team as he plays center D and eats it up, in no small part due to your coaching skills. Just wanted to check in. Rick

134. Jen Mellica | November 17, 2009 at 10:02 AM EST

Hey Jason-

It's been a while since I talked to you last. I miss you and hope your surgery goes well today. Hope to hear from you soon. The haunted house went really well and we raised some money for you. You would have loved it. We put up the photo I took of you at last year's Halloween party. It was great. There was a tremendous group of people who came out to support you and everyone here misses you. Wish you a speedy recovery. Take care.


Oh yeah: The family all says hi and they miss you too.

135. Matt & Bonnie Graves | November 22, 2009 at 11:13 PM EST

Hi Jason. Matt and I are friends with Connie Dyson (Melissa's mom). Connie was my ultrasound tech during my pregnany with my daughter (Michelle) who is almost 2 yrs old. We also have a son (Matthew) who is almost 4 yrs old. We all attend the same church in Michigan, Orchard Grove Community Church. You have a great prayer warrior on your side - Connie faithfully sends out updates on how you are doing and requests prayers for you and your family. The Graves family will continue to pray for your strength and healing; and for your family, especially your Mom. We hope you guys have a great Thanksgiving. Love - the Graves Family

136. US98 Soccer | November 24, 2009 at 11:09 AM EST

Just read the most recent update and sounds like you are very much still \"stuck in\" and giving that cancer hell. If cancer had shins, I'd say go in with both feet studs up!

We had a fantastic Fall 2009 Champions League Season, but with a very noticeable void in our coaching ranks and a missing \"A.C.\" team designation that will await your return before reorganizing. Oli and Red Bar were the biggest winners, hauling in two trophies for U-13+ and U-10, and even the Royal STANDARD de Red Bar's U-6 muchkins looked like League Champs!

Next is the upcoming Soccer Academie INTER98 Winter & Spring Season starting December 1st. We sure could use your help, but we will manage until you are back and our efforts will be in your honour.

Last, but not least, we will be doing a \"World Cup\" theme for our Spring Season starting in March. It should be alot of fun, and hopefully we can see your Million Dollar smile on the sidelines at some point if things progress well enough.

Jason, you and your family have a relaxing Thanksgiving. We'll all be counting our blessings for having you as part of our extended US98 Soccer and Greater South Walton Family, and for teaching us life lessons that no one should take for granted. You are inspiring, Brother!

Peace & Love,

~ US98 Soccer

137. Beverly | November 25, 2009 at 02:30 PM EST

Hi Jason

I just wanted to let you know that i have been and will continue to pray for you. Stay strong and please do not lose the faith. God is an awesome God.



138. Ron | November 26, 2009 at 06:15 PM EST

Jason, Glad to hear the surgery went well and you are starting to feel better. I am back home after 4 weeks in the hospital for my allo stem cell transplant and despite some minor complications and pain, am doing well. Stay strong, you can beat this. Coming from my own experience, it is a long road, but it can be done. Build up your strength as best you can for the transplant in December and those 4 - 5 weeks will fly by. From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving and wishing you all the best. -Ron

139. Jen Mellica | December 02, 2009 at 03:12 PM EST

Hey Jason-

It was good to hear from you on Thanksgiving. That made my day. We are thinking of you and hope you start to feel better soon.


140. Doug and Kristy Sall | December 03, 2009 at 10:04 AM EST


We continue to pray for you and your family. Have faith that your inner strength is enough to overcome any physical weakness.

The ~ Salls

141. Lisa Lapointe | December 04, 2009 at 01:28 AM EST

Hi Jason.

I moved to 'paradise', South Walton approximately seven months ago, seeking the peaceful community that you had already discovered, loved, enjoyed and made a big impression on for quite a while before me. We have not met yet, but you have affected my life profoundly. I log in every day to read your mom's updates. Its how I start every day, right there with you and your family and friends, putting love, faith, and strength first and foremost. I know you are one hell of a strong man and so many people miss you and need you, and I just cant wait to meet you when you feel up to it. I like to tell really dorky, lame jokes, so I could be your new lame dorky joke friend if there is an opening. Feel better soon Jason. We are all here waiting for you.


142. Cristal | December 05, 2009 at 03:32 PM EST


So much has happened over this last year... I remember visiting with you last Christmas over some wine and a movie and you telling me that I didn't need to buy a coat because I was going to be moving to AZ. ha, ha! Well..... once again things have change and I'll be moving to Southern California the first of the year. I see that there has been lots of change within our lives but theres not a day that goes by where I do not think of you and your family. I'm praying for you, your family, and your strength. I know like Paula said what you are capable of and so do YOU! She is right. I miss you.


143. Laura | December 08, 2009 at 01:08 AM EST


For months we wondered where you had been since we hadn't seen your smiling face. Then, I seen the donation jar at Don Pedro's and about fell backward. When I went to work the next day and told Joan I think she was as floored as I was.

I just found out about this website today or I would have sent a message before. Just know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Laura (UPS Store)

144. nadine | December 10, 2009 at 07:52 PM EST

Jason, We are all still praying for you and will now pray even harder for this time of cleansing your body and healing. God is great and He is with you and your family. We have not forgotten your stuggle and will continue to pray and support your new walk this month. I am so proud of you to see you so strong and getting the transplant so soon. We love you all and will ALWAYS be there to pray and support you and your family. God Bless to you and your family

Nadine and kids

145. Sid and Patricia Helder | December 12, 2009 at 05:42 PM EST

Hi Jason and Kim,

I want you to know, that even tho I have not commented for some time, that I (we) continually think of you and remember you both in our prayers. Patricia is more hip on this computer stuff, but I hope this goes thru to you. I have tried numerous times to bring up your info page, but have been typing in kickinitforjason. Dumb me for not spelling kicking it. O well, I plead ignorance. We have not been in contact with Kathy recently and hope to see her during this holiday season. We also have not seen Eileen either and hope to do that also. We visited Patricia\\'s daughters recently - one in Martha\\'s Vineyard and the other in Washington DC and now have just returned from California visiting George and Judy, along with Elsie from Cleveland, and of course Jeff, Deb and the girls, Sydney and Riley. Busy, busy.

Nuff of that stuff. Now with all going on in your lives and especially with the bone marrow transplant, you will be doubly prayed for. We pray for healing, and know that God can do that - for sure. During this holiday Christmas season, we wish for peace, and assurance and faith in all of His promises, and that you experience His love in every situation. May the promise of Christmas be with you this holiday season. Love to all, Sid and Patricia

146. Moes of destin crew | December 12, 2009 at 06:00 PM EST

Jason we wanted to let you know that you are in our prayers. Everyday I come to work I see the jar and cant help but to think and say a little prayer for you. you are a wonderful person and we all are here if you need anything.

147. Jen Mellica | December 16, 2009 at 09:55 AM EST

Hey Jason-

Just wanted to wish you well on your transplant today. We miss you very much and can't wait until you come home again. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Take care. The family says hello and mom can't wait to cook you some more Thai food. :)


148. Valerie Talburt | December 17, 2009 at 02:43 PM EST

Hi Jason,

You coached our son, Nathan, about 2 yrs ago (he was the BIG guy with the BIG foot). We have sinced moved to Austin but try to keep up with South Walton friends. We have been praying for you and your family and pray for God\\'s healing and comfort. Wanted you to know that our Bible Life Class at Great Hills Baptist Church in Austin, TX is also praying for you. Nathan sends his best (he\\'s 12 now and still playing soccer).

Valerie & Greg Talburt

149. Jennifer Harrison | December 20, 2009 at 11:56 AM EST

You are in my prayers. I am so glad you got your bone marrow transplant. My Aunt had lymphomia cancer and is in remission after the bone marrow transplant-I pray you have the same outcome. God Bless you.

150. Cristal | December 22, 2009 at 01:11 AM EST


Very happy to hear you received your transplant. I'm praying for you.


151. Sid Helder | December 24, 2009 at 03:24 PM EST

Hi Jason and Kim. Last Sunday we had dinner with Eileen. She brought us up-to-date and we are continually praying for the miracle of healing. Especially during this time of Christmas - when we celebrate the greatest gift of all, we put our confidence in the one who is the great physician and healer. May you have a blessed Christmas, one of hope, love and joy, and your new year be one of returning health and strength. Love to all - Sid and Patricia

152. Al & Yvonne Hoekstra | December 24, 2009 at 04:33 PM EST

The family was all together talking about good times....and of course your name came up. Just wanted you to know that we pray for you daily and hope Nate will be able to make a trip down there to see you next year. Opa and Oma are praying too. Sending you our thoughts, love, and prayers. Merry Christmas and Miraculous New Year!

153. Mark Curran | December 25, 2009 at 11:16 PM EST

Merry Christmas Jason & Momma. Sorry it's been so long since writing. Hope the transplant makes a drastic improvement and the outlook proves more positive than anyone could ever hope for. Actually, I have friends in Mattawan, Mi. that have 2 children with a genetic form of leukemia and both have had transplants. It has been a few years since, and Marcus, my godchild is the same little shit I remember-only with an attitude! Anyway, I wish you only the best. Merry Christmas-Mark

154. Christian Franek | January 01, 2010 at 11:02 PM EST

\"We are optimistic on the new year ahead and that God's healing will continue and that he will be a testimony with a complete recovery and to be cancer free for the rest of his life.\"

There is so much beautiful hope in your mother's statement Jason, that it MUST be fulfilled. Looking forward to having you back!

~ Christian

155. Rhonda | January 10, 2010 at 06:19 PM EST

Jason and Kim,

Just wanted to let you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Stay strong, you are such an inspiration to many. GOD BLESS YOU.

156. Kerri Price | January 10, 2010 at 11:05 PM EST

Jason and Kim,

We are praying hard and we are always thinking of you and your family. We want you to know that we love you both. This to shall pass. We are here thinking of you every day- all the time and we know you want this to be over... it will be and you will come home. We miss your smiling face. With all of our love and prayers, Kerri and Maia

157. Doug and Kristy Sall | January 11, 2010 at 09:03 AM EST


Our prayers extend all the way down to Florida for you at this time.

Love ~ Doug and Kristy Sall

158. Barbara Morgan | January 12, 2010 at 10:36 PM EST

Jason, I have never met you, but I know you need prayer. I am honored to be able to go to our God with request to be with you and your family and allow you the comfort to know you are not alone. Not only is God our heavenly father with you but so are so many many people across the country who care about your healing.

God be with you and with the doctors that are searching for a way to help you. Keep the faith and I look forward to meeting you in the great beyond..many many years from now.

159. Susan McQueen | January 12, 2010 at 11:37 PM EST

Jason and family: I am the aunt of Michelle Smith in Destin, FL and she has sent us this site. I have been reading about you and have been praying for you. I hope that you are staying strong. My son is a cancer survivor, but nothing like what you are going through. From a mother of a son named Jason to you, Jason, God bless you! Just know that someone in Eugene Oregon is praying for you too :)

160. CRISTAL | January 14, 2010 at 03:40 AM EST

All my faith, love, and prayers, go out for you Jason. Love~ Cristal

161. Jen Mellica | January 14, 2010 at 10:11 AM EST


Just want you to know we are praying for you and we all miss you and love you. We wish you well and hope you get to come home soon.


Jen Mellica and family

162. Joey Harper | January 14, 2010 at 02:08 PM EST


All of our prayers are with you and your family. We hope you feel better real soon. We miss and love you!!


Joey, Josh, Gray, Laura and Mike

163. Stacy | January 16, 2010 at 05:20 PM EST

Your story is inspiring and amazing. I pray God will bring you through this so that you will be able to lead a \"normal\" life again. God bless you and your mom. 2 Corinthians 12:9 \"But he said to me, \"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.\" Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. \"

164. Mary Brady | January 18, 2010 at 08:59 AM EST

Jason, Aunt Kathy, Mom,

Your journey has been a study in hope and an inspiration to many. I know you are confident that you are not and will not be alone in your struggle. Your lives have meaning and beauty. God bless.

Mary Brady

165. Kathy Gonzales | January 18, 2010 at 03:08 PM EST

..waiting for some good news since the last entry on your website, and praying for you and your family Jason...

with love


166. amy springer | January 21, 2010 at 12:07 AM EST

Just want you to know you are in our prayers! I pray for God's healing hands to bless you! You are a fighter and many are praying for you! God Bless you!!!!

167. Regen | January 21, 2010 at 10:19 PM EST


I just wanted you to know I will be praying for your recovery and healing, and peace. May God bless you and your family as you go through this trial.


168. Kate | January 22, 2010 at 11:22 AM EST


I read your story posted in the News Herald, Panama City, FL. I have never met you but I know words of encouragement can mean a lot even from strangers. You mean a lot to many people and there are tons of us wishing for miracle. Cancer is tricky but keep positive and know that there is a lot of love in world and you can do anything!

Sent with many healthy wishes and blessings!


169. Lee Ann | January 22, 2010 at 02:38 PM EST

Jason, I am a stranger to you, but want you to know I am praying for you and your recovery. The battle is a long one but keep fighting it. God bless you and your family. Praying in Panama City, Florida

170. Nathan Hoekstra | January 22, 2010 at 05:28 PM EST

Happy Birthday to my best friend in the whole World. I wish I could be there to tell you Myself. Be strong my Friend. I Love you

171. Vern & Kim Helder | January 22, 2010 at 06:16 PM EST

We have been following your website and regret not responding sooner. Please know that we have been keeping all of you in our thoughts & prayers. We send our love and prayers....

Vern & Kim

172. Cristal | January 23, 2010 at 03:09 AM EST


Happy Birthday. I will never forget it because of what you taught me, 1-2-3. :) I will be thinking of you.



173. Jan Hansen | January 23, 2010 at 10:49 AM EST

Happy Birthday Jason! Today we celebrate you and how much you mean to us. Thanks for spicing our lives and we look forward to the time when we can celebrate with beer & pizza! Until then, may your strength endure as you amaze and inspire us all. Big birthday hugs to you!

174. Rae | January 23, 2010 at 06:05 PM EST

I am thinking about you on your birthday today! Today...I celebrate my friend who means so much to me!!! I am praying for you daily and your strength is so inspiring. You are an amazing person and I feel blessed to call you my close friend. I wish I could be there to give you a big hug. XOXOX



175. Mark Johnston | January 24, 2010 at 02:17 PM EST


I was shocked when I picked up the Walton Sun this morning and saw the story of your battle....I am pulling for you more than you know. I worked with you at Cypress Dunes when I was with Pella. I want you to know that you can do this....when I was 29 I was DX with Stage IV multiple myeloma, my bone marrow was 70% cancerous, I had lesions and tumors on my spine, hips, sacrum and skull....I ended up at a center of excellence in LIttle Rock Arkansas for the better part of 2 years......1400 hours of chemo, 2 stem cell transplants later I am doing great. If you or your mom need anything please let me know...

Praying for you,

Mark Johnston

176. Regen | January 25, 2010 at 01:21 PM EST

Jason, I just wanted you to know that I am praying for you.


177. Angel Selvey | January 25, 2010 at 07:28 PM EST


You are in our thoughts and prayers. You will overcome this. God will take care of you and your family.


Jeff, Angel, & Alyssa

178. Vern & Kim Helder | January 26, 2010 at 09:53 AM EST

Wanted to let you all know you're in our thoughts as we continue to pray for healing for Jason. Sending love from snowy Michigan.....

179. Lynne Rogers | January 27, 2010 at 02:47 PM EST

Hi Jason and Kim,

I wish I had the words to say, but just know you are in my thoughts and prayers daily. Keep fighting Jason, keep fighting, you are going to beat this illness!

180. Doug and Kristy Sall | February 03, 2010 at 09:15 AM EST

Hi Jason,

Hello from Michigan - \\\"Snow flakes are one of nature\\'s most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.\\\" We think of your family and with a

smile on our face we know God\\'s plan is to help family stick together and be there for loved ones. Isn\\'t family wonderful!

181. Mark Johnston | February 05, 2010 at 11:17 AM EST


Checking on you daily through this site....your bravery and battle has inspired so many. Keep fighting and the first round is on me when you get back home.


182. CRISTAL | February 06, 2010 at 10:01 PM EST


I'm so happy to hear the latest update on your progress. Like others, been checking on you through this site. It's been hard to see someone you care about go through this. You have a beautiful and strong spirit. Looking forward to the day we can celebrate your victory.



183. Katie Bell | February 07, 2010 at 02:17 AM EST

Hey Jason,

I'm Mark Johnston's girlfriend and I just wanted to let you know that not a day goes by that we don't think of you and pray for you since finding out about your brave battle. Keep fighting the good fight and there are a whole lot of people here in SRB who've got your back! Please call on Mark any time if you need someone to talk to who has been through it. More prayers headed your way...


184. heath gamble | February 08, 2010 at 08:12 PM EST

hey buddy...i was making those toffee brownies you liked so much for a super bowl party and it made me think of you. just wanted to send u a hello and best wishes. hurry up and get well and i've got a whole batch with your name on it!

185. Britton Bartlett | February 09, 2010 at 11:08 PM EST

We were so, happy to hear the update the other day. Henson includes you in our bedtime prayers and has since we heard last June. I've often thought as we say them that sometime I should record it. He and I hold hands with Quinn (now 2) and Beck (now 1) by their cribs. Quinn can now say it clearly. Every single night we end them with God Bless Coach Jason and his doctors. Know that you are and will continue to be in our hearts, mind, and prayers. Peace brother.

186. Julie & Spencer Barbeau | February 10, 2010 at 07:52 PM EST

Just wanted Jason & his family to know he is in our thoughts & prayers.

Julie Barbeau

Spencer Barbeau

187. Cousin Mary and Terry | February 10, 2010 at 11:14 PM EST

Jason and Kim,

I wish there was a way to hug you both. Jesus will never leave your side.



188. Doug and Kristy Sall | February 11, 2010 at 09:27 AM EST

Our hearts are sad this morning but a smile on our faces seeing Jason walking those golden roads with no more pain. Wishing you all strength and peace as you now celebrate the life of your son Jason.

You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Luv ~ The Salls

189. Jahnette Giana | February 11, 2010 at 11:12 AM EST

Jason Thompson

An amazing young man who touched all our hearts! You will be missed. I am praying for all your family during this VERY difficult time. I know their sadness is great. I am sending love and hugs to you all! So sorry for the loss of your son Jason. Always remember what an amazing young man you had. I will never forget him!

190. Julie & Spencer Barbeau | February 11, 2010 at 05:59 PM EST

To Jason's mother, father & family, I am so sorry to hear of Jason's passing. He touched so many lives and always had a huge smile on his face. Jason was so helpful and made such a huge difference in our children's lives in Walton County-US98 soccer. He is no longer in pain and is in heaven. My heart goes out to you. You are in our thoughts & prayers.

Julie Barbeau & son, Spencer

191. brooks family | February 11, 2010 at 06:17 PM EST

our thoughts and prayers are with you all, we are so sorry for your loss. May Gods love bring you peace and light in this time of darkness. love the Brooks family

192. Billy Johnson | February 11, 2010 at 08:54 PM EST

Our prayers are with you. We are praying for your peace--a peace that will come.

the johnson family

193. Vern & Kim Helder | February 11, 2010 at 08:57 PM EST

We were saddened to hear of Jason's passing today. We pray God put his arms around you and give you comfort at this very difficult time. We send our love and will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers....

194. Betsy | February 13, 2010 at 02:45 PM EST

my heart aches for you ifeel you and I love you


195. Jerry And Shellie Fry | February 14, 2010 at 04:30 PM EST

Tony,Kim and Jerry,

Our hearts are so very heavy for you and your loss. You will all continue in our daily prayers.

What an absolute honor it is to say Jason was in our lives. He was such a completely genuine soul. His smile was infectious, and his humor was priceless. How better we are all off for knowing him.

God bless you all in the days ahead.

The Jerry Fry Family

196. Bill and Lois Livingston | February 15, 2010 at 03:59 PM EST

Tony and Kim,

We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

God Bless,

Bill and Lois Livingston

197. Andrea Borst | February 16, 2010 at 09:18 PM EST

I feel such an overwhelming sadness for Jason's entire family and friends. Only knowing Jason through my brother Pat Brower (from Zeeland, MI) and Nate Hoekstra, I always loved it when Jason around. When he would stop by my parent's house to hang out the guys, he was so free-spirited and kind. He seemed to be filled with a positive energy and always had a smile on his face. He would always be nice to me even though I was a just little sister.

I know that many are hurting right now, but I am sure that he is enjoying every second up in heaven. I will continue to pray for a sense of peace.

Andrea Borst

198. Lisa | February 17, 2010 at 12:02 AM EST

God bless Jason and his family. Our prayers are with you during this time.

199. Kev RN | February 19, 2010 at 10:20 PM EST

I am so very blessed, for every day I was given a chance to care for jason. I hope one day, I have half the strength he had aganist such odds. His memory will live on in the work I do. For I love all my patients, but just as parents do I have my favorites. I only wished I could have spent some time with him out of the hospital and introduced him to my family. For, by my tears they felt they already knew him.

I love you guys. You are some of the most wonderful people I have ever met.

Kev RN

200. Nadine | April 11, 2010 at 09:08 PM EDT

Angels surround us no matter where you go

Angels are around us don't you know

Angels will be strong for you

Angels will belong to you

Angels will survive for you and protect you

no matter what you do

Angels will be there in time of need

and angels will never leave as long as you believe.


Jason, I know you are an angel.

Thinking of you,

your friend Nadine

201. Jacob Mathew | April 16, 2010 at 07:05 AM EDT


its 2 months since you have left us, but our thoughts often remind us of you. See you soon in heaven. jacob

202. Jen Mellica | July 16, 2010 at 03:33 PM EDT

Still thinking of you Jason and miss you. We've had lots of good memories that I'll always remember.

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