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Tom Gerding (aka John the Baptist) Fundraiser

Organized by: Kerry Schindl

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THE STORY:

Tom Gerding (known by most as John the Baptist, the Baptist, or simply Baptist for those who are in to the whole brevity thing) lost an eye to cancer about ten years ago. His doctors believe the cancer was caused by Agent Orange exposure during his tours in Vietnam, but he was denied disability (appeal still pending). Now the cancer has returned, spread to several organs, so he is out of work while undergoing chemo. He has been selling beloved possessions (like his Harley) to try to stay afloat. If he does not have the stress of mortgage payments, I believe he will be better able to spend his energy and money on fighting his disease. He has under $10,000 left on his mortgage, so I think raising the money to pay it off is feasible if everyone who hates cancer and loves veterans will help him. I plan to visit him next on July 29th; please help me present him a big check to make his life a little better. Also, if you know Tom/Baptist, please don't tell him I'm doing this; I'd like to surprise him.

Giving John the Baptist/Tom Gerding the check that so many people helped me write was one of the most bittersweet moments in my life. He was absolutely stunned. Ever the quick wit, he said (disclaimer: words may be slightly rearranged), "All my life I've tried to live down a bad reputation; now I'm going to have to try to live up to a good one!" I showed him a printout of this page so he could read the call to action and all of the close to 200 individual donations with comments (anonymity preserved), and he could hardly believe it. We may not have been able to pay off the whole mortgage, but we helped a good man feel loved and freed from some of his stress.

I can't say for sure if the money will go straight to his mortgage, or if he will use it to assist in another area. He likely does not have much time left. If any further donations come in, they may be going toward a funeral rather than a house. I will be able to pass along anything else that may be sent to his family. I wanted to take pictures or some video of the presentation of the check, but I would rather you remember the image of John the Baptist/Tom Gerding from this page. I love him, whatever his physical state may be, but I want to picture him in better days. Thank you all for helping me help my friend!

Final update: Tom/Baptist has passed. I will leave this page up for now; if you donate, the money will go to his family. Thank you.

$6,850

 

98% Raised of $7,000 Goal

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  • Jaclyn Fifer

    $40

  • Linda Miceli

    $30

  • Steve Marsden

    $50

  • Doug Sijersen

    $50

  • Lindsay

     

  • Erk

    $30

  • rob

    $40

  • Angela Faler

    $15

  • Swengel Family

    $50

  • Heather Judge

     

  • The Eiseles

     

  • Paul J. Meyer

     

  • john hanson

    $100

  • Patrick Brower

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Karen Kruck

     

  • Armando Valdes

     

  • Kim Kaporis

    $10

  • Ashley Lynch

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Stephanie Mundis

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Dion Ewald

    $50

  • Tiffany Hernandez

     

  • Robert Ercoli

    $20

  • Stephanie K

     

  • Crystal Hernandez

     

  • Christopher Weithers

     

  • Marc Ludena

    $50

  • Michael Patterson

     

  • Erin Beetstra

    $30

  • Doug Karo

     

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Cristian Mendoza

    $10

  • Liz

     

  • Suzy Hereley

    $25

  • Sunny & Rob Fitzgerald

    $20

  • Hunter Almgren

     

  • Your friend

    $14

  • Bret Willhoit

    $40

  • Shannon Boudreau

    $20

  • Preston '08

    $15

  • Mark McHaley

     

  • Bob Schwartz

    $20

  • J & B Skroko

    $30

  • Andrea King

    $80

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • HHS class of 2000

    $30

  • Paige Kelley

    $20

  • Jessica Wilson

    $50

  • Jessica Wilson

    $10

  • Raquel Carbajal

    $10

  • Ani Schwartz

    $20

  • Alex & Chris

    $20

  • Jami Thompson

    $30

  • Chris Ramirez

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Eric Garcia

    $69

  • Paige Kelley

    $25

  • Steve Marsden

    $20

  • Jacque

    $50

  • Emily Dapper

    $25

  • Lisa & Kevin Matching Funds

    $100

  • The Burtons

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Tim, Katie, Emmie, and Abbie

    $40

  • Anonymous

     

  • Patti Dalton

     

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Keith Mcfarlin

    $10

  • Julie Bach

    $25

  • Liz Tiseo

    $170

  • Jason & Carolyn Taunis

    $20

  • Taylor West

     

  • Mark Federighi

     

  • Abby Wynstra

    $15

  • Heather Judge

     

  • Marcelino Perales

     

  • Jackie Wilcox

     

  • Brittanny Dacy

    $10

  • Jenny Bannwolf

     

  • Jake Wilcox

    $25

  • Jesica Morales

    $20

  • Joel Mendoza

    $10

  • Anonymous

     

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Christopher Weithers

     

  • Chris Johnson

     

  • Carol & B ill Johnson

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Todd Steffan

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Donald Simmons

    $100

  • Lisa Reyes

    $50

  • Cesar Zuniga & Cory Widmayer

    $200

  • Julie Bach

    $25

  • Evan

    $150

  • Ani Schwartz

    $75

  • Anonymous

    $100

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Organized by

Kerry Schindl

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Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Ani Schwartz

Ani Schwartz

DONATION: $75

4 years ago

Evan

Evan

DONATION: $150

4 years ago

Julie Bach

Julie Bach

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Cesar Zuniga & Cory Widmayer

Cesar Zuniga & Cory Widmayer

DONATION: $200

Ayyyyy... 4 years ago

Lisa Reyes

Lisa Reyes

DONATION: $50

Because you've loved Chris Johnson and he's become an honorable man. He is your precious legacy. 4 years ago

Donald Simmons

Donald Simmons

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $10

4 years ago

Todd Steffan

Todd Steffan

DONATION: $20

4 years ago

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