Today I talked to JB.  I promised him, like I will all future recipients of The Mayday Foundation, complete confidentiality.  Some details may appear to be missing and that’s solely to protect his identity.  Rest assured – JB needs our help.

JB is the first family our tribe is directly helping.

JB thought he had injured his back.  A diesel technician, JB was out of work for three months before a doctor recommended an MRI which showed enlarged lymph nodes pressing on his spine.  The diagnosis – cancer.  JB has held his job for almost three decades.  His wife also works full-time and they are raising three teenage sons.

Being out of work has put a financial stress on their family. JB makes daily visits to the Providence Regional Cancer Center in Lacey, a distance of about 20 miles from his home.  He has six more weeks of chemotherapy before he will start to climb back to his health.  He is confident his job will be waiting for him when he is healthy enough to work.

I asked JB what his family needs.  They are two months behind on their house payments and three months behind on their power bill.  Checks go out in the mail today to catch JB up on his house payments and utility bills.  Grocery gift cards are also headed to this family to offset the costs of feeding three teenage boys.  This is what we mean when we say immediate, practical support.

Thank you for your donations to directly help JB’s family avoid bankruptcy and keep life as normal as possible during their dad’s treatment.  Please consider making a donation to The Mayday Foundation to help families like JB during cancer treatment.


The Mayday Foundation is a 501(c)(3) approved non-profit organization that supports families with a parent diagnosed with cancer while caring for children at home. The Mayday Foundation can provide immediate, practical help with expenses like rent, utilities, groceries, transportation costs, and other household expenses. 

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