Jim was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in May 2021. Still, his heart was oriented toward others.
Before his illness worsened, Jim fulfilled his dream of serving with the American Red Cross as a member of the Disaster Relief Service. Remarkably thereafter, he would describe the extraordinary internal peace he felt, despite enduring harsh medical interventions and the physical and emotional burdens of terminal cancer. He would attribute this peace to his recognition that others have suffered even greater tragedies and also to having “the greatest support system in the world.”
Disaster can strike anyone at anytime and not everyone is lucky to have the resources and a strong support system to help them get through. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Red Cross to continue Jim's dream.
The American Red Cross responds to a disaster every 8 minutes.
No one else does this: not the government, not other charities. From small house fires to multi-state natural disasters, the American Red Cross goes wherever we’re needed, so people can have clean water, safe shelter and hot meals when they need them most.
- The Red Cross responds to an average of more than 60,000 disasters every year
- 95% of the Red Cross disaster relief workers are volunteers
The purpose of the Red Cross is to meet the immediate disaster-caused needs of individuals, families, and communities. Explore how we respond to disasters big and small, across the country.
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