Boy, 19, with brain cancer gets help finishing bucket list
WEST LINN, Ore. -- After our story about a 19-year-old boy with brain cancer aired, generous viewers from across the Northwest are offering to help Jake Stoneking cross off the dreams still left on his bucket list.
On Saturday, the Stonekings invited KATU to watch when West Linn Police surprised Jake with a helicopter flight.
Jake was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2009.
It returned last month, and his family says doctors say there is nothing they can do.
After our story aired, fishermen, dirt-bike owners, and other generous viewers are offering to help Jake finish his bucket list.
"I'd love to have him out on the boat," said Bill Green, who owns a charter fishing service in Hayden Island.
"I watched the video. It tugged on the heart strings," said Green, who has been fishing the Oregon waters since he was a boy.
Green invited Jake and his family to enjoy an all-day fishing trip -- no charge.
KATU also heard from other fishing guides in Depoe Bay, Ore. and Illwaco, Wash., as well as a dirt-bike owner with access to a race track near Portland.
"It's insane," said Jake, who was resting most of the day Monday at home in West Linn. "Everybody wants to help me out. It's unreal."
One of the items on Jake's bucket list is to hold a cancer fundraiser.
He's doing that on Thursday night.
According to a spokeswoman, Miramont Pointe will host a benefit in Jake's honor on Thursday, March 13, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The benefit will raise money for Candlelighters for Children with Cancer.
You can RSVP by calling 503-698-1600.
"I have a couple of things I'd like to do before I pass on," said Jake.
"Everybody has a time to go. Mine is just a little shorter than others. I'm not mad. I don't feel cheated."