Teen with terminal brain cancer raises $12K in two hours; crosses item off of bucket list
WEST LINN, Ore. - A teen is scratching one more item off his bucket list as he races the clock against terminal brain cancer to accomplish all his wishes.
A benefit dinner for Jake Stoneking was held at the Miramont Point senior living community in Clackamas on Thursday evening. Stoneking's mother, Wendy, works there. Hosting a cancer benefit is number five on Stoneking's Bucket List.
In two hours, the event raised more than $12,000 for Candlelighters, a charity to benefit families with kids with cancer, like Stoneking's family. More than 150 people attended the dinner. Stoneking was overwhelmed so many people showed up to support his dream.
"I think it's one hell of a turn out, heck of a turn out it's gonna be big, it's gonna be awesome. They've all got something to say. I really didn't expect near as many people. I expected half of this," Stoneking said.
At the dinner, Candlelighters also announced they've established a gift card fund in Stoneking's name.
"I care a lot about other people, and like what's going to happen to them. I'm a little care free. I don't really care so much about myself. I care about other people," said Stoneking.
Even though the night was to benefit others, it was a celebration of Stoneking's life. He loves anything country, so the theme was "Jake's Favorites." Among those favorites: a barbeque menu, line dancing, and carnival games.
Stoneking was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2009. He only recently found out that it's terminal. So, he made a Bucket List of things he wants to do while he's still healthy. KATU News has been covering Stoneking's Bucket List journey.
So far he's gotten to ride in a helicopter, and has offers to go dirt biking, fishing, and even get a tattooall things on his list. But, there are more items on the list Stoneking has yet to cross off.