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Comedian Stricken With Mesothelioma Has One Last Dream
Every once in a while we run across the story that is so special, so admirable, we have to share it with as many people as we can.
On February 23, an article appeared on the GQ website about Quincy Jones, a 32-year-old comedian in Los Angeles. Jones received a diagnosis of stage-four mesothelioma in 2015 and was told he had only a year to live. His greatest fear was dying without leaving anything behind. So a friend of his, fellow comedian Nicole Blaine, and her husband decided Jones would not leave this earth without anything for people to remember him by.
They decided to raise money so Jones could have his own one-hour stand-up comedy special.
Smashing their Goal
Blaine and her husband set up a Kickstarter.com project so people could contribute and help make the special a reality. They originally set a modest goal of slightly less than $5,000, but donations soon grew to far surpass that amount – in fact, they met their goal in about two hours.
As of February 23, the project had raised more than $19,000.
The outpouring of support was overwhelming for Blaine, who took to her Facebook account to thank everyone who had donated to help make Jones’ dying wish come true. Blaine wrote that the added money would not only help them improve the quality of the finished product, but also help speed completion. Any money left over will go toward helping make Jones as comfortable as possible during his last days.