It’s not a regular occurrence that something comes through my inbox where we here at Sneakhype have the chance to truly help someone. This particular artist goes by the name of Jay.bionic. Jay has been in & out of a battle with a rare type of cancer for awhile now. My intention with this post is to let him know that we have his back, and that all of you Sneakhypers out there do as well.
My name is Daniel Makela, I am 21 years old, and a current student at the University of Washington in beautiful Seattle. I am writing to you today on behalf of my best friend, Jason Glickman, who is currently battling cancer. My intentions of this letter is to ask you for help, to give Jason some hope and courage as he undergoes something we both could never possibly imagine. A few days ago, Jason told me he had contacted Sneakhype to see if his music video could ever make it on as a post. Your response gave him a smile as you told him to “kick cancer’s ass” and that you would look at the video.
Jason is 21 and a business major at UW where he currently has put school on hold as he undergoes his second round of chemotherapy, radiation, more surgeries, and daily doctors appointments. Jason has a tumor growing in his left arm that doctors say is not only a rare kind, but even rarer for his age. Jason and I are closer than friends, we are brothers and I have had the privilege of knowing Jason for a few years now and have really been there for Jason as he battles this brutal disease.
I have been with Jason on his best days and his worst days. His best day I can remember was when he was told the cancer was gone and had beaten the odds! The smile he carried around for weeks was full of life, love, and would make you want to cry if you knew what he had went through prior to this great news. Sadly, I have also been there on his rough days. Soon after the celebrations started to wind-down and Jason would finally go back to being a normal healthy kid, he was told the cancer was back on his follow up appointment. I can’t even put into words how I want to describe this next sentence of the conversations we had about the future. One doctor told him he had one year to live, and this was the scariest moment I have taken part of as being his friend.
What I kept, and keep telling him is he still has options. It’s not over and he can’t give up because I wont let him. Jason just finished chemotherapy, which didn’t make things any worse but didn’t make things better and now is at a stage where taking his arm is the best option. Jason throughout this has an attitude that is hard to describe, “one day at a time”, “lets just keep fighting the fight”. It’s a positive attitude not only for himself but for his wonderful parents and his friends as well.
In his spare time, Jason has found comfort in music. Something he will take to his grave with him hopefully in many years time. As he makes his own beats lyrics and sounds, I as a friend can only do so much as a fan and supporter. I am of course very biased in saying I love everything Jason makes but I really do feel like he can go somewhere with this whole music thing.
Doctors appointments keep getting more and more intense and stressful and I don’t want Jason to loose that attitude he has had throughout this long process. As I said before, I write to you to ask you for help, to help me keep Jason in high spirits with some words of encouragement from the people he looks up to the most, his idols and icons and his favorite website that we visit before we even go to the bathroom in the morning. I cannot even tell you the impact it would have on Jason’s life if his music video made it on Sneakhype.. Thank you for taking the time to read this and please help me as we continue to help Jason beat this horrific illness once and for all.”
Much love to Jason, and to Daniel as well for being such an awesome friend, and being by his side. Keep fighting Jason! My friends, let Jason know that he is not alone in this battle: