Veteran Jon Stanley was an avid biker before he was diagnosed with brain and lung cancer. Unfortunately, his illness only got worse by the day and it soon became evident that his body could not fight the battle much longer. Jon had just one dying wish though, a simple reminder of the one thing he enjoyed while he was in better health, and wanted to experience one last time.
Jon wished to hear the sound of motorcycle engines, little did he know that his wish was about to be granted by total strangers. When Jo’s brother in law, Michael Smith, heard of Jon’s dying wish, he reached out to David Thompson, who was a biker.
Through Facebook, Thompson helped to organize a collaborative event for bikers. In a post he explained, “I was contacted this morning about 6:30 this morning by Mike Smith through Facebook—and he informed me about Jon, you know he’s terminal, and he’s not looking really good, and one of his wishes was to hear a bunch of motorcycles out his window.”
He added, “Sometimes a dying person’s last wish is just to hear the sound of a Harley in their window. This is Jon Stanley he has terminal cancer. I personally met with his family this morning and learned Jon is a vet and was an abate member who has [ridden] for years. This is his new Harley he just got and only rode 3 times! I know this is short notice but bikers take care of bikers! We will meet at Walmart on Ireland Rd at 6 pm and kickstands up at 6:30 tonight 6/12/20017 to ride out to Jon’s house to show him and his family some love and make some noise for him!”
Within a few hours, David’s post had been shared widely and dozens of people reached out offering their support in making Jon Stanley’s dying wish a reality for him.
David said, “A lot of people think motorcycles are loud and obnoxious, but you know, we’re a big brotherhood, and we take care of each other.”
Later on, over 100 bikers met at a local Walmart and rode out together to Jon’s place. Jon himself was too sick to sit his own Harley Davidson, but the bikers made sure he had a few moments with his wife on one of the bikes as they sat beside each other.
Jon’s granddaughter, Liliana Ramirez said, “Knowing that all this happened for one man. All he ever wanted was him and his wife on that Harley.”
Unfortunately, Jon passed away later that same night, just hours after his dying wish came true thanks to the kindness of total strangers.