Timothy Francis Jones, also known as DJ Timbuck2, succumbed to Stage IV Renal Cell Carcinoma on December 19, 2015 at the age of 34. Timothy was diagnosed on November 18, 2014 but began to show clear signs of failing health a full year before in 2013. It certainly makes one pause and wonder had he been proactive about his health care would an earlier diagnosis have saved his life? The very least we could hope for would be a lesser Stage than IV. Even a possibility of removal of the offending kidney. All of these possibilities were realized by Tim in the late stages of his illness and the need to get a message out to the public about taking care of your health began to weigh on him. The idea of a foundation began to rankle in his mind and on paper. But who would be his target? What would be his message? Tim left few notes but one very big message--
"Your struggle is my struggle, and I'm here to fight with you. To the ones with too much pride, and don't like going to the doctor because they are too proud and can handle it all, I have high hopes that my journey and story brings you back down to earth."
The Timothy Francis Jones Foundation seeks to inform and educate a segment of the population that is placed at a higher health risk due to either a lack of practical knowledge about the importance of regular health care or a general apathy to utilize the available health care avenues. This target group, male in general and men of color in particular, consists of any male who delays health maintenance because of misplaced beliefs such as “there will be plenty of time to go to the doctor later” or “real men are tough and don’t need to see the doctor”. Our hope is to foster a cultural change in the male mindset on what health care is. We want to spread the word that actions taken early can result in long-term health dividends. Our aim is to plant the seeds of health care early so it becomes the norm instead of the exception.