As a result of our March meeting with the University of Illinois Health Cancer Center, the Timothy Francis Jones Foundation joined with UI Health Cancer Center Patient Brigade. The Brigade is composed of cancer patients, clinicians, researchers, and advocates who come together to learn about and discuss the challenges faced, lessons learned, and benefits of patient-centered cancer care research. We’ve been represented at several meetings by board members Rich Lomax and Demo Salazar. In the spirit of teamwork, Demo joined with members of the Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative today for a 5k walk in Grant Park. The Lurie Cancer Survivors Walk annually brings together cancer survivors, family and friends to celebrate the survivors’ journeys. We will bring you more information on the Patient Brigade as it develops. You can visit us on Facebook at the Timothy Francis Jones Foundation, UI Health Cancer Center or Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative.
The Timothy Francis Jones Foundation was proud to be a part of Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago’s 30th NeighborWorks Day event - Community Resource Fair. The fair took place at the Montessori School of Englewood. Volunteers from a diverse group of companies and community organizations spent the morning working to improve the school’s garden. Lunch was provided and was followed by the resource fair. Booths were set up by ourselves, NHS, the Chicago Police Department, local banks and healthcare providers to provide information on services available to the community. Foundation supporters Shervon Coleman and Howard Bailey joined us. It was a beautiful day to spread our message about men's health and to make new friends. We look forward to working with NHS in the future. Find out more on Facebook at Montessori School of Englewood and Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago.
Mother’s Day 2017 was a memorable day. Mark and Laura Jones of the Jones Equipment Co. Inc. made a generous contribution to the Timothy Francis Jones Foundation. The donation is earmarked toward fulfilling the memorial fund goal established in Tim’s name at Rush University Medical Center. The foundation is grateful to them for helping us close in on our goal of $5,000.
Thanks to your support, the Timothy Francis Jones Foundation was able to present another grant in Tim’s name on March 10, 2017. The University of Illinois at Chicago Cancer Center is the same hospital in which Tim participated in a drug trial under the direction of Dr. Arkadiusz Dudek. The fact that these trials and research are not free is often overlooked. The hospital, manufacturers, insurers and patients all contribute to cover costs. Foundation board members presented a check in the amount of $5,000 to the Cancer Center for their research. Accepting for the university were Dr. Robert Winn, Chancellor Robert Barish and Alberto Cabrales. Dr. Winn is director of the University of Illinois Cancer Center.
After the presentation, we collectively started a dialog on our common goal of making health care more effective in under-served areas. The meeting was attended by the foundation’s board, both Dr. Winn and Dudek and members of Dr. Winn’s staff. All parties left the discussion informed and the foundation for a long term partnership was laid. Our organization looks forward to working with Dr. Winn on improving the healthcare disparities in under-served areas.
Thank you to the University of Illinois Cancer Center for their hospitality and thanks to all of you who helped make this grant possible.
February 24, 2017 was a landmark date for the Timothy Francis Jones Foundation. The day marked our organization’s initial step toward realizing Tim’s wish of bringing comfort to others fighting cancer. It was only fitting that our group’s first contribution should be given to the place that helped bring comfort to Tim, Rush University Medical Center.
In a small ceremony at the Cancer Center’s 10th floor office, the foundation’s board members presented a check in the amount of $5,000 to Nicklas Pfanzelter, MD. Dr. Pfanzelter, who specializes in Oncology/Hematology at Rush, directed the treatment of Tim’s cancer and this donation is intended to help fund his research. The Timothy Francis Jones Foundation hopes the doctor will continue his great work in rendering comfort to his patients and progressing toward positive outcomes in the fight against cancer.
The presentation was a humbling experience for all who participated. It also produced a great amount of pride in our organization and all of the people who have supported us. Your support made this event possible and helps to keep Tim’s legacy alive. Thank you.
An event honoring the late DJ Timbuck2 called Timbuck2 Forever was held at the Metro in Chicago recently. This is the second year for the event. Fans from around the world converged on the venue with good spirits ready to hear some of the best DJs around pay tribute to Tim. The event served as a fundraiser for the Timothy Francis Jones Foundation. The foundation focuses on encouraging individuals, specifically men of color, to take their health seriously and go see the doctor. Tim passed away last year as a result of cancer.
“This is our way of getting the message out there: young men, specifically young men of color, need to be proactive about their health. They need to see doctors. The are so many people who have doctors and medical insurance and they don’t even use it. That’s our main push; we want people to get involved with their health and understand that this is something that is cool. We want people to share this with their children. The younger you start, the more ingrained it becomes. We do so many things that adversely affect our health. Going to the doctor is something you can do to help.” explained Ed Jones, DJ Timbuck2’s father.
As celebratory as the evening was, it took a serious turn when Tim’s mother delivered a sobering message about why it is so important for people to take care of themselves. She mentioned at one point during her video message that if Tim had been more active, she wouldn’t have to be delivering this message.
DJ Clark Kent and DJ Green Lantern flew in to pay tribute and tear the house down with their exceptional skills. The legendary rap group surprised the crowd with a performance as they treated them to some classics.
Timbuck2 Forever is a celebration of Tim’s life and his foundation is here to save lives.
All words and images have been graciously provided by Eddy "Precise" Lamarre.
Everyday I’m on a quest for knowledge and understanding. I strive to take care of myself physically, apply my best qualities to my day and throw the bad ones aside. If I come out of each week or month with an answer to one of life’s many questions, I consider that a win.
December 30 in Chicago will forever be known as DJ TimBuck2 day, via a declaration from the Mayor’s office. This honor is an example of the impact of the late Timothy Francis Jones, aka DJ Timbuck2.
Jones recently passed away due to cancer. In a heartfelt open letter to his family and friends, he stresses the importance of taking care of ourselves and our health.
A celebration of his life, Timbuck2 Forever was held at Metro in Chicago. The city of Chicago came out three thousand strong to show their support for this legend. The crowd was a mixture of every race, age and ethnicity and speaks to the vast reach that Tim had as a Dj.
Super producer Just Blaze and legendary rap group De La Soul flew in to celebrate Tim’s life and spoke highly of who he was as a DJ and a friend.
The night was hosted by Good Music artist Holt, one of Tim’s best friends and it went off without a hitch. Twista, Vic Mensa, GLC and other Chicago notables provided the soundtrack for the night. The energy was high and Chicago showed up for one of their very own. This was a celebration for the history books. It truly was a beautiful night.
All words and images have been graciously provided by Eddy "Precise" Lamarre.