On July 3, 2015, Quincy Jones (no, not that one), a 32-year-old Los Angeles-based comedian was diagnosed with stage-four Mesothelioma and told that he has one year to live. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer where the tumors develop inside the protective lining of vital organs. Unless caught incredibly early, radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery aren’t able to help much. All cancer is bad, but Mesothelioma is one of the worst. So dealing with the fact that he doesn’t have much time left, Quincy Jones thought about his greatest fear: not leaving anything behind when he goes. So with the help of a fellow comedian named Nicole Blaine and her husband, Jones is raising money to fight that fear and to leave something behind—like a one-hour stand-up special.
They set a goal of $4,985. As of this moment, the project has raised $19,431, and the outpouring of support has been huge and breathtaking. Nicole posted on her Facebook about the shocking speed with which the campaign met (and exceeded) its goal, as well as what the excess funds will go towards:
Sometimes people can do beautiful things. If you’d like to donate to the campaign, go to Kickstarter. If you’d like to donate exclusively to Quincy’s medical care you can do that too at a GoFundMe page.