Husband of Melanie Sidwell Olson
Son of Carol & Jeff Kahnke & Neal Olson
Brother of Jenna Kahnke
Uncle, nephew, cousin, grandson & friend of many
Jonathan needs a bone marrow transplant. He also needs the help and prayers of family, friends and the community.
In May 2009, Jonathan was diagnosed with a form of cancer known as Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML). In recent months, he has endured several treatments of chemotherapy, many medical complications and hospitalizations. His only hope for survival is a bone marrow transplant.
Jonathan faces each day with a sense of humor and optimism that is motivational to all. As a devoted husband, caring son, loving brother and genuine friend, Jonathan’s determination and fight for life is inspiring. Because of the extraordinary expense of transplantation, funding this life-saving operation is a monumental task. Even with medical insurance, there are numerous uninsured expenses such as donor testing, matching and transplant, healthcare deductibles, prescriptions and the costly immunosupressant medication that Jonathan will need to take for the rest of his life.
This presents a challenge the Olson/Kahnke family cannot meet alone. To help offset Jonathan’s uninsured expenses, family and friends have started a fundraising campaign in his honor through HelpHOPELive, a nonprofit organization that has been assisting the transplant community for over 26 years. All contributions are administered by HelpHOPELive exclusively for uninsured transplant-related expenses. Donations through the HelpHOPELive are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.
Jonathan is asking for your help. Together we can make a difference for Jonathan and his family during this challenging time. We need all the help we can get. Please ask your friends, family members, coworkers, schools, houses of worship and community organizations to also support Jonathan. Click the red “EMAIL TO FRIENDS” button above and type as many addresses as you wish.
January 2, 2010
Happy news for a Happy New Year!
January 2, 2010
For those of you who have not heard or read Jonathan’s Caring Bridge recently, there has been some really great news so far this week! Jonathan was able to go home this past Sunday after 6 long weeks at Swedish Medical Institute. On Wednesday, he followed up at the doctor’s office and was informed that his bone marrow biopsy showed no apparent cancer blasts, indicating he is in official remission! This is huge, being that he is now eligible for a bone marrow transplant. Unfortunately, it is not as simple as we all would like.
Insurance has been a difficult obstacle, and we still do not have all of our questions answered. However, we do know some things; it looks like he will be going to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center for the bone marrow transplant after all. This is great news for Jonathan and Melanie, especially because it is located in Seattle, WA. In addition, this will be a much smoother transition for him, especially because his oncologist’s work very closely with "The Hutch" and hopefully be less paper shuffling and confusion, although that may be wishful thinking. As of today, the transplant is scheduled to start February 11, 2010, so until then Jonathan will be receiving low doses of chemo in attempts to keep his cancer in remission.
It is also important to note, Jonathan’s insurance and coverage for a bone marrow transplant still has a shortfall. Since his insurance policy has changed as of January 1, 2010, we haven’t locked down a solid number, however this shortfall will certainly be a 6-digit dollar amount. What does this mean? It means we still need to aggressively raise money to help him pay for this procedure. Jonathan’s only chance for survival is a bone marrow transplant, so it is imperative we raise the funds needed for the procedure. I apologize I can’t provide the exact shortfall dollar amount today, but I am confident that next week will certainly yield more answers.
Until next week, be happy, think positive, keep praying and be grateful for your blessings. Life is a wonderful gift and remember, it is the little things in life that are generally the most important!
Take time to laugh, it is the most powerful medicine on earth! God Bless
December 30, 2009
One more victory!
December 30, 2009
Great News – Jonathan is officially in remission! What’s next? We are currently working on finding a facility for Jonathan to receive a bone marrow transplant – as of today, the University of MN looks very promising. More news to come very soon…
Thank you to everyone who has supported Jonathan and the family during this challenging time. We greatly appreciate all those that have contributed – your support and love has gone a long way! Please keep spreading the word to raise money to help fund his bone marrow transplant. God Bless!
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March 10, 2010
Jeff, Wishing you the best for your family. Jonathan, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Tim McCormick, St. Paul
January 12, 2010
I used to hang out with Jenna sometimes a few years ago and seen the link to this website on her FaceBook page. My Little sister is a cancer survivor and hope the best for you and your family.
Chris Durand / Mound, MN
December 20, 2009
hello my friend..... words can not discribe what I feel, but this i do know ... You are a strong and beautiful man that is a gift to my life and knowing you is a wonderful blessing and fond memories and the next time your in the twin cities we will laugh again and share more. If there is any thing I can do, please don't hesitate to ask. I Spent the day with your father yesterday and we had a good time catching up . I love you say hi to Jenna and Mel for me ,My thoughts and prayers are with you ... Cindy Brill
December 18, 2009