Often, we as gun owners find ourselves wrongfully vilified as insensitive and perhaps more ridiculously, violent. That said, I think everyone can agree that this story and the outpouring of support from our community for this family is not …only inspirational, but also serves as an excellent example of how compassionate the firearms community can be.
For those who are new to this story, AR15.com member Fatalwishes (Jeff Reed) was hospitalized back in October with a rare form of lymphoma. At the time, doctors were hitting the chemotherapy hard, but the prognosis was not good. While laying in his hospital bed, Jeff opened up about his disease to the AR15.com community. Knowing just how tough Jeff’s illness must have been on his family, the AR15.com community set up a fundraiser to help his family cover his costs and to help relieve the financial burden that undoubtedly weighed on him. The deluge of donations was impressive. Within three days, the community had raised over $10,000. After one month, over $50,000 had been donated.
Unfortunately, Jeff lost his battle this past Sunday. However, I can guarantee that he will never be forgotten. His story has touched several in our community, myself included, and has encouraged many of us to take pause and reassess the things we value in our lives. Though I may not have known Jeff personally, I felt invested in his battle and was hopeful that his return home at Thanksgiving meant he had received good news. I have posted a link to the fundraiser below. Please do not feel compelled to donate. I simply felt Jeff’s story should be shared.