My Friend

Two weeks ago, my good friend, Ron, suffered a brain aneurysm.

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He’s been in the hospital since and his doctor’s say he has a slim to zero chance of regaining consciousness. This is still all so unbelievable to me. I mean, he’s 36 years old.

I’ve known Ron for over eight years. We’ve worked together at three different companies and talk daily. He has a wife and an eight year old son that he adores. Ron was in the Navy. He is working on his Master’s degree and taught himself German by watching episodes of Family Guy in German, no less. He is one of the most patient, easy going, and funniest guys I’ve ever met.

One day at work, Ron put up a flyer at work asking for free tacos.


A couple days later, when someone took the flyer down, he put up a missing flyer flyer.


Another day, he bought a cake and balloons and left them in the kitchen. When the cake was almost completely eaten, he sent a company-wide email thanking everyone for their donations and said they could check out the cake and balloons that will be delivered to the orphanage in the kitchen. He’s just so naturally funny and everyone that meets him, likes him. This world will be a worse place without him in it.

I can’t imagine the hospital and other expenses his family will have to face. There’s a GoFundMe in Ron’s name. The page says “in memory of” which is upsetting to me because he’s not gone yet. I still have hope for him and I miss my friend.

If you have a few dollars and would like to make a donation, I know his family will be grateful.


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7 responses to “My Friend

  1. Sara

    Great words for a great man. I still can’t believe it.
    BTW, Ron was in the Navy not the Marines.

  2. Mandy Rivera

    Devastated. Completely in shock and I agree, I’m not keen on the ‘In Memory of’ since he is still with us although it may not be for long. Heartbroken isn’t even the word right now 😦

  3. Kate

    I’m still so in shock over this. I wish I’d gotten to know him better, man he is so funny. I didn’t realize the taco sign was him. Let’s keep that sign going. 🙂

  4. Aw Paula. I am so sorry about your friend. What a nightmare. I can’t even imagine what his family is going through. Big hugs to you!

  5. Nicole

    So scary! He seems like a really great guy.

  6. I saw on FB that he passed away- I’m so sorry for your loss and for his family 😦

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