When combat veteran Jon Stanley was diagnosed with lung and brain cancer, physicians were aware that he faced a difficult journey from then on.
Sadly, his condition quickly got worse and it became apparent that the horrible illness would claim his life. Jon had a final wish, though. It was a goal that would keep him upbeat during hard times.
He wanted the last sound he heard to be the revving of motorcycle engines.
You see, Jon was a huge fan of motorcycles and he experienced a strong bond with his bike and his friends.
He had no idea that this wish would be granted in the most amazing way.
After learning about Jon’s last wish, his brother in law Michael Smith contacted biker David Thompson. Thompson set out to organize a big event on social media, and the results were shocking.
David wrote in a Facebook post: “I was contacted this morning about 6:30 this morning by Mike Smith through Facebook — and he informed me about Jon, you know he’s terminal, and he’s not looking really good, and one of his wishes was to hear a bunch of motorcycles out his window.
“Sometimes a dying person’s last wish is just to hear the sound of a Harley in their window. This is Jon Stanley he has terminal cancer. I personally met with his family this morning and learned Jon is a vet and was an abate member who has [ridden] for years. This is his new Harley he just got and only rode 3 times! I know this is short notice but bikers take care of bikers! We will meet at Walmart on Ireland Rd at 6 pm and kickstands up at 6:30 tonight 6/12/20017 to ride out to Jon’s house to show him and his family some love and make some noise for him!”
Before they knew it, David’s Facebook post had been shared by people in the community over 800 times.
“A lot of people think motorcycles are loud and obnoxious, but you know, we’re a big brotherhood, and we take care of each other,” David said.
In total, over 100 bikers showed up to ride out to Jon’s place.
Jon’s granddaughter Liliana Ramirez told publications that this was all that Jon ever wanted.
“Knowing that all this happened for one man. All he ever wanted was him and his wife on that Harley.