Moody native Jarrod Robinson lost his battle with abdominal cancer June 24. He was only 37, and left behind his wife Stacie and four children.
To benefit the Robinson family, the Moody High School Class of 1993 is putting together a fundraiser that will take place Aug. 18, at the Moody City Park. It is being called JarrodFEST.
The day starts at 8 a.m. with a 5K/1 mile fun run. There will also be a softball tournament, food, vendors, carnival games for the kids, Home Run Derby, vendor booths, a drawing and fireworks. All proceeds and donations will benefit the Robinson family.
Admission is only $5 and kids 3 and under get in free.
Organizers are currently looking for co-ed softball teams to play in the tournament. Teams may be experienced teams or simply teams put together just to support this event. Depending on the number of teams that register, they may divide the tournament up into multiple divisions.
Anyone interested in the 5K and/or the fun run, can visit active.com to register. They may also register at Moody City Park starting at 7 a.m. the morning of the run. The 5K run costs $30 to enter while the one-mile fun run costs $15.
Vendors may set up booths that day (a 12 x 12 spot) for $50. Bring your own tent, tables and generator if power is needed. No power will be provided.
They are also drawing tickets for sale. They are $5 each or 5 for $20. Included in the drawing are a 51-inch 3D television, Kindle Fire and an autographed Mark Ingram football jersey just to name a few.
“Jarrod was a wonderful man, and we would like to support his sweet family during their time of need,” Dixie Canterbury said. “Please let me know if you feel led to participate in any way, whether it be running in the 5K or playing in the softball tournament. There are so many ways to be involved in JarrodFEST. Donations and volunteers are needed as well and will be greatly appreciated.”
Jarrod had Crohn’s disease for many years, and battled flare-ups time and time again. In December 2010, he started feeling bad and thought it was another flare-up from his Crohn’s.
Jarrod waited until after Christmas to make an appointment with his doctor. His doctor then scheduled a colonoscopy and CT scan. The night after he had his test, Jarrod tossed and turned all night in pain not able to sleep. The next morning he called his doctor, who told him to go to the emergency room, and he would be admitted to the hospital. They started him on IV fluids and medicine to manage the pain. His doctor came in and told him the test had revealed that his colon was in bad shape and that he was being referred to a surgeon. When he saw the surgeon later, he was told that he would need to have most of his colon removed and have an ileostomy.
Surgery was scheduled for Jan. 3, 2011. The Saturday before surgery, his doctor came in and told him that while reviewing the CT scan from this year with the one he had done last year that they saw nodules which could be cancerous, but giving his age and overall health there was a good chance that they were from inflammation.
The surgery should have lasted about four to five hours, but the doctor came back out after two hours.
“He told us that Jarrod had stage 4 colon cancer that had spread to other areas,” Stacie Robinson said. “The doctor did the ileostomy, but was unable to remove the colon due to the cancer being so bad on the colon that he would do more harm than good. The doctor described it like someone opened Jarrod up and threw a bag of mini marshmellows in and closed him back up. The doctor also told us that this would eventually kill him.”
Leaving a legacy
Stacie said she and Jarrod were high school sweethearts, and both graduated from Moody High School in 1993.
“Our amazing high school class has worked so hard to put together this fundraiser,” she said. “It was in the planning stage before he passed away on June 24. He felt truly blessed and was amazed by the show of support and love. After 17 months of battling colon cancer, he lost his battle here on earth.”
Stacie and the family are heartbroken by the loss of Jarrod, but they know by the example he left them where he is now.
“He was an amazing man of God,” Stacie said. “Even though he faced a battle from the beginning, and he was told he would not win, he never lost faith in God. Jarrod, through his battle, taught us all how to live and put God first. He taught us how to love the people in our lives and to reach out to those who are hurting. He taught us to make the most of whatever time we have left.”
Stacie said Jarrod’s email signature was, “Be blessed from the one who is blessed.”
“He felt blessed even though the ugly, evil cancer would eventually kill him,” she said. “He didn’t want to leave his family, but he had peace knowing this is what God had planned for his life. Without a doubt, he used it to bring people closer to God.”
Stacie acknowledged that she and her family have been truly blessed by the outpouring of love and support from the community and from the Class of ‘93 and friends.
“When we were first told the idea of JarrodFEST, we were overwhelmed in how big this truly was,” Stacie said. “I know Jarrod really wanted to be there. Throughout this long battle and the days after, we couldn’t have imagined a more loving and supportive community, and even though I can’t possibly thank everyone who has played a part in our journey, please know my family and I feel truly blessed and thankful for all the love that has surrounded us during this time. The funds that are raised during JarrodFEST will go to help our family with expenses that we have occurred, and part of it will go to a college fund for our four children.”
“Things like this will never be forgotten,” Jarrod’s daughter Micaela Robinson said. “When people come together and have an all day even to raise money for our family in memory of my dad, it means so much. Every bit of the money will help my mom in so many ways to take care of us. I want to thank everyone who is planning the JarrodFEST and our community for their support.”
Jarrod leaves behind four children, Austin, 17, a senior at Moody High; Micaela, 15, a sophomore at Moody High; Trent, 11, a sixth-grade student at Moody Middle; and Kinsley, 2.