Jason Roberts' Friends Are Organizing a Kessler Theater Benefit to Pay Off His Cancer Bills

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The Fundrazr campaign Jason Roberts' ex-wife launched last month to help pay the mountain of medical bills that accumulated during his battle with cancer has raised $8,530, which is respectable but falls far short of the $40,000 goal.

So, Roberts' supporters are hoping to make up some of the difference with a benefit dinner/concert/art auction/bike ride that would make the Oak Cliff urban advocate proud.

The Build a Better Jason benefit is scheduled for 7 p.m. on May 25. It starts at Eno's before migrating by bike to the Kessler Theater, where there will be a concert featuring John Singer Sergeant of the Deathray Davies, Austin's White Ghost Shivers, R&B legend Bobby Patterson, and "a few more surprises."

"Jason is a tremendous person," Kessler owner Edwin Cabaniss said in a release announcing the event. "He gives to his community tirelessly. Build a Better Jason is a way for everyone who knows, loves and appreciates him to help him close the book on his fight with cancer."

For those who aren't, the release also offers a quick rundown of Roberts' achievements:

Along with being a father of two young children, he ran for Congress in 2011, founded Better Block - which helps communities rehabilitate underused spaces, started Bike Friendly Oak Cliff to encourage biking in his neighborhood, co-founded Art Conspiracy which brings artists together to raise money for non-profits, started the Oak Cliff Transit Authority in an effort to bring street cars back to Oak Cliff and served as the lead singer and guitarist in The Happy Bullets.

Tickets are $25, though additional donations are accepted. All the proceeds go toward paying his cancer bills.

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mrshall
mrshall

No need to feed the trolls.  I guess some people can't understand that our community cares about Jason so much - because of all he has contributed - that we want to help him.  Oak Cliff is a great place to live.

ASSumptions
ASSumptions

What you need to know is that Jason Roberts works (and works hard), he had insurance, and he has always provided for his children. Cancer is expensive with or without insurance. He would owe considerably more if he didn't have insurance. That's a fact. Make false assumptions, if you want. Jason's a good guy, and he's done a lot to try to help Dallas. 

cantkeepthetruthdown
cantkeepthetruthdown

Maybe he should get a job and pay them himself. I doubt he has life insurance either so we can look forward to paying for his children too. 

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

Although I wouldn't wish this on anyone, it seems that Jason forgot to accomplish a few things, like a health plan and ensuring for the care of his children in the event that some tragedy befell him.


I do sincerely hope that he gets better.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@mrshall  

It is wonderful that Mr. Roberts is receiving support from those that he knows.


I truly do wish that he has a full recovery.

mindisusan
mindisusan

@mrshall I agree.  I can't believe someone would have the nerve to write things like what's written above.  Helping people we care about is important- no matter what the situation.  Love is the answer - not hate or judgement. 

Bremarks
Bremarks

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul You are making lots of assumptions here.  Even WITH medical insurance, I can promise you there are many charges from cancer treatment that get passed along directly to the beneficiary.  You can easily end up with $40,000 in expenses not covered by insurance. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul sometimes people get so caught in bettering everything and everyone one else, they forget to take care of themselves too.  Sad, and I hope he recovers fully.

ASSumptions
ASSumptions

@cantkeepthetruthdown Sounds like you've got it all figured out. Write back after you get cancer, have treatment, surgery, follow-up treatment, surgery and all the fun that goes with that. Stay in the hospital a while. We'll see how long your piggy bank lasts. Unlike him, I doubt you'd have a friend who'd even pick you up from the hospital. Do trolls have friends? 

cantkeepthetruthdown
cantkeepthetruthdown

@Bremarks @cantkeepthetruthdown What assumption am I making?  Are you saying he has life insurance coverage adequate to take care of his children if he passes away? 

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@Bremarks @ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul  

Let's see, what assumptions am I making?  The story is pretty clear that a fund raiser is being held to raise money to help defray his medical costs?  I guess that Mr. Robert's has neither enough savings nor an adequate health plan to cover the costs of his health care needs.  I don't think that that is that much of a stretch.


I truly do wish Mr. Roberts well and I hope that he makes a full recovery.


Maybe I should investigate this fund raiser path to help pay for my own healthcare needs as my medical expenses are about 8% of my gross earnings.

ASSumptions
ASSumptions

@cantkeepthetruthdown, you're dense. I could explain it hundreds of times and you'd still assume that insurance pays for everything. Your limited experiences in life and troll mentality make even writing this feel like a chore.  

cantkeepthetruthdown
cantkeepthetruthdown

@Bremarks @cantkeepthetruthdown So what you are saying is that he is a deadbeat dad, and it won't effect the financial situation of his children if his cancer takes a turn for the worse, so it doesn't matter he has no life insurance?


Bremarks
Bremarks

@cantkeepthetruthdown You're making all sorts of assumptions that aren't based in fact (stated here anyway) --(1) he has no job; (2) his children have no means of support, or support system, other than the (your assumption) jobless Jason.  All of which are not based in fact. 

Bremarks
Bremarks

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul @Bremarks All I'm saying is that the cost of stage 3 cancer treatment (I went through the cost of stage 4 pancreatic cancer treatment with my dad) almost always results in a financial situation that all but the upper 1% can handle, regardless of your insurance, savings and ability to plan. 

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