The American Dream – A Letter From Our President, John Parham

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June 16, 2010 | By: John Parham

UPDATE ON JOHN PARHAM: John ended up getting “the call” saying that the hospital had a lung for him. You can read more on John’s progress by reading “Thank You All For Your Prayers, Kind Words, and Support”, a blog post from the Parham Family.

The American Dream

J&P Cycles® truly is a business representative of the
American Dream. Jill and I started by selling motorcycle parts out of the back of a van from a small town in Iowa. Now, we are the world’s largest retailer of aftermarket parts for motorcycles. It took a lot of work, sacrifices, dedicated employees, a strong family and some luck to get to this point.

The reason I am writing this letter is to hopefully help us all realize the simple things in life truly matter most. I was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis in the fall of 2007 (I never smoked cigarettes). Pulmonary Fibrosis is a lung disease, where your lung tissue becomes scarred and dies, never growing again. I have had 55 percent lung capacity since 2007, at least until March 16, 2010. That was the day I was admitted to the hospital for emergency colon surgery. That surgery went well, but in recovery, I got pneumonia and spent 33 days in Intensive Care as well as another 19 days in the hospital for a total of 52 days. My lungs are now damaged further and I am on oxygen at all times. I have had to learn how to swallow food and liquids all over again. I have never worked so hard in my whole life as I have in the last 10 weeks. I can walk short distances up to 75 feet, but then my oxygen levels drop to very low levels. My only hope to live is a lung transplant. Why am I telling you all this? It is not to feel sorry for me. I am a fighter; I want to live. Jill and I have way too many things we still want to do. One is watch our grandchild, Kaiden grow up.

But through these last two months, I have realized how important certain things in life really are. My family has provided never ending support and has always been there for me, especially Jill. My friends have, as well. I have seen friends in the last 10 weeks, I haven’t seen in years, and have received cards from all over the world. It really makes you realize how lucky you are. Believing in God and praying for strength to continue to keep going everyday is important. I had a lot of people praying for me and I appreciate it so much.

When you think about it, the most important thing is your health. You have to take care of yourself. Then, you need your family, friends and faith to help support each other.

As I laid in the intensive care unit, I dreamed of such simple things like being at home to sit on my front porch to smell the grass and hear the birds sing. It’s amazing how one’s priorities change when faced with a severe illness. So, please take time to think about all the things in your life that are important then look at them again if the doctor told you that you only had one year to live.

If you haven’t seen the movie “Bucket List” with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, it’s a good movie. Maybe a little extreme with things they were able to do, but Jill and I created a bucket list three years ago and now we are on our second list. Many of the things were quite simple, but we just never took the time to do them before.

Last year Jill and I were married for 35 years and J&P Cycles® had their 30th year in business with over 22,000 people attending our Open House. My next dream is in the works right now as we remodel a 36,000 square foot former Wal-Mart building off of Highway 151 and move the National Motorcycle Museum to this location. We will have the Arlen Ness, Awesome-Ness exhibit as well as many other motorcycle exhibits on display during the J&P Cycles Open House this year.

The final thing I want to talk about is becoming an organ donor. Let’s face it, we love to ride motorcycles and with that comes a higher chance of getting hurt or killed in a traffic accident. If you are not already, please consider signing up to be an organ donor. There are thousands of people on waiting lists to receive an organ transplant. Some even die before one becomes available. It’s like giving the gift of life to someone else. To find out more about organ donation visit: www.organdonor.gov. Next, click on the header “Be a Donor” then “how to register to be a donor in your state.” From there, you will be directed to specific information for your state on how you can become a donor.

Jill and I wish to thank you for your business all these years. Motorcycles have been my life for almost 34 years. I cannot think of a better industry to be in. We have made so many friends and have met so many wonderful people and customers over the years. Motorcycle people are real – what you see is what you get. And, they are the most generous, loyal, honest and helpful people you will ever meet.

God bless all of you!

Ride Safe!

John Parham

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John,
So happy to hear you’re doing better and have had a lung transplant. We enjoy several similarities, I had surgery this summer and they took out 2 ft of my colon and my wife is on the transplant list at UW Medical Center for pulmanary fibrosis, pulmanary hyper tension and sclaraderma as well as I’m a avid motorcycle rider since I got my endorsement in 1965. My first bike was a 1970 Norton, brought new, and today I am the proud owner of a 2007 FLSTN and my 1986 Suzuki Intruder, both brought new.
Our Lord is watching over us, I believe he will not put more on us than we can handle and these are but trials to strenghten us. My wife Cathy and I have been married for 29 yrs next month and I love her more today than I did when I met her.
God speed, and being an Iowa native, now in WA, I hope meet you someday.
Take care,
Vince Helt

Hi John,
I’m a 6/7/07 recipient of a heart. The donoir was a young woman in her thirties. I call her “Dorothy” as I am the Tinman. Keep a positive attitude and believe ina good final out come. Pray yourself and ask others prayer for you. It works there have been medical studies showing that prayers do work. There are better outcome for those who are prayed for. I was down to 7% output and 125lbs at 6 feet tall. Keep praying and working to build yourself up as much as you can. Prayers from me for your recovery and your family’s pain to be softened.

John
Keep fighting you can beat it.You will get everything you need to live on! Semper Fi Don’t forget all that you have been blessed with.

[...] you may or may not know, John Parham publicly announced this spring that he was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis back in 2007. There’s no cure for this disease — the only hope for extended survival is a lung [...]

[...] you may or may not know, John Parham publicly announced this spring that he was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis back in 2007. There’s no cure for this disease — the only hope for extended survival is a lung [...]

John I’m Sorry to here about your heart ship as a disable person my self I understand what it is to keep trying every day to over come physical issues. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family.
I am a donor myself and I personal lost my best friend of 38 year + while he waited on one of those list and I know others that only have a 2nd chance at life becouse of donors.

Best of luck in your battle for life

Dano Bad Bones
God Bless you

John you are in our prayers, and I have put you on the prayer chain at church so add 2500 more people praying for you. We missed seeing you vending next to us at Wauseon this year. You take care and feel the good thoughts coming your way. Remember hope floats!

Thanks for the inspiration regarding remembering what’s really important. We all get so busy that it’s easy to forget.

God bless.

Dear Mr. Parham,

How right you are about focusing on the real joys of life while you can. You quickly learn to enjoy life’s simple pleasures when your own mortality becomes evident. My wife and I are celebrating our 19th wedding anniversary. She was diagnosed with invasive ductal breast cancer last year and she is still experiencing chemo side effects. Although a loved one having cancer is something I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy, we have never been so close and have really been blessed by how our lives have changed. Life takes on new meaning and the simple pleasures become so important to enjoy while you can.

Although I’m a new customer I appreciate your willingness to contact you customer base with your story.

God bless you and your family and I will pray for you.

RB
MS Gulf Coast

Dear John,
you know cancer does the same kind of tap dance on your spirit, or at least it tries. Went down that road a couple of years back. Better now thanks to good Doc’s and the power of prayer. Now don’t get me wrong here…I’m not very religious, but a lot of people were praying for me and I beat the bitch. So, I will pray for you. And you too will beat the bitch. Get healthy, get the transplant and ride hard! Doner card in hand here since the beginning of the program. Good luck John!
allfernow
Billy Allen

Get Well John!
I have always felt that you are one of the kindest, honest men I have ever known or worked for.
My prayers are with you!
Senator

Challenges like the one you are facing are alot like a dynamometer . A spiritual dynamometer if you will . When a load is applied to the dyno to measure the engines H.P. and torque, the engine resists the load to reveal it’s true power output . Like the engine on the dyno you too must show this challenger what power resides at the core of your being and resist the load that is being imposed upon you . Kind of like a large V-twin : not alot of screaming revs ,just a huge amount of seismic like torque with no way to pull it down . Solid ,strong & true . God Bless and always fight the good fight !

This past weekend I attended the J & P Open House in Anamosa, IA as a vendor with James Gaskets. This was our firt time attending, but definitely will not be our last. I have never met so many nice people in one place; especially the employees of J & P! Everyone was so helpful and accomodating and just genuinely nice. I attended both the vendor appreciation dinner and the unveiling of the Arlen Ness exhibit at the National Motorcycle Museum and I’m so glad that I did. John and Jill were present at both events and spoke candidly about John’s current medical condition and recent acceptance to the donor list for a lung transplant. Their words were very moving and honest as they were meant for us all to re-think our priorities and appreciation for the things we may take for granted. I was also fortunate enough to be able to spend time with John’s parents as they operated the booth and sold raffle tickets to benefit the museum, which was located near James Gaskets booth in the J&P warehouse. They are wonderful people who are so proud of both John and Jill and are full of optimism when it comes to John’s lung transplant operation. It’s obvious that they have always “cheered” you on. I was honored to be able to get to know them a little bit and to be a part of the open house in Anamosa. Looking forward to seeing you both again next year! Thanks for everything.
Sincerely,
Tami Smith
General Manager
James Gaskets, Inc.

John,

The list of comments from friends following your note show the overwhelming amount of love and admiration so many have for you – the strength of their support is all powerful.

Thanks for opening the eyes and hearts of so many; thanks for reminding me to focus on what is truly important in life.

Sending you our support as well.
Dave – Tel Aviv, Israel

your stamina got you where you’re at. we love what you have created for us and your creator loves you for you. i lost my wife in 08 to copd after 30+ years of marriage. you have so many people praying for you. live it, love it, and go on. we,re right there with you bro. he has a plan. go for it.

John…I met you in Sturgis a few years ago. I’m saddened by your health issues and will pray and hope for a strong recovery from you illness. If I can muster up another ride this summer, maybe we can meet again and talk about stuff that makes us smile….that just might be motorcycles. God bless you. Allen Snively. Lake Tenkiller, Oklahoima.

John you have been an inspiration to myself and countless others. Your long outstanding career in the Motorcycle business shows dedication and passion are keys to success. I personally thank you for advice you have given me for which I will be forever grateful. I have known of your illness and have kept you in my thoughts for the last few years. My friend, please get better. You are an outstanding person that has helped change the way people can get parts for their bikes. A true pioneer. I will take your advice and keep the simple things in life as the most important. Thank you for being my friend.
Kenny Price

Knowing what really matters in lfe is one of the greatest gifts God gives us….no matter what circumstances are involved in that understanding including coming in contact with your mortality. That gift IS a true blessing ….count yourself blessed John because when we are prepared for the future, is when we live in the minute. Take care and God be with you…….

Jim Franco
Seattle, Washington

keep your head held high and the wind in your face
best regard to you and family russell (magoo)
australia victoria

John,
Although we have never met I feel like you are on of “us”. A biker, a fighter, a family man, a person who cares. I grew up in CR but live in AZ currently, I’ve been riding since age 12 and have also been a customer. I wish you the best as you fight this and hope that you and your family continue to enjoy life.
Rex

John & Jill.

Aside from the power of prayer and the human spirit,
our hospital system and Allopathic medicine have saved John’s life. We can all be thankful for that.

Please now look into the ability of Naturopathic and Homeopathic Medicines to improve the quality of life you now have. There are natural ways of helping to heal and ease the body’s adjustment to it’s new condition. MD’s don’t deal with these . Find a good Naturopathic doctor to supplement your medical treatment and hopefully improve your health and abilities.

We need good folks like you around for a lot longer.
I wish the best to you both.

John – fight on, buddy. I had a near-fatal accident on my Kawai bike 2 years ago – shattered my right leg from the knee down. I had two surgeries, have screws in there permanently, walk with a brace and a cane and my walking abilities are very very limited. Am also a prostate cancer survivor – Oct. 2009 – radical robotic prostotectomy – became very ill after my trip to Sturgis in the Summer of 2009, and thought the end was near. Never ever give up the fight – bikers are indeed a very special “group” and we are survivors.

John & family: We met face to face at the Hall of Fame award ceremony in Spearfish in ’06 when you and I (ABATE of California founder) were inducted into the Hall of Fame. As I said in my acceptance speech, if it wasn’t for you starting JP Cycles, I would not have been able to get the parts to keep my old Panhead running. I am sorry to hear you have not been well. Thanks for your diligence in keeping we “old school” riders on the road. Our thoughts are with you.

I’m so sorry to hear this. My mother live with this for eight years before she went on to be with the Lord. The doctors gave her three years to live, but the Lord gave her eight. She learned to love all the simple things as you are. Remember, the Lord knows you “date”, not the doctors. Lean on him and all will be good. My prayers will be with you! Thank you for sharing this with us. May God be good to you and your family!

John I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.”So john hang in there you will bounce back and in joy the little things ( Your Family) I no i’ve been there. Love & Respet From all of us at Chop.Shop.Custom.Cycles

Hey John
you helped put the wind in my face,thank you.
May your life blessed…..

Hi John,
We are sorry to hear about what’s going on with you right now. I don’t know if you’ll remember us, but my wife, Marcie contacted you several years ago, and sent you a picture of our 1947 Knucklehead with sidecar. I was sitting in the hack, and my neighbor was giving me a ride after I’d had knee surgery. You posted that pic in your catalog, and sent us a pic of you with a sidecar as Santa with a bunch of presents! I still have that picture on my wall! We wish you and your family all the best during these difficult times, and our thoughts and prayers are with you. Ron & Marcie Felix

John

While not as severe as you, I caught H1N1 last October out of the blue. While in the hospital, I contracted severe pneumonia and spent many days in ICU not knowing the outcome. In the end, I lost 1/3 function of my lungs. I do know about the very short walks and getting winded. It’s been a difficult recovery. There were times when I thought this would be the end to my military career. I missed two months of work. But through patience, hard work and lots of prayer, I continue to grow stronger every day. I’ve even started running again (not long distances). My pulmonologist even surprised me by saying that my lung function was improving (he was even surprised). The body is an amazing machine.

In short, you and your family are in my prayers… hang in there! Getting hit with something like this really make you appreciate the simple things in life and the blessings you’ve received.

Good luck John. Hang in there and keep fighting.

I am very sad that a good person like you is suffering so bad – and it is hard to find the right words. I feel for you and I want to encourage you to fight. Do not give up, as god is not giving up on you. Your words were special to me and touched my heart, the only thing I can give back, is to pray for you.
You will make it buddy. Tom, Germany.

I’ve been use by the Lord to do supernatural miricules. I have no doubt of the power of God. No matter how the storm looks make sure you are right with the Lord. Search you heart for any wrongs you have had done as well as any unforgiveness. Truely ask God to forgive you and he will. The motive of your heart must be sincere. It is your heart of truth that will help you. Anything is possible with God. Have no doubt whatsoever. If so ask the Father to help you. Remember make yourself right with the Father. Pray, it makes the difference to healing or going home. And people have it backwards, you do not die for you are dead now, you go to live. Blessings and peace, Love, Oso.

Fight on, John … that’s all we can ALL do. I hope and pray for the best for you and your family.

JOHN, I HOPE FOR THE BEST FOR YOU BECAUSE–YOU ARE THE BEST, AND FOR YOU TO FIND THE STRENGTH
TO SEE YOU THROUGH A SPEEDY RECOVERY AND, YOU ARE CORRECT—TO ENJOY THE SIMPLE BEAUTIES THAT LIFE HAS TO OFFER. SO, GOD BLESS AND CARE FOR YOU. DR. RICH AND TERRY ANDRIA–NAPLES, FL.

When I worked for you, how many times did you tell me that you had been at the TOP and the BOTTOM?!!! This is just another dip in your life. With you strength and determination you will overcome this! You are in my thoughts. You and yours have been a second family to me. Take care!!!

When I worked for you, how often did you tell me that you had been at the TOP and at the BOTTOM?!!! This is just another dip and with your strength and determination you will overcome this! You are in my thoughts. You and yours have been like a second family to me for years.

JOHN,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. You and your family are good folks and you deserve the best.
Dan and Cindy

Walk it off John.

Love & Respect
Flash
Sober Riders M/C
Sacramento Chapter

John your note hits me hard, So sorry to hear of your pains but I’m confident that only good will come from your note. I am proud to say that I’ve been an organ donor for decades. Also I donate platelets and plasma at every oppertunity. this is another good way to save lives and improve another’s quality of life. My best to you and your family, Buddy!

I am a son of a preacher, and i do believe in the power of prayer. You are absolutely right about bikers being the most caring genuine people. I am a member of a local riding group, (Dirty Curry Riders)and we have raised money for those who have had hard times due to health. I too am an organ donor, and have been since I received a liscense. I also fabricate and repair bikes as a hobby, and always use your company for the parts. May God bless you and your family thru these times.

John,
Good luck with your health……..I’ve had three back operations, and while I was trying to re-coop I suffered a heart attack and had to have 4 by passes. I am riding a Harley again and loving it, and just saying any day above ground, is a “GOOD ONE” Keep on biking and wish you the best………..
Ray

John,
I can relate to the intensive care experience. The thoughts you have just laying there really make you reflect on “what’s important”.
Keep your faith. Never give up

John,
I’m sorry to hear about your condition. Life has such highs and lows for all of us. You are not alone. My father DID smoke and lost most of his lung capacity but did manage to live into his 90′s. I want to thank you for your business. It has brought me a lot of pleasure to be able with the help of your catalog co. to get My old ironhead sporty running and cruising to and from work with. I now have my second cycle, a new vrod and I am sure I will be doing more business with your co. I hope you will be there to continue the great work you and your wife have started.
Love
BillyVrod

John,
Cindy and I would like to let you know that our thoughts are with you. You and Jill are great folks and deserve a long and prosperous life with you family. God Bless you and we’ll be praying for the best. Dan and Cindy

John,
As a woman rider I must express my appreciation for your tec support dept. They are the best and they represent their boss in a very positive way.
I also want to encourage you. I believe you know that we have a miracle working God. My daughter was given 0% chance of survival back in 2005. After almost 11 months in the hospital she cane home. she is completely healed. It is way too long of a story to go into but it is only one of the millions of testamonies to the awesomeness of our God.
I encourage you to “trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not in your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.” He is the great physician.
Thank you for the positive effects you have had on the entire biking community.
You are in the prayers of yet another family member…God bless… donna

On 06-21-2010 Rich Desaire put it rather well. I’d like to echo his comment.

From my family to your’s, our Prayers are with you.

I am sorry to hear about your health issues. Your success story with J&P has been an inspiration for me and my business for many years. You started with pratically nothing. You can win this one, too.

John, may God bless and watch over you and your family. Thank you for all you have done for the motorcycle business; I would’nt think of ordering parts for my Harley from anyone but you guys. Your service and follow-up are superlative and I’ve been very happy with every transaction and of course the parts are just as your catalogue says; Thanks..Robert

Best of luck John, prayers are with you and family.

John,
May God comfort and heal you.
We love to shop at J&P Cycles and will think kindly of you and your comitment to your customers.

In Christ Jesus Love and Mercy,
Ken and Pauline of Sarasota, Fl.

May the spirits of the open road look after you, the spirit of living free and riding free is power to us all that ride, there is many wide open roads that are just crying your name right now, and they want you to come visit!!!!
The wide open road is expecting you to come visit on those two wheels, and that spirit is what will keep you around for a long time, so you get to see your true friend, the wide open road!!!!

John,

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My father just celebrated his 83rd birthday and Father’s Day. His birthday is June 19 so always falls in or around Father’s Day. He has been on oxygen for 8 years now, ever since his 75th birthday. The national average for oxygen users is 5 years. We had a big 80th celebration for him as we never know how much longer he will be with us. Every winter we wonder if it will be his last. He stays inside the house from when the cold starts to set in in North Dakota and stays in until the spring weather brings warmer temps. This way he tries to avoid breathing very cold air as well as avoiding contact with colds and flu. He has good days and bad days. Last fall he broke his hip when his scooter tipped over. He wasn’t going at the time, just pushing his scooter back from the local ice cream shop and slipped on loose gravel and a pot hole. He bounce back in no time and was up and around in just a few days. Nine months later you hardly notice any limp in his walk and he is back on the scooter. He is enjoying life as much as he can.

I’ve been listed as an organ donor for over 15 years, ever since North Dakota gave you the option to designate it on the driver’s license.

God be with you.

John, I am sorry to hear of your situation and will pray for your recovery and a transplant.

I have bought items from you wonderful catalog and get excited when I see the newest issue in the mail box. You and Jill have done a very remarkable job of providing aftermarket items to all us devoted riders. Your company is “TOP NOTCH”.

May God provide you with the strength to carry on and thru his knowledge and means provide you with a lung transplant as soon as possible.

Miracles happen every day John and I beleive you are next in line for one.

Bill

Sometimes in the evening, particular winter evenings when I can not ride I will thumb through my JP Cycles parts book..As the years go by my glasses get a little thicker and I have top turn the lights up a little but I still can read my JP Cycles parts book..This is another way that people like yourself touch our lives..Over the years you have got us bikers the parts we need so I am certain you will get the part you need. 15 or 20 years down the road you will be saying Damm I am glad I got them there parts. Have a good day

Sometime is the evening, particular winter evenings when I can’t go riding I will sit down and thumb through my JP Cyles sales catalog. As the years go by my glasses get a little thicker and I may have to turn the lights up a little but I can still read my JP cycles catalog. This is another example of how people like yourself touch our lives. You have always got us bikers the parts we need you can be sure someone will get you the part you need..15 or 20 years down the road you will be saying Damm I am glad I got them there parts.

God Bless you and you family.Keep the faith stay strong and never ever give up.

As I read your letter I am in hotel room as I am on a 2 week vacation on motorcycles of course. You are so correct about your bucket list. I was given a second shot (I will pray for yours). It is the friends and family that matter most. Although we have never met your love for your wife and of course motorcycles is very apparent from your appearances on television.

Prayers from Bob Richards

remember god is watching over you and will alway,s be there just for the asking .my prayers are with you my brother.

John I will pray for you and your family. This shows us how short life can be. Thats why we all should stop and smell the roses. You have built a great business. May God bless you.

John,
I am a very loyal customer, and have been for many years, I lost my precious Mother in 2007 to pulmonary fibrosis, it’s a very non-discriminating illness, I too am an organ donor, your words have so touched my heart, I don’t talk alot about my Mom’s illness, because not many understand it, it is such a mystery. Please know that you are and will remain in my prayers, I appreciate your Stand. God Be with you my Brother.
Neal and Tamara Wade

John,
Been buying parts from you for a while now, one order you sent me a copy of your book. I read it cover to cover, you have come a long way from slinging parts out of the back of a car at swap meets. Keep your spirit high, and spend every spare moment with your family, especially your granddaughter. I have been a donor when my organs were good enough to donate, they’re a little worn out now. Keep fighting and we will meet someday in the wind.

How long have you believed in God? . . .and when did you start believing him?
GOD BLESS!
from a native Hawaiian & a native Iowan

John
Best of luck for a donor and a speedy recovery. I’m glad you put this out there. I donated a kidney to my dad 2 years ago and that gave him his life back. We now continue to ride to many destinations without having to worry about setting up dialysis. I truly hope the same for you.

I couldn’t agree with you more about the motorcycle world and how much we stick together and help humankind.

Let me also take this time to say THANKS for creating such an amazing company. You’ve done an amazing job.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Many years ago a Mike Vittorio got me in to motorcycles. For the first time in my entire life I felt alive. I knew I was among the finest people on this planet.
A few years later Mike was taken rather quickly by cancer.
Since then I have had more than a couple friends battle cancer or other fatile battles with health problems.
I step up to be a leader and ride in thier names. In the true tradition among bikers I now pass it on. I also have not wasted my days and when I can I visit the places and do the things on my life list, I do. I have been doing this for longer than the Bucket List has been around.
So coming from a Metric rider that has been buying from you years before you had a metric catalog, I wish you well.
My prayers go out to you and your family. I got my receipt in the mail for the Awesome-Ness exhibit and hope to see you there.
You have built one of the best retail buisnesses out there and you should be proud.
May you enjoy many sunrises to come and the smiles that suround you.

Hello John,
So sorry to learn of your illness. Thank you for the marvelous letter reminding all of us to keep our priorities straight. I’ve been watching you grow your business for many years. Your story truly is the stuff of the American Dream. Hard work + Dedication + Passion for your Dream = Success. Prayers delivered, with more on the way.

John Wendele
Sierra Keepsakes
“Jewelry for Your Harley”

We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Thank you for this letter! My husband and I are praying for you and Jill. We do understand how illnesses make you prioritize your life better. We lost our little boy to cancer. My husband and I own our own business, we struggle but we work at being together and having fun because in the end its about love, family and our faithful God. God bless you

John, over the decades that I have known you I have always respected you as a person, a business man and a motorcycle enthusiast.
Your letter shares with others who might not know you as well as I do what a class act you and your family are.
Hang in there, better times are coming your way soon.
Buzz Kanter
American Iron Magazine

John, We feel so much for you and your family. Yes a person doesn’t find out what little things in life we overlook, until someone is telling you how close to death you could be. We have gone through this ourselves. Kathy became ill in March of 2007 from an anitbiotic reaction. She became critically ill, she got DRESS Syndrome. It burned her skin(like a severe sunburn),and itched inside and out for months, she lost her hair and nails. It fought her liver and then hit her heart in Oct. 2007. Her and Dr.s fought to heal her heart, and we thought she was starting to do alittle better. But by May 2008 the scar tissue took over. We went in for a check up in the last week of May, and she was told she only had one choice to live. Stay and have an L-VAD put in to keep that heart pumping and be put on a transplant list or go home. It took only a second to make that decision. They had to make sure first if she was a candidate for transplant, since she was so ill. They also had to make sure that the first illness was not going to attack the new organ. So it was decided, she was a candidate. It was Memorial day weekend so they held off on the surgery till after the weedend. Well the day came.The surgery was sceduled for early that morning on the 30th. The family came in and told her they loved her, said our prayers with our minister and ourselves and they started to prep her. Well then the surgery was postponed. Didn’t know why. Then it was to be postponed even alittle longer. Finally, the Doctor came in to explain the delay. They found a heart. So instead of the L-VAD they we were now on the wait for a heart transplant. Wow, talk of a miracle. She would only have to endure one surgery. She finally went in for surgery that night just after midnight. She was now in the Lords and surgeons hands. Praise the Lord for such miracles. We cannot say enough to our donars family, for what they had done, they gift of life they had given. She was told days after the sugery, that is was good the heart became available, they said her heart was worse then thought and the L-VAD probably would not have worked. Kathy is still after 2 years still having some issues, but is so much better then she was before surgery. She also at one time could only walk such a short distance. She is now able to live a little more normal life. She had to miss her sons wedding, married the day after she was released from the hospital. She had to stay in the area of the hospital for 3 months for constant rejection testing. She use to ride her own bike, but had to give up due to her illness. This summer she is in hopes of going on at least a few short rides, but now as a passenger.
Good Luck to you John. May God Bless you and your family, as he has ours. Keep strong in your faith.

Good luck to you and your family i will for sure keep you in my prayers

John,
May God be with you and your family. Continue to dream, dreams and prayer kept me going 11 years ago when I fought skin cancer.

God Bless!

John,
I truly am sorry to hear of your ill health. There is little if anything that I can say that has not already been said by others. I wish you success in your fight for life. I know you have great support from family and friends. This love and Gods love is most important. I have reason to believe in modern day miracles and no reason to believe that it cannot happen to a good person like you. I pray that God will bless you with a long life after defeating this lung desease.

John,
Thank you and your family for all that you have done for the buker community. Now it is our turn to do something for you. I, also, will make certain that all organ donor information is complete. God bless you and Jill, hang in there and receive what is to come your way.

Take care of yourself, life is precious. I have been an organ donor since I recieved my licence. I always said it`s the last gift you can give.

God Bless Prayers sent your way!!!

After reading your letter I am going to join up to be a donor. I hope someday it will help someone as yourself. I have always enjoyed visits to your store and must say even though I do not believe I have ever met you but you can tell alot about the owner by the way the employees are trained. Yours are top notch, the best in the industry. Good Luck.

Sir: As I tell my Soldiers: ‘tough times never last, but tough people do.’ You and your wife have accomplished more in the last 30 years than whole tribes /extended families do in other parts of the world. You are respected, and are the kind of American that made this country great. Take care of yourself.
V/R, Colonel Chris Wicker, U.S. Army

Hi John, We missed you in Oley, now I know why. My buddy Tommy and I would look forward to seeing you each year, Tommy always had something you liked and I sold you the Harley Car a couple years ago. The little time we spent talking was always a pleasure, not because of what you have, but because of who you are, simply a Nice guy, a True Gentleman. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, we want to see you again.

my brother lost his life on a bike, and was a doner. He saved 4 lives the day he passed. I now have his bike and like him am a doner. Good luck with your fight. God Bless

Hello John I am sorry to hear of your mis-fortune on your health I beleive like you that your health is one of the most precious blessings a man can have and then his family and friends. all else is secondary to that Just beleive ion GOd and His Son Jesus Christ and talk to him just like yoiu would talk to your wife or your son he will listen. What ever you ask for in faith and beleiving you will receive he will grant unto you. You can also call on the Elder’s of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and have them come over to your house to give you a blessing if you so desire. I know the blessings work for I have experenced them myself. What ever you decice to do my the Lord Jesus Christ bless you and your family with his most choice blessings.

John,

You are in my prayers. My wife was also diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis in October 2007. After many hours of prayer and shedding of tears, I have come to realize that it is just part of life that we lose our loved ones. My wife Sarah has decided that she does not want to go through the process of a transplant, so we are dealing with a cruel reality.

There are many of our organs that can be donated and used to give life to more than one person; kidneys, lungs, heart, livers and eyes. It is a gift that we can give without cost and a gift that can be lost forever if we hesitate to register our donation.

John it is my hope and prayer that God will grant you the transplant you desire so that you can live and spread the word so that others can also live with the gift of donated organs.

May God bless you and your family

Tom

God bless will say a prayer for you.Walt

Hey Brother rider

It sadden to hear that you are down under at present. Your company has been keeping 2 wheels on the road for decades and will be there forever for the next generation of riders.
A atta boy to you and keep your chin up and soon back on the your feet and wheels.

Your a free spirit.

Get will soon and best wishes for a speedy recovery

Don

Thank you for your words of inspiration and I am praying for the fullest recovery possible for you. Most times we do take the important things in life for granted. I have been busy with work and bills as of late and have forgotten the little things that mke life great thank you for helping to redirect my perspective.

So well put brother ! I hope you live long and complete your bucket list and much more ..God Bless you and your family :)

john with the christian love i send this to you -please note that this saint has your name and he was a big prayer – now he is a big miracle worker and healer.
VASILIS GEORGANTAS – EGIO , GREECE
A GREEK SHOVELHEAD RIDER – J &P CUSTOMER

Archbishop John the Wonderworker

Life and miracles of St. John (Maximovich) Archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco — one of the greatest saints of the 20-th century.

Bishop Alexander (Mileant)
Content:

Childhood. Belgrade. Shanghai. Paris. San Francisco. The Death of a Saint. Epilogue.

Some Recent Miracles of St. John. From the Sermons of Saint John.

“Sanctity is not just a virtue. It is an attainment of such spiritual height, that the abundance of God’s grace which fills the saint overflows on all who associate with him. Great is the saint’s state of bliss in which they dwell contemplating the Glory of God. Being filled with love for God and man, they are responsive to man’s needs, interceding before God and helping those who turn to them.”

Characterizing with such words the ancient Saints, Vladika John simultaneously summarized his own spiritual attitude which made him one of the greatest Saints of our time.
Childhood

ARCHBISHOP JOHN was born on June 4, 1896, in the village of Adamovka in the province of Kharkov in southern Russia. He was a member of the Little Russian noble family of Maximovitch, to which St. John of Tobolsk also had belonged. He received at baptism the name of Michael, his heavenly protector being the Archangel Michael. He was a sickly child and ate little.

He received his secondary education in the Poltava Military School, which he attended from 1907 to 1914. Upon completing military school he entered Kharkov Imperial University in the faculty of law, from which he graduated in 1918, before it was seized by the Soviets.

Kharkov, where Vladika spent his formative years, was a true town of Holy Russia, and the young Michael, impressionable to revelations of holiness, acquired there the pattern of his future life. There were two miraculous Icons of the Mother of God, the Oseryanskaya and Eletskaya, which were carried in a religious procession twice a year from the monasteries where they were treasured to the Dormition Cathedral. In the Protection Monastery, in a frescoed grotto underneath the altar, lay the remains of the holy Archbishop Melety Leontovitch, who after his death in 1841 rendered miraculous help to those who served a panikhida for him at his coffin. Even during his lifetime the Archbishop was venerated for his severe asceticism, especially for the ascetic feat of abstaining from sleep. He was known to spend nights on end standing motionless, with lifted arms, deep in prayer. He foreknew the day and the hour of his own death. The young Maximovitch was known to have a veneration for this holy hierarch.

Today Archbishop John may be seen to resemble the holy man of Kharkov in at least three respects: he was known not to have slept in a bed for forty years; he knew beforehand of his death; and before his glorification in 1994 his relics rested under a cathedral in a special grave-chapel where panikhidas were sung almost daily and the Psalter read over his coffin by those asking for his help. This is a unique case of the transplanting, as it were, of a part of Holy Russia to contemporary America.

While at Kharkov University, Vladika spent more time reading the lives of the saints than attending classes; nonetheless he was an excellent student. Evidently his emulation of saints was apparent even at that age, since Archbishop Anthony of Kharkov, one of the great Church figures of that time (later Metropolitan Anthony Hrapovitsky, the first Chief Hierarch and founder of the Russian Church Abroad) took special pains to become acquainted with him, and then kept the youth close to him and guided his spiritual formation.
Belgrade.

IN 1921, DURING THE RUSSIAN CIVIL WAR, Vladika, together with his parents, his brothers, and his sister, was evacuated to Belgrade, where he and his brothers entered the University of Belgrade. One brother graduated in the technical faculty and became an engineer, the other graduated in law and served in the Yugoslav police. Vladika himself graduated in 1925 in the faculty of theology. While he was a student he worked for his living by selling newspapers.

In 1924 Vladika was ordained reader in the Russian church in Belgrade by Metropolitan Anthony, who continued to exert great influence over him; and Vladika in his turn showed the utmost respect and devotion to his superior. In 1926 Metropolitan Anthony tonsured him a monk and ordained him hierodeacon in the Milkov Monastery, giving him the name John, after Vladika’s own distant relative, Saint John (Maximovitch) of Tobolsk. On November 21 of the same year Vladika was ordained hieromonk.

The city of Bitol was in the diocese of Okhrida. At that time the ruling bishop of this diocese was Nicholas Velimirovich — a noted preacher, poet, writer, and inspirer of the popular religious movement. He, as much as Metropolitan Anthony, valued and loved the young Hieromonk John, and himself exerted a beneficial influence upon him. More than once he was heard to say, “If you wish to see a living saint, go to Bitol to Father John.”

For, indeed, it began to become evident that this was an entirely extraordinary man. It was his own students who first discovered what was perhaps Vladika’s greatest feat of asceticism. They noticed at first that he stayed up long after everyone else had gone to bed; he would go through the dormitories at night and pick up blankets that had fallen down and cover the unsuspecting sleepers, making the Sign of the Cross over them. Finally it was discovered that he scarcely slept at all, and never in a bed, allowing himself only an hour or two each night of uncomfortable rest in a sitting position, or bent over on the floor praying before icons. Years afterward he himself admitted that since taking the monastic vows he had not slept lying in a bed. Such an ascetic practice is a very rare one; and yet it is not unknown to Orthodox tradition.

Archbishop Averky of the Jordanville Holy Trinity monastery, then a young hieromonk in Carpatho-Russia, witnessed the deep impression Hieromonk John made upon the seminary students. When they returned home on vacations they would speak of their extraordinary instructor who prayed constantly, served the Divine Liturgy or at least received Holy Communion every day, fasted strictly, never slept lying down, and with true fatherly love inspired them with the high ideals of Christianity and of Holy Russia.

In 1934 it was decided to raise Hieromonk John to the rank of bishop. As for Vladika himself, nothing was farther from his mind. A lady who knew him relates how she met him at this time on a streetcar in Belgrade. He told her that he was in town by mistake, having been sent for in place of some other Hieromonk John who was to be consecrated bishop! When she saw him the next day he informed her that the situation was worse than he had thought: it was him they wished to make bishop! When he had protested that this was out of the question, since he had a speech defect and could not enunciate clearly, he had only been told that the Prophet Moses had the same difficulty.

The consecration occurred on May 28, 1934. Vladika was the last bishop of the very many to be consecrated by Metropolitan Anthony, and the extraordinarily high esteem in which that venerable hierarch held the new bishop is indicated in a letter which he sent to Archbishop Dimitry in the Far East. Himself declining an invitation to retire to China, he wrote: “Dear friend! I am very old and unable to travel … But in place of myself, as my soul, as my heart, I am sending you Bishop John. This little, frail man, looking almost like a child, is in actuality a miracle of ascetic firmness and strictness in our time of total spiritual enfeeblement.” Vladika was assigned to the Diocese of Shanghai, China.
Shanghai.

VLADIKA ARRIVED IN SHANGHAI in late November, on the Feast of the Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple, and found a large cathedral uncompleted and a jurisdictional conflict to resolve. The first thing he did was to restore Church unity. He established contact with Serbs, Greeks, Ukrainians. He paid special attention to religious education and made it a rule to be present at the oral examinations of the catechism classes in all the Orthodox schools in Shanghai. He at once became a protector of various charitable and philanthropic societies and actively participated in their work, especially after seeing the needy circumstances in which the majority of his flock, refugees from the Soviet Union, were placed. He never went visiting for tea to the rich, but he was to be seen wherever there was need, regardless of times and weather. He organized a home for orphans and the children of needy parents, entrusting it to the heavenly protection of a Saint he highly venerated, St. Tikhon of Zadonsk, who loved children. Vladika himself gathered sick and starving children off the streets and dark alleys of Shanghai’s slums. Beginning with eight children, the orphanage later housed up to a hundred children at one time, and some 1500 in all. When the Communists came, Vladika evacuated the whole orphanage, first to an island in the Philippines, and then to America.

It soon became apparent to his new flock that Vladika was a great ascetic. The core of his asceticism was prayer and fasting. He ate once a day at 11 p.m. During the first and last weeks of Lent he did not eat at all, and for the rest of this and the Christmas fast he ate only bread from the altar. His nights he spent usually in prayer, and when he finally became exhausted he would put his head on the floor and steal a few hours of sleep near dawn. When the time would come to serve Matins, someone would knock on the door, to no avail; they would open the door and find Vladika huddled on the floor in the icon-corner, overcome by sleep. At a tap on the shoulder he would jump up, and in a few minutes he would be in church for services — cold water streaming down his beard, but quite awake.

Vladika officiated in the cathedral every morning and evening, even when sick. He celebrated the Divine Liturgy daily, as he was to do for the rest of his life, and if for some reason he could not serve, he would still receive Holy Communion. No matter where he was, he would not miss a service. Once, according to a witness, “Vladika’s leg was terribly swollen and the concilium of doctors, fearing gangrene, prescribed immediate hospitalization, which Vladika categorically refused. Then the Russian doctors informed the Parish Council that they released themselves of any responsibility for the health and even the life of the patient. The members of the Parish Council, after long pleas for mercy and threats of taking him by force, compelled Vladika to agree, and he was sent to the Russian Hospital in the morning of the day before the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. By six o’clock, however, Vladika came limping to the cathedral on foot and served. In a day all the swelling was gone.”

Vladika’s constant attention to self-mortification had its root in the fear of God, which he possessed in the tradition of the ancient Church and of Holy Russia. The following incident, told by 0. Skopichenko and confirmed by many from Shanghai, well illustrates his daring, unshakable faith in Christ. “Mrs. Menshikova was bitten by a mad dog. The injections against rabies she either refused to take or took carelessly … And then she came down with this terrible disease. Bishop John found out about it and came to the dying woman. He gave her Holy Communion, but just then she began having one of the fits of this disease; she began to foam at the mouth, and at the same time she spit out the Holy Gifts which she had just received. The Holy Sacrament cannot be thrown out. And Vladika picked up and put in his mouth the Holy Gifts vomited by the sick woman. Those who were with him exclaimed: `Vladika, what are you doing! Rabies is terribly contagious!’ But Vladika peacefully answered: `Nothing will happen; these are the Holy Gifts.’ And indeed nothing did happen.”

By now it had become known that Vladika not only was a righteous man and an ascetic, but was also so close to God that he was endowed with the gift of clairvoyance and there were healings by his prayers. A striking account told by an eyewitness, Lidia Liu, testifies to Vladika’s spiritual height. “Vladika came to Hong Kong twice. It’s strange, but I, not knowing Vladika then, wrote him a letter asking him to help a widow with children, and I also asked him about some personal spiritual matter, but I never received an answer. A year passed. Vladika came to Hong Kong and I was in a crowd that went to meet him in church. Vladika turned to me and said, `It is you who wrote me the letter!’ I was astonished, since Vladika had never seen me before.”

“A moleben was sung, after which Vladika, standing before a lectern, was delivering a sermon. I was standing next to my mother, and we both saw a light surrounding Vladika down to the lectern — a radiance around him a foot wide. This lasted a rather long time. When the sermon was over, I, struck by such an unusual phenomenon, told what we had seen to our friend, who replied to us: `Yes, many faithful saw it.’ My husband, who was standing a little way off, also saw this light.”

A similar event occured in 1939, when certain parishioner began to lose her faith due to many tribulations which had befallen her. Once, upon entering the Church during Vladika’s service, she witnessed during the transubstantiation of the Holy Sacraments a little flame in the form of a large tulip descended into the Chalice. After this miracle her faith returned, and she began repenting of her faint-heartedness.

Vladika visited prisons and celebrated the Divine Liturgy for the convicts. On one occasion in Shanghai, Vladika John was asked to give communion to a dying man in a Russian hospital. This time he took another priest with him. On his arrival he spotted a gregarious young man in his twenties, playing a harmonica. This lad was to be discharged the next day. Vladika John called to him and said: “I want to give you communion right now.” The young man immediately confessed his sins and received communion. The astonished priest asked Vladika why he did not go to the one dying, but tarried instead with an obviously healthy young man. Vladika answered: “He will die tonight, and the other, who is seriously ill, will live many years.” It happened just as he foretold.

Vladika loved to visit the sick and did it every single day, hearing confessions and giving Holy Communion. If the condition of a patient should become critical, Vladika would go to him at any hour of the day or night to pray at his bedside. Here is one undoubted miracle among the many worked by Vladika’s prayers; it was recorded and placed in the archives of the County Hospital in Shanghai.

L. D. Sadkovskaya was very much taken by the sport of horse racing. Once she was thrown off her horse; she hit her head on a rock and lost consciousness. She was brought to the hospital unconscious. A concilium of doctors agreed that her condition was hopeless and it was not likely that she would live until morning. The pulse was almost gone; the skull was fractured in places so that small pieces of the skull were pressing on the brain. In such a condition she would die on the operating table. Even if her heart would tolerate surgery and the result were successful, she would still remain deaf, dumb, and blind.

Her sister, after hearing all this, rushed to Bishop John in despair and begged him to save her sister. Vladika agreed. He came to the hospital and asked everyone to leave the room and prayed there for about two hours. Then he called the chief doctor and asked him to examine her again. How surprised the doctor was to discover that her pulse was normal! He agreed to perform the operation immediately, but only in the presence of Bishop John. The operation was successful, and the doctors were amazed when, after the operation, the patient regained consciousness and asked to drink. Soon she was released from the hospital and lived for many years a normal life.

Vladika visited the prison also, and celebrated the Divine Liturgy for the convicts on a primitive little table. But the most difficult task for a pastor is to visit the mentally ill and the possessed — and Vladika sharply distinguished between the two. Outside Shanghai there was a mental hospital, and Vladika alone had the spiritual power to visit these terribly sick people. He gave them Holy Communion, and they, surprisingly, received it peacefully and listened to him. They always looked forward to his visits and met him with joy.

Vladika possessed great courage. During the Japanese occupation the Japanese authorities tried in every way possible to bend the Russian colony to their will. Pressure was directed through the heads of the Russian Emigrant Committee. Two presidents of this Committee strove to maintain its independence, and as a result both were killed. Confusion and terror seized the Russian colony, and at that moment Vladika John, in spite of warnings from the Russians who were collaborating with the Japanese, declared himself the temporary head of the Russian colony.

During the Japanese occupation it was extremely dangerous to walk on the streets at night, and most people took care to be home by dark. Vladika, however, paying no heed to the danger, continued to visit the sick and needy at any hour of the night, and he was never touched.

In Shanghai, a voice teacher, Anna Petrovna Lushnikova, taught Vladika the proper method of breathing and pronunciation of words, thus helping him to better his diction. At the end of each lesson Vladika paid her 20 dollars. In 1945, during the war, she was gravely wounded and chanced to be in a French hospital. On a very stormy night, feeling that she might die, Anna Petrovna began asking the nurses to call Vladika John, who was in France, so that he would give her communion. The nurses refused since the hospital was locked up during the night due to war-time conditions. Anna Petrovna was beside herself and kept calling upon Vladika. Suddenly, around eleven o’clock in the evening, Vladika appeared in the ward. Unable to believe her eyes, Anna Petrovna asked Vladika, weather this was a dream or did he really come to her. Vladika smiled, prayed and administered communion to her. Following this she calmed down and slept. The next morning she felt cured. No one believed Anna Petrovna that Vladika visited her that night since the hospital was tightly secured. However, her ward neighbor substantiated the fact that she also saw Vladika. The greatest surprise was that under Anna Petrovna’s pillow was found a 20 dollar bill. Thus Vladika left a material evidence of his visit.

A former Shanghai altar boy of Vladika’s and presently Archpriest George Larin, relates: “Notwithstanding Vladika’s strictness, all the altar boys loved him very much. To me, Vladika was an ideal whom I wished to emulate in every way. Thus, during Lent, I stopped sleeping in bed and lay on the floor, I stopped eating the usual meals with the family, but partook of bread and water in solitude … My parents became worried and took me to Vladika. Hearing them out, the prelate asked the guard to go to the store and bring a sausage. To my tearful outcries to the fact that I did not wish to break Lent, the wise prelate admonished me to eat the sausage and to remember always that obedience to parents is more important than personal accomplishments. “How then shall I go on Vladika?’ — I asked wishing albeit to “especially” apply myself. — “Go to Church as you always did, and at home do what your mother and father ask.’ I remember how grieved I was then that Vladika did not assign to me some “special’ deeds.”

With the coming of the Communists, the Russians in China were forced once again to flee, most of them through the Philippine Islands. In 1949 approximately 5000 refugees from the Chinese mainland were living in an International Refugee Organization camp on the island of Tubabao in the Philippines. This island is located in the path of the seasonal typhoons which sweep through that part of the Pacific. During the 27-month period of the camp’ s occupancy, the island was threatened only once by a typhoon, and it changed course and bypassed the island.

When the fear of typhoons was mentioned by one Russian to the Filipinos, they replied that there was no reason to worry, because “your holy man blesses your camp from four directions every night.” They referred to Vladika John; for no typhoon struck the island while he was there. After the camp had been almost totally evacuated and the people resettled elsewhere (mainly in the USA and Australia), it was struck by a terrible typhoon that totally destroyed the camp.
Paris.

VLADIKA HIMSELF went to Washington, D. C., to get his people to America. Legislation was changed and almost the whole camp came to the New World — thanks again to Vladika. The exodus of his flock from China accomplished, Archbishop John was given in 1951 a new field for his pastoral endeavor: he was sent by the Synod of Bishops to the Archdiocese of Western Europe, with his see first in Paris, and later in Brussels. He was now one of the leading hierarchs of the Russian Church, and his attendance was frequently required at the sessions of the Synod in New York City.

In Western Europe Vladika took a deep interest not only in the Russians in the diaspora, for whom he exerted himself tirelessly in labors similar to those for which he had been known in Shanghai, but also in the local inhabitants. He received under his jurisdiction local Dutch and French Orthodox Churches, protecting them and encouraging their Orthodox development. He celebrated the Divine Liturgy in Dutch and French, as before he had served in Greek and Chinese, and as later he was to serve in English.

Vladika’s interest in and devotion to the Church’s Saints, of whom his knowledge was already seemingly limitless, was extended now to Western European Saints dating from before the schism of the Latin Church, many of whom, venerated only locally, were included in no Orthodox calendar of Saints. He collected their lives and images of them, and later submitted a long list of them to the Synod.

From this period of Vladika’s presence in Western Europe, Mrs. E. G. Chertkova reminisces: “On several occasions I visited Vladika when he lived in the Cadet Corps building near Paris. He had a small cell on the top floor. In the cell were a table, an armchair and several chairs and in the corner — icons and a lectern with books. There was no bed in the cell since Vladika did not lie down to sleep, but prayed by leaning on a tall stick with a cross-bar on top. Sometimes he prayed on his knees; most likely when he prostrated himself he would then fall asleep for a little while in that position on the floor. That is how he exhausted himself! Sometimes during our conversation it seemed to me that he dozed. But when I stopped, he would immediately say: “Continue, I hear you.’”

“Since for a long time our church did not have a permanent priest, once a priest from another parish came to us to celebrate Vespers. The whole service lasted only 45 minutes (usualy it takes 2 and a half hours)! We were horrified! So many parts of Vespers were skipped that we decided to tell about this to Vladika. We hopped that he will influence the priest to follow the established order of Orthodox services. But Vladika pleasently smiling said to us: `How difficult is to please you people. I celebrate too long and he too short!’ With such kindness and meeknes he taught us not to judge.”

Vladika’s reputation for holiness, too, spread among the non-Orthodox as well as the Orthodox population. In one of the Catholic churches of Paris, a priest strove to inspire his young people with these words: “You demand proofs, you say that now there are neither miracles nor saints. Why should I give you theoretical proofs, when today there walks in the streets of Paris a Saint — Saint Jean Nus Pieds (Saint John the Barefoot).” Many people testify to the miracles worked by the prayers of Archbishop John in Western Europe.

V. D. recounts: “Many were aware that it was not necessary to ask Vladika to visit someone. The Lord Himself inspired him where and to whom to go. Vladika John was known to many in the French hospitals and was admitted therein at any time. Besides, Vladika unerringly directed himself where he was needed. My brother, when wounded in the head, was taken to the hospital. The x-ray revealed a large fracture of the skull. His eyes swelled and became sanguinous; he was in critical condition. Vladika, who did not know my brother, somehow found him in the hospital, prayed over him and gave him communion. When my brother underwent a follow up of head x-rays, there was no fracture to be found. My brother recuperated very fast. The doctor was dumbfounded!”
San Francisco.

IN SAN FRANCISCO, WHOSE cathedral parish is the largest in the Russian Church Abroad, a life-long friend of Vladika, Archbishop Tikhon, retired because of ill-health, and in his absence the construction of a great new cathedral came to a halt as a bitter dispute paralyzed the Russian community. In response to the urgent request of thousands of Russians in San Francisco who had known him in Shanghai, Archbishop John was sent by the Synod in 1962 as the only hierarch likely to restore peace in the divided community. He arrived at his last assignment as bishop twenty-eight years to the day after his first arrival in Shanghai: on the feast of the Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple, November 21, 1962.

Under Vladika’s guidance a measure of peace was restored, the paralysis of the community was ended, and the cathedral finished. Yet even in the role of peacemaker Vladika was attacked, and accusations and slanders were heaped upon his head. He was forced to appear in public court — in flagrant violation of church canons — to answer to preposterous charges of concealing financial dishonesty by the Parish Council. All involved were completely exonerated; but thus Vladika’s last years were filled with the bitterness of slander and persecution, to which he unfailingly replied without complaint, without judging anyone, with undisturbed peacefulness.

Vladika remained true to the end to his path of faithful service to the Church. To those who knew him in his last years perhaps two aspects of his character stood out. First was his strictness in what regarded the Church and the Law of God.

At the end of October the Roman Catholic Church celebrates the feast of All Saints. There is a tradition that during the preceding night the dark spirits celebrated their own festival of disorder. In America this “celebration” called Halloween has become an occasion on which children make mischief dressed in costumes of witches, devils, ghosts, as if calling on the dark powers — a diabolic mockery of Christianity. A group of Russians organized on this night a Halloween Ball. In the San Francisco Cathedral at this time was the All-night Vigil celebrated, and a number of people were absent, to the great sorrow of Vladika. After the service Vladika went to the place where the ball was still in progress. He climbed the steps and entered the hall, to the absolute astonishment of the participants. The music stopped and Vladika, in complete silence, glared at the dumbfounded people, slowly and deliberately making the round of the entire hall, staff in hand. He spoke not a word, and none was necessary; the mere sight of Vladika stung the conscience of all, as was evident from the general consternation. Vladika left in silence; and the next day in church he thundered his holy indignation and his flaming zeal calling all to the devout Christian life.

Yet Vladika is not best remembered by his flock for his sternness, but rather for his gentleness, his joyfulness, even for what is known as “foolishness for Christ’s sake.” The most popular photograph of him captures something of this aspect of his character. It was especially noticeable in his conduct with children. After services he would smile and joke with the boys who served with him, playfully knocking the refractory on the head with his staff. Occasionally the Cathedral clergy would be disconcerted to see Vladika, in the middle of a service (though never in the altar), bend over to play with a small child! And on feast days when blessing with holy water was called for, he would sprinkle the faithful, not on the top of the head as is usual, but right in the face (which once led a small girl to exclaim, “he squirts you”), with a noticeable glint in his eye and total unconcern at the discomfiture of some of the more dignified. Children were absolutely devoted to him, despite his usual strictness with them.

Anna Hodyriva recounts: “My sister Xenia Yarovoy, who lived in Los Angeles, suffered for a long time with a painful hand. She sought physicians, tried home remedies, yet nothing helped. She finally decided to turn to Vladika John and wrote to him in San Francisco. Some time went by and the hand was healed. Xenia began to forget about the previous pain in her hand. On one occasion, when she visited San Francisco, she went to the Cathedral for services. At the end of the service Vladika John held the cross to be kissed. On seeing my sister he asked: `How is your hand?’ Vladika saw my sister for the first time! How then did he recognize her and know that it was she who had a painful hand?”

Anna S. recollects: “My sister Musia and I got into an accident. A drunken young man was traveling towards us. He struck with great force the door on the side where my sister was sitting. The ambulance was called and she was taken to the hospital. Her condition was very serious — a lung was punctured and a rib broken, which caused her great pain. Her eyes were invisible in her swollen face. When Vladika visited her, she lifted her eyelid with her finger and upon seeing him took his hand and kissed it. She could not speak since she had a tracheotomy, but tears of joy flowed from her eyes. After that Vladika visited her several times and she began to get better. Once Vladika entered the ward and announced: `Musia is feeling very poorly now.’ He then went to her and, closing the drape around her bed, he prayed for a long time. During his prayer we were approached by two physicians and I asked them how serious was my sister’s condition and if I should summon her daughter from Canada? (we kept from the daughter the fact that her mother was in an accident). The physicians answered: `To call or not to call the family is your problem — we cannot guarantee that she will survive until the morning.’ Thank God that she not only survived that night, but was completely cured and returned to Canada … My family and I believe that Musia was saved by the prayers of Vladika John.”

Vladika’s life was governed by the standards of the spiritual life, and if this upset the routine order of things it was in order to jolt people out of their spiritual inertia and remind them that there is a higher judgment than the world’s. A remarkable incident from Vladika’s years in San Francisco (1963) illustrates several aspects of his holiness: his spiritual boldness based on absolute faith; his ability to see the future and to overcome by his spiritual sight the bounds of space; and the power of his prayer, which beyond all doubt worked miracles. The incident is related by the woman who witnessed it, Mrs. L. Liu; the exact words of Vladika were confirmed by the Mr. T. who is mentioned.

“In San Francisco my husband was involved in an automobile accident and was seriously injured; he lost control of balance and suffered terribly. At this time Vladika had many troubles. Knowing the power of Vladika’s prayers, I thought: “If I ask Vladika to come to my husband, my husband would recover;” But I was afraid to do this because Vladika was so busy then. Two days passed, and suddenly Vladika came to us, accompanied by Mr. B. T., who had driven him. Vladika stayed with us about five minutes, but I believed that my husband would recover. The state of his health was at its most serious point then, and after Vladika’s visit there was a sharp crisis and then he began to recover and lived four more years after this. He was quite aged. Afterwards I met Mr. T. at a Church meeting and he told me that he had been driving Vladika to the airport. Suddenly Vladika had said to him: “Let’s go now to the Liu’s.” He had objected that they would be late for the plane and that he could not turn around at that moment. Then Vladika had said: “Can you take the life of a man upon yourself?” He could do nothing but drive Vladika to us. Vladika, as it turned out, was not late for the plane.”
The Death of a Saint.

AMONG THOSE WHO KNEW and loved Vladika, the first response to the news of his sudden death was: it cannot be! And this was more than a reaction to the suddenness of the event; for among those who were close to him there had unaccountably developed the notion that this pillar of the Church, this holy man who was always accessible to his flock — would never cease to be! There would never be a time when one would not be able to turn to him for advice and consolation! In one sense, in a spiritual sense, this has since turned out to be true. But it is also one of the realities of this world that every man who lives must die. Vladika was prepared for this reality.

To the manager of the orphanage where he lived, who had spoken in the spring of 1966 of a diocesan meeting to be held three years later, he indicated, “I will not be here then.” In May, 1966, a woman who had known Vladika for twelve years and whose testimony, according to Metropolitan Philaret, is “worthy of complete confidence” was amazed to hear him say, “I will die soon, at the end of June — not in San Francisco, but in Seattle.”

Again, on the evening before his departure for Seattle, four days before his death, Vladika astonished a man for whom he had just served a moleben with the words, “You will not kiss my hand again.” And on the day of his death, at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy which he celebrated, he spent three hours in the altar praying, emerging not long before his death, which occurred on July 2, 1966. He died in his room in the parish building next to the church. He was heard to fall and, having been placed in a chair by those who ran to help him, breathed his last peacefully and with little evident pain, in the presence of the miracle-working Kursk Icon of the Sign.

Before the of canonization of Archbishop John his relics reposed in a chapel in the basement of the San Francisco cathedral (after the canonization in July of 1994 the relics of Archbishop John were moved to the main floor of the cathedral). Soon after his repose, a new chapter began in the story of this holy man. Just as St. Seraphim of Sarov told his spiritual children to regard him as living after his death, and to come to his grave and tell him what was in their hearts, so our Vladika also has proved to be hearing those who revere his memory. Soon after his death a one-time student of his, Fr. Amvrosy P., saw one night a dream or a vision: Vladika, clad in Easter vestments, full of light and shining, was censing the cathedral and joyfully uttered to him just one word while blessing him: “happy.”

Later, before the end of the forty-day period, Fr. Constantine Z., long Vladika’ s deacon and now a priest, who had lately been angry at Vladika and had begun to doubt his righteousness, saw Vladika in a dream all in light, with rays of light shining around his head so brightly that it was impossible to look at them. Thus were Fr. Constantine’s doubts of Vladika’s holiness dispelled.

The manager of the St. Tikhon Zadonsky Home and long a devoted servant of Vladika, M. A. Shakmatova, saw a remarkable dream. A crowd of people carried Vladika in a coffin into St. Tikhon’s Church; Vladika came to life and stood in the royal doors anointing the people and saying to her, “Tell the people: although I have died, I am alive!”

As during his life time, Vladika continues to be very active in helping those who need him. Here are just two of the thousands of cases of Vladika’s miracles. Victor Boyton, who witnessed the healing of his friend by Vladika John, recounts: “The miracle occurred after I had received the copyright to the English publication of Orthodox Life from Jordanville, N.Y., which included photos of Vladika John. I had a friend, a Moslem from Russia, who was suffering from cancer of the blood and was losing his sight. The doctors concurred that in three months time he would be blind. Placing the picture of Vladika John by my vigil light, I began to pray daily for my friend. After a short period of time my friend was healed from the blood cancer and began to see normally. The eye doctors were amazed at this occurrence. From then on, my friend has lead a normal life and reads without impediment.”

The archpriest Stephan Pavlenko recollects: “My brother Paul, although not in the military, lived for some years in Vietnam. There he sought children who were wounded or orphaned due to the then continuing war. He placed them either in orphanages or hospitals. Thus he became close with his future wife, a certain Vietnamese Kim En who was also involved with helping the unfortunate children. My brother introduced Kim to the Christian faith and to the lives of many of God’s Saints. She told my brother that during her very difficult times there appeared to her in her dreams a certain monk who consoled her and told her what to do. Once, towards Easter time, I sent my brother some cassettes of monastic songs as well as some books and journals of a spiritual context. Having received my parcel and having shown the spiritual literature to Kim he was surprised, when upon seeing the cover of a certain journal she exclaimed: `This is the monk who appears to me in my sleep!’ She pointed to a well known picture of Vladika John, taken among the graves of the Novo Diveevo monastery in Spring-Valley. In suit, Kim was baptized in the Orthodox Church with the name Kyra.”
Epilogue.

THE BLESSED ARCHBISHOP JOHN of Shanghai and San Francisco was canonized as a Saint by the Russian Church on July 2 1994. It was a wonderfull and unforgettable event to which hundreds of clergy and many thousands of laymen came from all over the world!

The importance of St. John for the people of the 20th Century cannot be underestimated. Those who knew him personally or have read about his life and miracles have learned of the tremendous spiritual power embodied in this frail little man. God was drawn to the burning, loving heart of Vladika John, which became a vessel of His grace. He entrusted the Saint with heavenly secrets and the ability to transcend physical laws, making him a point of contact between Himself, the Creator, and us, His creatures.

There can be no doubt that Vladika John has been sent by God as a gift of holiness to the people of the last days. At a time when imitation has become the norm in all aspects of life, when the authentic spirit of the Christian Faith has been so hidden that most are oblivious of its very existence, he can be seen as a model of genuineness.

Vladika John has set the right “tone” of true apostleship in the modern world. As more people are drawn into the Orthodox Church of Christ before the final unleashing of evil, may they look to him as their loving guide and a pastor who knows no death. He is a kind of “measuring stick” that indicates who and what is real in our confusing times. The unit of measure is nothing else than pure Christian love, which he possessed and distributed in abundance. With this love, the intense struggle of spiritual life becomes worth the effort.

By the prayers of Saint John may God bless and save us. Amen!

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Troparion to St. John of San Francisco

Tone 5

Thy care for thy flock in its sojourn has prefigured the supplications which thou didst ever offer up for the whole world. Thus do we believe, having come to know thy love, 0 holy hierarch and wonder-worker John. Wholly sanctified by God through the ministry of the all-pure Mysteries, and thyself strengthened thereby, thou didst hasten unto suffering, 0 most gladsome healer — hasten now also to the aid of us who honor thee with all our heart.
A Prayer to St. John
of Shanghai and San Francisco

O BELOVED HIERARCH JOHN while living amongst us thou didst see the future as if present, distant things as if near, the hearts and minds of men as if they were thine own. We know that in this thou wast illumined by God, with Whom thou wast ever in the mystical communion of prayer, and with Whom thou now abidest eternally. As thou once didst hear the mental petitions of thy far-scattered flock even before they could speak to thee, so now hear our prayers and bring them before the Lord. Thou hast gone over unto the life unaging, unto the other world, yet thou art in truth not far from us, for heaven is closer to us than our own souls. Show us who feel frightened and alone the same compassion that thou didst once show to the trembling fatherless ones. Give to us who have fallen into sin, confusion and despair the same stern yet loving instruction that thou didst once give to thy chosen flock. In thee we see the living likeness of our Maker, the living spirit of the Gospel, and the foundation of our Faith.

In the pure life that thou hast led during our sinful times, we see a model of virtue, a source of instruction and inspiration. Beholding the grace bestowed upon thee, we know that God hath not abandoned His people. It is rather we that have fallen from Him, and so must regain the likeness of Divinity as thou hast done. Through thine intercession, O blessed one, grant that we may increase our striving toward our heavenly homeland, setting our affections on things above, laboring in prayer and virtue, waging war against the attacks of our fallen nature. Invoke the mercy of God, that we may one day join thee in His Kingdom. For our deepest wish is to live forever with Him, with the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

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Some Recent Miracles of St. John.

Archbishop John’s abundant miracles both before and after his death testify to his love for the people. People in America, Europe, and the other places of his pastoral labors have long known of the power of his heavenly intercessions. And now, with the publication of Blessed John the Wonderworker and other books and articles about him in the Russian language, the people of Russia are beginning to know, too, and have already experienced healings through his prayers, as the following accounts testify.

1) Valentina A. is a member of our parish which is dedicated to the Reigning Icon of the Mother of God. Having read the book on the healings and life of St. John of San Francisco (Blessed John the Wonderworker), she came to me after church services and asked for oil from the lampada in the sepulchre of Archbishop John, as her daughter was seriously sick. Valentina A. recounted that her daughter, an architect by profession, had a swelling in her breast. It grew and the daughter turned to a doctor for help. The diagnosis was a frightful one, cancer of the breast. I had Unction served over the daughter and later gave her cotton saturated with oil from Archbishop John’s lampada. She anointed the ailing spot several times by making the Sign of the Cross. The doctors insisted on surgery, but when she came to the hospital for observation, the doctors and the sick woman herself were amazed: the swelling had disappeared and there remained only a scar. (1994)

2) Our altar boy, Oleg S., asked me after church services to anoint his hand. There was a swelling on it the size of a chicken egg. I anointed him with the oil of Archbishop John in a cross-like form in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and the acolyte left for home. After a week, I asked Oleg about his hand. He said he himself did not even notice when that swelling had disappeared. (1995)

3) Some time later, after Divine Liturgy, a Moleben was served with a Blessing of the Water. At the end of the Moleben, I anointed all communicants with the oil of St. John Maximovitch. I also anointed Olga. After a week, she was again at services and stood weeping. I asked her why she was weeping and all she could say was that everything was fine. Her husband, a military man, later came to me and told me that her leg had developed some infected growths. These growths had rapidly become ulcerous and had begun to multiply. The sight was awful. She turned to doctors but they simply shrugged their shoulders and could say nothing concrete. They gave her various creams but these did not help her.

Alter Holy Communion, Alga had been anointed with the oil of St. John. At home she sprinkled her legs with holy water and went to bed. In the morning, she saw no ulcers at all on her legs. Therefore, at the next church service, Olga wept from gratitude and was too emotional to tell us by herself. June, 1995)

4) Another parishioner of mine, Nadezhda, told me that her son Michael caught a severe cold and had a convulsive cough which only grew worse. She began to treat him with various medications. In the evening he would begin to fall asleep but the cough continued to torment him. Each minute he would be racked by this cough. His mother, a professional medical worker, was very frightened because at one time he had been rushed to the hospital by ambulance with these same symptoms. At this time, Nadezhda was reading the book on St. John Maximovitch and his miraculous healings. The mother began to pray, asking help from St. John, that he would heal her son. Having prayed, she came over to her sleeping son, crossed him and turned him on the other side. Some time later, the cough stopped and the boy quietly slept until morning. She no longer gave him any medication, only some holy water. For several days, her son would occasionally cough, but the convulsive fits did not return, and he became quite well. The mother was very thankful to Archbishop John for the healing of her son and continues to pray to him with gratitude. (April, 1995)

Hieromonk Cyril Osipov

Astrakhan, Russia
Copyright © 2001 Holy Trinity Orthodox Mission
466 Foothill Blvd, Box 397, La Canada, Ca 91011
Editor: Bishop Alexander (Mileant)
Edited by Donald Shufran

hi ,john
i am an old customer from EGIO,GREECE
when i saw your last news abouth your health ,
i decided to write exactly what my heart said to me.
God has two many ways to try if we are strong enough – he loves his children , so he was crussified and raised from the dead , so he won the death -
so we the orthodox say – CHRIST IS RISEN – so what
to be afraid for? perhaps LORD JESUS CHRIST wants
you and your family to know him better -DONT GIVE UP- i can suggest you that is a good oportunnity to learn some about the real faith
which is saved from CHRIST days at the ORTHODOX EASTERN CHURCH – THERE IN AMERICA
YOU HAVE A REAL BIG ORTHODOX SAINT IN SAN FRANCISCO – IT IS A BIG MIRACLE MAKER AND HEALER AND HIS NAME IS JOHN MAXIMOVICH – THE RUSSIAN ARCHBISHOP OF SAN FRANCISCO WHO PASSED TO THE LIGHT AT 1966 AND HE WAS FOUND INTO HIS TOMB WITH HIS WHOLE BODY LIKE WHEN HE WAS BURRIED AT 1994 -AFTER THAT HE IS TAKEN AS A BIG SAINT FROM THE RUSSIAN CHURCH ABROAD AND ITS BISHOPS . Yoy may go there to S.F. at the church of VIRGIN MARY that he built ,
and there you will see his holy body and pray – HE IS A BIG DESEASE HEALER LIKE CANCER etc. – if you need more information about his holy life ,take a look at the internet site John (Maximovitch) the Wonderworker – OrthodoxWiki and if you want other information about genuine orthodox life and belief , here i am with all my knowledge to help you .there are ALSO AMERICAN ORTHODOX MONKS THERE IN CALIFORNIA THAT WERE THE FIRST STUDENTS OF THE SAINT AND THRE IS ALSO GREEK
GENUINE ORTHODOX COMMUNITY TO HELP YOU .
I RIDE A SHOVELHEAD LOW RIDER 1979 80C.I. ALL MADE FROM YOUR PARTS – I WISH YOU BEST NEWS
AND HAVE STRENGTH – IF YOU BELIEVE, ALL WILL BE GOOD .
VASILIS GEORGANTAS , EGIO , GREECE

good luck John

John- Our church will be praying for you and your family. God bless and take care.

Thanks I have been sign up to be an organ donor.All of my adult life and feel that it is not only the kindest thing you can do with your life but also one of the bravest, There are many who say they are brave . But ask them if they could give a complete stranger the gift of life.

Your letter reminded me of the personal challenges my wife and I have faced over the years….with the biggest challenge being my diagnosis of NHL at 44. As you said…being faced with your own mortality is a wake up call. Our priorities changed and we too developed our “Bucket List”…one being buying our first Harley. We road over 15,000 miles the first year and have since put on well over 100,000 (wife is now riding a RK). We’ve been blessed as this year is my 10th year and healthier now than ever before.

We have God, friends, family and technology to thank for the blessings we have received…especially the joy of watching our Grandson who is now 4.

Thank you for the thoughts and message of encouragement to all those suffering…and more importantly in my opinion…bringing up the “Organ Donor” program. The true gift to someone is the loss of one for the gain of another.

God Bless you and your family/Bland

John,

I pray everything will work out according to God’s will and plan. You are Blessed to have such a great and loving family and you are an inspiration to us all. Thank you for your love and service to the passion we all share in motorcycles. Motorcyclists, bikers are truly some of the best people I’ve ever met in my life.

Praying for your speedy recovery! God Bless.
Mac McCord
Orlando, FL

John, you and Jill are the greatest and I pray for your speedy recovery but in the mean time do what the doctors tell you, slow down don’t try to do too much and god willing you will come out of this but most of all don’t give up hope.I love you man, hope to see you soon. God Bless you and your family.

John hang in there. What you have done for your community and the motorcyling world is very inspiring! I wish there were more citizen’s that would follow your example of what a little hard work and following your dreams and can do attitude ! The world would be a better place!!!

Thanks for everything
Brian

Hi John
From down South in Australia thank you for your well stated reminder to stop and smell the roses. It shows your great compassion to think of others at a tough time in your own life. I thank you for your letter and all strength to you John. Next ride I will make a point to take a stop to enjoy a beautiful view rather than race on past!!
Chapee

John ,

Remain strong and keep faith within – I lost my father June 7, 09 . From the time he was diagnosed with an aneurism to the time he passed was short of three months. One never knows and will never be prepared but cherish the simple yet important things. We all need to remember that spilled milk is just that. Never take for granted anything or anyone. I send my prayers and thoughts to you and your family.
John God bless you , keep your head up mind open and get back on those feet pal !

Bruce

John, I suffer from sever depression and sleep apena. I didn’t want to live but had to go to a mental hospital (volunteered not made to). I to am a Christian and God put another grandchild in my life (the 6th one) and his father doesn’t have anything to do with him just like my dad did me and my sisters. Lost my oldest sister about 1 month ago to COPD (she was a smoker all her life). This new grandson is such a joy to me and my wife as all of the others. But for some reason and God only knows, it made me want to live and fight this illness. I will be praying for u and your family. I live in tn. but would love to visit y’alls store and musemn. God bless and keep fighting and thanks for reminding me and others to sign our donor cards on our driver’s licence. Wayne

My husband and I are strong believers in being organ donors. In Washington state, it lists right on your drivers license whether you chose to donate.
Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

You helped me deck out several bikes and restore my shovelhead. Now it’s time to restore your health. Do whatever the Doctor’s tell you to do. I suffered a heart attack in 2004 and have pulled myself up and now can run a half-marathon. Fight and beat this thing.

God bless you and yours,

Pat McGee

From your letter you and Jill are doing all the right things, from the Bucket List (excellent movie) to understanding the most important parts to your life!
I watched that movie, not long after a bad accident, within a few days I had my first Bucket List, which included learning how to ride a motorcycle, taking a course, and getting my license! You have to take the fear head on and accomplish those really hard goals (even the ones like sitting on the porch and smelling the grass, listening to the birds, and waving at people passing by that you don’t even know)…every time I am handed another difficult “task” to overcome, from “above,” I add another goal onto my Bucket List…but I wish he’d give me a break at least this month! LOL

I have always been a donor too!

I wish you the best, you and your family are in my prayers!

John i read your letter and just want to say that my prayers will be with you and wish you all the best.

John Parham,
I just read your story. I am a motorcycle rider, have been for years. I had cancer surgery, my doctor gave me one year and strongly suggested that I receive chemotherapy. To which I thanked him for his insight, but no thanks, I’d approach it holistically and with my faith in my Lord. That was four years ago this month, June.

God Bless you John, and Christ Jesus watch over you.

Live to Ride, Ride to Live…

Hi John, just out of curiosity I read your letter. John nice to hear your comments about how wonderful it was to see the sky and observe nature, many times we take our world for granted. John God Bless You, I know your faith in him will overcome.
Take care, Mickey- jay

John,

I read your story and can empathize with you, as I have the same illness, diagnosed just recently. I don’t know what my lung capacity is (not on oxygen), but feel noticeably exhausted with short work efforts. I too came down with pneumonia, but managed to stay out of the hospital.

I’m a regular customer of yours.

My best to you and your wife.

Chuck Gruby

G’ day John,
From the other side of this great planet that the Lord God has blessed us with, in Melbourne, Australia.
May the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you and your family.
I will continue to pray for you, so keep well.
Kindest regards Peter.

Hi Mr Parham,
first, sorry for my bad english, I just hop that that you’ll understand the language of my heart. Keep faith and courage, be strong and sincerly we hope that you’ll we have a donor. Since a lot of time, I signed my card, please every one in the world, do this…

The prayers of myself and all my biker frinds will be with you. May God bless you and your family.

Hang in there john a lot of people are thinking of you

God Bless You… I am a new Bike owner (Harley of course.) I appreciate what you wrote about motorcycle people being “real” and “the most generous, loyal people you will meet”… Afterall, the first thing a new Harley owner learns, (after learning how to ride), is how to wave at other riders as they pass by…. the second thing they learn is how to ride as a team… I love this part of my life and I thank people like you John, who have pioneered the motorcycle lifestyle and made it appealing to all walks of life. I wish you all the best, and you are an inspiration.
Sincerely,
Ed Horton

I just read your letter and felt moved to add my comments to the many other letters of encouragement from other riders. I, too, have been riding for many years. Started with a Cushman “clamshell” scooter at age 11, in the summer of 1961. My dad traded for it by repairing a washing machine for a lady. Her son had taken it apart, then moved out and left town with his girlfriend. It was truly a “basket-case”!! Dad taught me how to repair/reassemble it in his shop at night (after school & homework of course). He warned me then that riding would “get in your blood.” Boy, was he right! He rode for several years after WWII on an H-D 45WLA. He bought it from the Army Surplus at Ft. Sam Houston. Paid $165.00 for it, BRAND NEW, in a crate, cosmoline and all! He sold it in 1953. He’s regretted doing that ever since. I’ve had many bikes, all kinds, over the years. Now I ride an ’05 Road King Custom, which I ordered the monotube kit for, from you. Great improvement. Thanks to you and J&P Cycles! I wish the best for you and your family during this hard time. I pray that God will provide healing and comfort for you all. He can if we will only BELIEVE HE CAN! Have NO doubt, whatsoever! You see, John, the Holy Ghost is an all-powerful thing, but delicate at the same time. ANY doubt in our minds/hearts, it will flee. Place yourself COMPLETELY in His hands. I truly believe that He is faithful and just to deliver us from all troubles, trials, and tribulations, but we must also accept His will for our lives at the same time. That is the tough part He could be using you and your situation to bring us all together to spread His word of Faith, Hope, and Love to a lost and dying world. I can think of no greater honor than that, my friend. I will be praying for you, John, with sincere wishes for a positive outcome. Respectfully Yours, Boyce.

Dear . John I Tip my Helment to you and yours. You should be very proud of the company you spent your life creating Honesty Loyalty and quality and for that alone God will prevail wishing you the Best Hank @ Rollin wrench

God bless you John! You will be in our prayers!

I am a Canadian Military vet from the Special Forces, I have faced life threatening situations alongside my American brothers; your bravery and ability to convey an important message is inspiring; I admire you. Keep fighting

Facta – non – verba

Hey brother,just a note to say that you and yours
are in our thoughts and prayers. I appreciate what you have done for the biking industry and count it a priveilege to call you my brother. Thanks for the letter concerning your condition. PRAYER WORKS!!!
J.R. and Debbie Smith
ELDER – Bethany Christian Church
Carrollton, Georgia

God Bless you John, prayers sent…..

Thank you for such a heartfelt and meaningful message. Your life story is truly inspirational, and captures the best qualities of what it means to live in this great country and what can be done with the freedom it gives us.

I wish you all the best and hope that you continue to finish off many, many Lists to come …

Bill

prayers to you…!

John, From our family to you and yours. We wish you the best of luck with your treatment and will keep you in our prayers. I’ve asked GOD to please help you and bless you in find the donor you so desperately need. GOD Bless you and enjoy your life with your family.

Ivette & Frank
New York

Your never alone in this fight. WE ALL STAND WITH YOU John. Prayers and blessings to you!
Jim

John ,so to here of your bad heath.Hang in there,it sounds like you are staying positive,that is great.We recently lost my oldest brother in Dec.09.I was very happy and proud to learn that he was an organ donor.I am sad to say they only got to use his eyes,but now hopefully somebody can see much clearer.Wish you and your family the best.Mike.

God Bless you, you’re in my prayers. As a widower for over two years I can totally relate to you and your wife. Stay strong, faith and prayer will get you through anything. Remember, WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.

John and Jill, first of all I hope and pray you and your family do get to finish your “Bucket List” (yes I did see it and made an impact on me) and many more “Bucket Lists”.
Have been a customer of your store (Daytona Beach) because of the “attitude”of ALL the workers show: now I know where they get that attitude.
Lastly, I am an organ donor because I can not think of a bigger waste and selfish act than to be buried with out giving the gift of life to others.
Hopefully we will all go riding in Heaven some day.

Aloha John! Get well soon. All things are possible with God. I’ll be praying for you and your family too.

Thanks for all that you do for us riders. Thanks for the reminder to live each day to the fullest. I know what you mean when you are faced with life changing times. This is one of the reasons I got back into riding again. In fact, the Harley I have now is nicked named, “Therapy”. It helped me get over some hard time in my life.

Like all the previous post from Hawaii, Look us up, drop us a message if you plan to get over here. The Aloha spirit is alive and well here.

Welton

Hi John. My wife and I Janet wish you nothing but the very best.
Every time we renew or licenses, we always sign our organ donor cards as do our Daughters.
May your God shine down on you.

Keith n Jan.

John……I wish you well..Im already an organ donor but at 63 I doubt that any of em got many miles left on them….just hang in there

John and Jill,

It is very saddening to hear that you have been struggling with this disease. On behalf of myself and the Eagle Riders, may god bless you and your family.
Whatever you do, do not quit fighting this thing and make it thru a bucket full of bucket lists!!
Jeff

Hello John, As I have read the concern of the people who know you and those that do not, it has empelled me to make known that I too have concern over your struggle. That is what it is, a struggle. It is one that I wish I could truly undo for anyone, even those who I do not know or even care to know.
This is not the fourm to get all “preachy” as some would say, but I have to share this hope that our God provides, it is found, of all places in the Bible, in the book of Revelation chapter 21 verses 3-5. I am not going to quote it for you but let you and those who choose to read this look in their own Bibles the hope and guaranty our loving God Jehovah does give to a life filled with health and happiness.
John you have given others happiness by being there for them please! let us and most of all, God be there for you.
Keep Fighting with happy thoughts,
Rory

John, You will do just fine. From your inspirational letter to us all, I can tell you are already blessed. You have a wonderful family that supports you, a dream of achievements that you have fulfilled and most important, your faith and realization that comes through your letter that “life is just a journey and not a destination”. All this will strengthen you as you continue this wonderful gift of life and enjoy the good and the not so good moments life offers us all. Let me share and give you some word of encouragement from my own personal experience.

I 2003, I was diagnosed with a tumor in my head. It had eaten through my skull and was less then a mm from my brain. I was operated upon and walla I got my first wake-up call of how important health is in ones life’s journey. It was not but a year later in 2004 I was diagnosed with 4th stage Kidney cancer. Well, lets go and take that tumor (the size of a soft ball) out of this body. Yes, they did, only to find later that the cancer had metastasized in my liver, near the aorta, and my lung. So I went on a clinical trial with 17% chance of recovery. Within a year, thru the same support and love from my family, friends and the Man above, that you have, I recovered and the cancer was gone. So with the strength and the love and the support you have I believe that you too will kick this small obstacle and challenge that life has brought in front of you. Just take it as one of those challenges you overcame when you were faced with difficult situation running and building this great J&P cycle business. And as before and always, you will solve this challenge too.

Let me end this long email by sharing my motorcycle story. I am almost 60 now, but until the last 2 and half years, I had driver’s license, sailing license and a pilot’s license. How sad, I said to myself, that with this extended stay in life that I did not have a motorcycle license. So 21/2 years back I bought a Nightser as my first bike, and started to learn on it (I had never ridden a motor cycle in my life before ). Well, that brought only a damaged knee and torn ligaments. With the advise and nagging of my wife I replaced my Nightser with a Harley Trike, got my motorcycle license and am enjoying the free spirited ride every time I get on it. So John, what’s your plans to take on that you always wanted to do. I know that you went thru your Bucket list, but come on what is it that you have to do that you always wanted to do. Go for it and we will cheer you on.

John, God Bless you and your family. I send a special blessing also for the loved ones around you that are most of the time easily forgotten. So keep on riding my friend.

Billy “The BoldEagle” Billimoria

Dear, John Parham, May God Bless you in a supernatural way that only Our Lord can do. Our thoughts & prayers are with you and your Family. Because with God all things are possible in Jesus Precious name Amen.

John,

After reading your book, I know that you are a fighter. Jill is too. Many hopes and prayers for all of your family.

I’ve a rider most of my life, (54 years of it) and those who don’t never know the love and joy that we get climbing the ‘Old Steel Horse’.

I can proudly say that I am an organ donor, and a retired paramedic. I know the hill which is before you.

May God Bless you and yours. Hang in there Brother. Forever Two Wheels.

Bear.

Wow. You’re sure right about re-assessing one’s priorities. Last year I was stricken with un-employment and had to really take a good hard look at what’s important, and what I thought was important. It all comes down to the simple things we take for granted, family, friends, self worth etc. I’m now gainfully employed and take view day as a gift. I’m healthy, have a beautiful wife, a good job, a nice house and, of course, a Fatboy. I really don’t need much more. John, you’re an inspiration to guys like me, I’ve always admired you and what you’ve accomplished. Hang in there buddy. Rich Hillyer

God bless you John. Wishing you a full recovery. My grandfather hab cancer in his skull and ribs in the ’60s. The bone looked like swiss cheese. One week he went in for a check-up and it was gone. Just gone. Praying for you too. Love always. Steve

God bless you , John.

John your strength and courage is an inspiration. I wish you and your family all the best in your recovery. May I suggest you start a blog of Jill and your upcoming BUCKET LIST adventures. Our society has such a overwhelming work ethic culture that we forget to slow down to experience the world around us.
Good luck and safe travels

God bless you John!

God Bless You , John.

John, your courage is an inspiration to us all, thank you for sharing your problem with us and opening our eyes to those little things in life we so often ignore. I will keep you and your family in my daily prayers. Craig

God bless you, my friend.

God Bless!

Greetings John I just read your story I just want to share the word with you. For a word of encouragement I ask you to read 1 Peter 3:10-12 With Jesus as Lord over our life, nothing is impossible He loves you and he knows what you are going through. Keep the faith.

John – I appaud you for the strength and courage to write your letter. It is not easy when you are vunerble and faced with serious health problems. It is so much easier to get bitter and feel sorry for yourself. It is commendable that you chose to forward the idea of donor donnation! I am considering it.
I and my family truly wish you the best! and a speedy recovery!

John, our prayers are with you and may God help you through this chapter of your life. Larry

John, so sorry to learn of your illness. I wish you well and hope for recovery. I ran into you at the last bike week in Daytona. Regards to you and your lovely family.

Dear Mr. Parham

Even though I don’t ride a Harley, I still ride motorcycles
and own 2 metrics, and I love to look thru J & P catalog’s at all the cool items listed within, wondering
how those items would look on my bikes. May the good Lord bless both you and you lovely wife Jill, with the strength to carry on the tough fight ahead, and know that both of you are in our(the harley & metric
riders) hearts and prayers.

John,
Sorry to hear you are not doing well….Just keep your faith in god n he will care for you…..I have bought part from only your company for our H/D Fatboys n have been very satisfied with your parts n service…Hope to see you at Sturgis in the next few years…Just to meet n talk with you…..Danielle n I will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers n think of you when we ride…
God bless you n keep riden
Art (Spike) n Danielle (C-4)
…Spikes Hot Rod n Scooter Garage…

John, Sorry to hear that you are not doing well……Keep a strong faith in God n he will care for you….Your M/C company is the only one I get my parts from ….We Have always been very satisfied with your service n parts……..Hope to see you at Sturgis in the next few years…Just to be able to meet n talk with you……My wife n I will keep you in our Thoughts n Prayers when we ride our Fatboys…
Our Thought n Prayers are with You, Your Wife n Family…
God Bless You….N keep Ridin……
Art (Spike) n Danielle (C-4)
…….Spikes Hot rod n Scooter Garage…

John
I wish you all the good luck in the world and appreciate your letter on organ transplants. I myself am fighting a terminal illness and know of the bond between family you speak of. I wish you all the best and hope everything turns out the way you have it planned. I also have a young daughter 13 and just like you, want to see her grow up

Good Luck to You and Your Family
Scott Temple
Castle Rock Co

The organ donation program through Life Source out of Minneapolis has literally saved both my wife and me after our son was killed. Our son was an organ donor 8 years ago and the 4 people who recieved his organs are all doing fine as far as we know. One in particular who recieved his heart is doing exceptional and we have become good friends with him. Our son maybe gone but his gift of life lives on. I’m hoping to stop in at your Motorcycle Museum this August when I go to the sprintcar races in Knoxville.

Hi John, Sorry to hear about your medical problems, I have faith you will find a doner. I am 63 with 3 ex wives and would trade places with you in a minute for a woman like Jill. I have enjoyed doing business with you ahd intend to do more in the future All the best, Bill

my familys through and praiers are with you Sir I have enjoyed you company for over 25 years Thank you

John,very sorry to hear of your illness!I will put you in my prays.The good Lord did’nt get you this far to let go now.He has good plans for you !!He is looking up the part number right now.With all the good people praying for you I know in my heart its going to be OK. I know what you’re saying bout taking time to smell the flowers,as I just had a go around with cancer of the lung and voice box. I’m doing good after my surgery,and I belive it was all the people praying for me that got me through it!! I hope the next letter you write will be telling all of us how well you are doing with your new parts in place!!!You have helped all of us now the Good Lord is going to look out for you I wish your and your family the VERY BEST!!! God Bless ED

When I call to order parts the employee is very informative and helpful.

I think the spirit of the company has “trickled down” from the top.

Our prayers are with all of you from JP Cycles and we believe in Miracles!

i also have a lung disease Alpha 1. Im 47 yr old and have 23 % lungs that work. God bless you.

John, my prayers are with you. I believe your positive outlook will help you with this battle. 12 years ago I had quadruple bypass surgery and was riding my harley within 2 months. Since then I’ve tried to live each day to the fullest one day at a time. Hope to see you on the road!

Hi John,
Your post was inspiring. I wish you the best. I am an organ donor, giving a kidney to my brother, You are so right about those things that are most important in life. Long life and God Bless, – Jay

JOHN & JILL-
You both have never let your success go to your head all the years I’ve known both of you. It saddens me to think of what you have had to go through. Especially for someone who has brought joy to so many people in so many different ways.
BE STRONG- TIM VATH

I have a wife that has the same thing and was diagnosed in 2009 and right now is at 67%. We have tried too make a bucket list ,but my company closed and there is no income for this. I have been riding for a long time and purchased her a bike and got her into it. 2006 we were out too stergis andvisited yor company.baught alot of aftermarket parts from you.We know what it is that you are going through. We both became doners last year. BEST OF WISHES TOO YOU, WE WILL BE PRAYING FOR YOU, AND GOD BLESS TOO YOU AND FAMILY….. JOHN& DEB SIDOCK

john ,i am truly sorry to hear about your illness .i have only been a gold club member for about a year .i have been a customer for about two .i have built a custom bike with your parts .i am a true harley fan and secondly a j and p cycles fan .i pray that you get your transplant and come out of it 100 percent just hold on to your faith in the lord and he will take care of you .remember the two sets of foot prints in the sand when times got hard there was only one the man ask the lord why he said when the times was hardest that is when i carried you.

i know the power of prayer works for sure.faith is all it takes. total, positivly 100% faith with nothing to sway your faith and if you ask in total faith without a doubt that he wont deliver you will receive what you prayed for according to his will. i can tell you it has awsome power. trust him. eee,orrr

Hi John!
I live and work in Qatar but actually from Pakistan. I ride Softail Heritage classic FLSTC. My bike boast many parts bought from you.

Sorry to hear about your health issues! May Allah bless you with speedy recovery! Amin.

My and my family prayers are with you. Allah has given you opportunity to ask for His forgiveness.

Its not the end of it, you are getting ready for the next journey which will never end.

Getwell soon!

Jhon, I am sorry to hear about what u are going through. I know how short life is because I lost a real close uncle of mying back in 2001 from lung cancer. Also I was in a motorcycle accient in 2008 and was in the hospital for 3 days for a head injury and I could not walk right for 2 week. I am doing alot better now and I hope you get alot better and injoy life. I been riding motorcycle sence I was about 2 or 3 years old and ever sence then I love to ride. Now sence I grow up I own a 2008 harley davidson 1200 sportster and I love riding it. I hope you get better and get back on a bike and ride again best of wishes my prays go out to you jhon dont gave up. (Rob Eddy)

You have my best wishes and prayers for a recovery and any thing else you may need.
Goc Bless Tim

Thanks for the heartfelt letter John, I will keep you and Jill in my prayers. I hope you can have that transplant that you need.

Mr. Parham,
It is with great sadness to hear of your medical condition. You have built a great business taking care of all us bikers and are an inspiration to all. Best wishes to you and your family

John, I along with Members of The White Plate Flat Trackers Assoc. are sorry to receive the news about your Illness. You & Jill are in our Prayers, for better days ahead. I am also a LifeTime Member of your Wonderful Museum. Best Regards,
George Holter 60K
Assist.Dir/Field ReporterWPFTA
Sturgis, SD

My heart goes out to you. May our Good God bless you and keep you safe.
All Good wishes,
Bruce Hammer
Manti, UT

John,

I’ve had asthma and COPD for my entire life. I didn’t let it slow me down much and consequently I’ve had a very successful career in law enforcement. You will be in my prayers on the job and on my bike. I just checked my DL to make sure they had my status as an organ donor up to date. I’ve also made sure that my daughter knows my wishes on the subject.

J&P Cycles was one of the first outfits I learned about when I bought my first H-D last year and I have been a regular customer. You have helped me tremendously in making my new bike truly mine. Stay strong, keep the faith, and enjoy your life. DW

JOHN, Iam very sorry to get the news about your Health Problems. You & Jill are in our Prayers, for better days ahead.
I am a LIFETIME MEMBER OF YOUR WONDERFUL MUSEUM. Best Regards,
George Holter 60K KS.
Assit. Dir/ Field Reporter White Plate Flat Track Assoc. STURGIS SD.

John, you have your priorities in order. My family will pray for you, that the days ahead will be rich. Keep trusting Him…He’s all we need.

John,
I have Hepititis C. I was given 5 years to live 25 years ago. Keep your faith in God strong. He is the true deciding factor. I have taken herbs that the doctors said would not make a difference. But doctors are just “Practicing Medicine”. They do not have it down perfect yet. Keep your faith. I will pray for you. And you must pray for us, as well as yourself and your family. I have 6 grand children. So I really want to hang around a while longer. When you have faith and belief in God, many things are possible that are never understood. But take His gifts for what they are, GIFTS. As hard as it is to believe or accept, this disease may be a gift. God rarely takes you to a place he will not get you out of. And this is a learning experience. I promise you. Just as my Hep C is a learning experience.

What can I do to help you? I am always willing to help another person. And I rarely say, “No”. If it is in my power, and it is God’s will, I will do what ever you need.
Mr. Elmer

John and Jill, Our prayers are with you. What a touching story, and good advice. Stay focused on the goal. GOD Bless.
And by the way, Good Selection,Quality Parts, and
Great service! We hope to ride out this year.

Now’s the time for every biker to send John their internal power & thoughts for a reverse of this medical condition.
John, you and Jill have created a amazing company.

Thanks,

Ron Lynch

Hi John, I don’t know if you will have the opportunity to read this post, but if you do I wish you the best. My wife received a double lung transplant 2 1/2 years ago from cystic fibrosis. Although it is a different disease the outcome is the same. I want you to know that there is hope, even when life seems like you cant carry on. Please feel free to visit my wife’s blog at http://www.jamiebug.blogspot.com I think it may help. I am a fellow biker and am currently a student at MMI. My wife’s health has never been better, we have never regretted our decision for a transplant. We will be glad to answer any questions you may have. Wishing you the best!

John, We admire you for your courage and hope you never need to complete that bucket list. Wishing you all the best.

John,

You and your wonderful company have helped me build and customize bikes from metrics to customs and everything in between. I know that you have the strength to survive this, just as your company has survived for 30 years. From the CCC family to yours, we all wish you the best!

Roger “Grumpy” Conklin

Look after yourself, wish you well and I will become a donor too.

John, I will become a doner, take care. Wish you well

John….Best of luck and God bless. I too through no fault of my own was diagnosed with Primary Schlorosing Colangitis ( a liver auto immune disease) 13 years ago. Exactly 11 years ago on June 15th I was lucky enough to receive a liver transplant from someone who had unfortunately died in a car accident. I can’t stress to people enough how vital organ donation is. The demand far outpaces the availability. I am a recipient and hopefully when my time comes, I can help someone else through my donation. I missed one summer of riding that year but have gained 11 more I probably would never have had. Keep fighting and never forget that” the road goes on forever”.

John,
I meet you and your parents in 2007. My now ex-girl friend & I rode my Harley from Denver to her home town, Manchester. We came to J&P Cycles during a customer appreciation night. We had a really good time meeting you and your parents. I love your letter and it really means alot to me. I am now and have been a organ donor for many years. You are in my prayers. Get well soon!

God bless you,
Mike Oller
Denver, Colorado

John, I met you years ago in Peotone, Il. at a swapmeet that J&P managed at that time, and you took time to answer a couple of simple questions… You treated me like you knew me and as a friend… I’m sorry to hear about your health and pray that you get the transplant you need. Last year I had neck & back surgery and had to do a bit of soul searching,… and if I may borrow you term (bucket-list)…. to choose the things that matter most. Still riding, although less than I would like, but enjoying it as much as possible. I pray that you and your family get through this health problem. Stay Strong, and hope to see you again this summer.
Mike

John – From all of us from the New Haven, CT. HOG Chapter – Keep fighting and All of our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family! Godspeed…

God bless you brother. I could use another set of lungs myself. I just thank God for that peace that knows no understanding. I pray that God’s will be done in our lives, and in our families. We don’t know how long we have here, but as long as we have Jesus as our Savior, we will have an eternity to enjoy, being in the presence of God. May God bless you and your family forever, thru the blood of his son, Jesus Christ,, Michael J Hertzog

I hope you have a good recovery John. All the people at JPCycles have helped me a lot on my projects and your company has been a great asset for my projects.

I am a donor too!

It is good that you took the time to write this letter to us Thanks!!!

Hi John and Jill,
Congratulations on your 31st anniversary and your expansion.

We are new to motorcycling. We really enjoyed looking at your catalogue. We are still building our order and will have it ready soon. (So many great choices and good deals.) We are very excited about getting into motorcycling. A friend of ours recommended JPCycle and suggested requesting a catalogue.

We wish you all the best. God Bless. Thank you for sharing your story. We admire your strength.

Daphne and Joe

John, I was truly saddened to hear about your health problem. I remember watching episodes of American Thunder where I became aware of J&P cycles in which you were in better health. I hope you find a lung transplant or your health improves! Our thougths and prayers are with you, Jill, and your family. Amen for organ donor awareness!

God bless you John. Take comfort in knowing that God takes care of His own. You are His and he has a plan for you. Pray and listen, my friend. He WILL speak.

I suffered greatly after an elective surgery went wrong. Many months of prayer later, He must have figured ‘enough is enough’ because He touched me, and healed me. In less than 5 minutes, I was, and am still, 5 years later, pain free! Ask for His will, and hang on for the ride brother!!

God bless you and Jill.

John, I have never been to your J&P Cycles business. It is, however, one of those things that I have wanted to do but never took the time. If my prayes for you are answered, I will be able to shake your hand this summer. God bless you and good luck!

Hey John!

I’m prayin for ya too! I’m so glad you have your family there to support u:-) God bless!!

our prares are with you

John hope everything get’s better for you, me and my wife are deaply gratefull in your acheavements and your business. witch i have used your services & buiseness sevaral times,we to are exsperincing colon cancer with my wife for the past few years. hang in there we love you & wish you the best. Russ & connie from skiatook,oklahoma.

john, i read your comments and tears came to my eyes. my dad died after a 3 yr battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. it is a horrible disease i had never even heard of until he was diagnosed. there is so little know about this disease i so want to do something to help and have supported legislation through the coalition for pulminary fibrosis online. i am praying for your miracle through a transplant. did you realize evil kenivel ( sorry misspelled) also had this disease. his family has worked with fundraisers in the past to help raise money for research. you and your family will be on my heart and in my prayers. please keep us posted. rhonda boyd, golden, ms.
PS…..my husband and i ride a Boss Hoss

My prayers are with you and your family. I have copd and had a heart attack 6 years ago. Things take on a different meaning when you have seen death and you cherish life much more. God has a plan tho we may not know what it is. Be well.

Good luck to you and your family John. Glad they are they to support you the whole way. Keep up the positive attitude as it is stronger than any medicine or therapy.

I’m pullin’ for ya buddy!

Billy

John – thank you very much for sharing your life with us.

Wanted you to know, I’ve considered the donor program for myself over the years, I knew it was valuable and helpful to many, and I didn’t join because of personal beliefs.

I cannot fathom why all of a sudden I feel this overwhelming need. But today, after reading your message I will get one next week.

I do wish you and your family all the very best during this difficult period.

Best Regards, Bob

I’m praying. May God bless you and keep you.

John, I have never had any major medical problems (Thank God), but I have looked the devil in the face many times while serving in Iraq with the Marines. I have also scared the devil out of my father’s ICU room after a major heart attack- so I am no stranger to seeing the light. I wish you the best and as long as you know that you are strong, have agreat-loving family, and prayer- you can see this through. When I was blown up in Iraq the sight of my kids are what got me out of the truck! God will make it happen for you- just trust! Your brothers on two wheels are here for you! My fatboy and Sporty thank you for keeping them going and I thank you for the price- without you they would be collecting dust in the garage. God bless and keep you! Jeff

John and Jill, our thoughts are with you. I too have been thru the mill. Slow recovery, will never be the same but little bit stronger every day. It helps to have a dream as you do. Mine was to ride again, which I just started, 50 miles and need a stretch but riding is riding. Even on a can am spyder. I can’t hold my classic up but once i GET ON THE REVERSE TRIKE off I go. I am a donor, not that any one can need whats left of me, eyes still good, and I incourage all to think about becoming one. We all must remember, this is not a rehersal.
Can am parts etc at Jand P maybe someday. nbb

Aloha John, just like Mr. Kapua, I live in Hawaii too, & would like to extend an invite to you too. If Hawaii is on your bucket list, come on over bradda, will take a beautiful ride around the Big Island. Praying for you & your Ohana.

having worked all your liFe thank your lucky stars that you are set to go regarding money….good on you.
I BET YOU BEAT THIS THING.GODSPEED….TAKE CARE
BRUCE WILLIS

John,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Fight hard and be strong.

May God Bless and Be with You!

James

John /Jill Thank you for such a genuine and heartfelt open message to your friends, customers and the thousands out their that have read this.
I truly wish you, Jill, and your family the best. I hope and pray for some miraculous event that may turn things around for you. My best wishes and regards……

john: just wanted to say i can pray for u and ur family, there is alot of power in prayer and w/the people u have helped over the years if we all pray u can have that power from God… also would like to say that in 1992 my father was killed by a dunk driver i at 19yrs old had to make the choice to take him off life support and that being a very hard choice, 3 people got a to live from his donation so i am all for giving what we can not use anymore. may God bless u and ur family… thanks TallKid…

I’m truly sadened by this news. Please Stay The Course and Get Better. Ive been doing business with your company for many years and will continue to do so for many years to come. From all my Family: GET BETTER AND KICK THIS OUT OF YA, AL OF OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU. Hutt, Unity, Kathy, Katrina And All Our Customers

I ride with the Highwaysand Hedges MM. We believe in prayer, and quess what I have just prayed for you. I prayed that the pain will lesson.
I also prayed for complete restoration of the damage.
God Bless You
Brick
RidingFor The King

Dear John and Jill,

My thoughts and prayers are with you both during this diffcult time. JUST remember this, NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE with YAHWEH! ( Heavenly Father)
ALL YOU GOTTA DO IS HAVE FAITH IN HIM! He will bring you a brand new parts you need!
I look forward to many more great years in your shop and will be adding your items to my shop when I expand it down the road.
Blessings and peace with you brother and sister!

Keep riding!
With Yeshua Mashiyach’s Ahava ( love)
Shannon ~ Smokin’ Shannon’s Autobody & Painting Shop, PA.

John, I met you three years ago at Sturgis. We had a nice conversation even though I could see you were very busy. You even took the time to stand in a picture with me. I wanted the picture because, to me, you are motorcycles. The industry is a better place with you in it, so lets keep you here! Get better and keep the world on two wheels! Good luck, Godspeed, and an Irish blessing on top of it all!

John, your letter touched me,I have been donor for about 20 yrs. You made ook at somethings and question some of my priorties, Ias verinvolved in Vteran Issues for many years and helping my brother & sister vets has is something I have enjoyed , I decided to volunteer at the 2 local VA hospitals here in Little Rock, Ar. But your letter really made me think about family, friends and God. I thank you! You and your family will be in my prayers for Jesus to touch you with healing hands.
Much Love!

WayneK

John, I met you three years ago at Sturgis. We had a nice conversation and then you posed in a picture with me. I wanted the picture because to me and a lot of people, you are motorcycles. The industry is a much better place with you in it, so lets get you better and keep it that way. Good luck and Godspeed, and an Irish blessing on top of it all!

Dear John
Life is but a vapor. Like a cloud that comes and goes.
You are so right about things in life that matter most. But with your Creator you have to be in His will for Him to be in yours. So you can’t have it both ways. You can’t have sin in your business and life and then His health and strength in yours. God is a Holy Being and requires holiness in you.
Therefore put away what is wrong with what you do or sell, or both if it be so, and then ask for mercy and see what happens. You just might be surprised.
Love, Andy

I have rode since I was about 6. At the age of 32 I noticed that I could not breath as well as I thought I should be able to. I was digonsed with COPD. I did smoke for 10 years but stopped at age 24. As the years went by things progressed until I was on oxygen age 61. By the time I was 63 I had to stop 3 times to make it up 14 steps. On October 27, 2007 I received a lung transplant. The surgery was not hard but I had other complcations and ended up spending 18 days in the hospital. I had a couple of hard years but, (NOW!!!) I can do nearly anything I want to do. I excercise 3 times a week work in the garden, and I have got the Harley out and the list goes on. It has been a real blessing. Call me if you would like to talk.

Sincerely
Richard Lemagie
Tacoma Washington

With god on your side you can not lose this battle.I will keep you and your wife in all my prays.God bless you john.

Hey John, I was inspired and blessed by your letter. I have been buying from J & P for years. Now I understand why the company is so straight up and people service oriented.
You can count on my prayers John. I am from Canada. I visited your store in Florida a couple years ago. WOW!! Great store. Of course I didn’t have the $$$ to buy all the shiny stuff I wanted for my bike and. . . well. . . . my wife was with me. Can’t wait to visit again.
God bless you John. Saying a prayer for you right now. You know God has a plan for your life. I have a feeling that he is not done with you yet.

God Bless You John Parham. Thank You for sharing your story. My friend will soon be on a waiting list for a heart transplant. Anyone can find more info on organ donor registration at this sight.

http://organdonor.gov/donor/index.htm

Ann Skemp
Assistant Director
Mighty Mississippi HOG Chapter
Dubuque Harley Davidson

John- Sorry to hear your health has taken the turn it has. I have so many great memories from the early days. You were always more than a boss to me it seemed more like helping a good friend than a job. I will keep you in my prayers my friend. Thank you for all you have done for over the years. I will make a point to look you up next time I stop by the shop. My prayers and best wishes to you and your family.-Hosehead

John:
Prior to getting back into Motorcycles some 15 years ago, I raced (for fun) Open Wheel Formula Race Cars. For obvious reasons my former wife convinced me to register as an organ donor. As the years have passed, and friends and family have contracted one disease or another where an organ transplant would have saved their life, I have prayed that all individuals would register as donors so we might save the lives of those whom for no fault of their own, have found themselves in need of a life saving organ. It is my hope and prayer that you foremost, and all others in need, receive those vital organs which will give you the full lives you so richly deserve! God Bless you and your family!

Jeff O’Sullivan
Motorcyclist, Organ Donor, Friend

Dear John

May the Lord repair your whole body from the inside out. may he send his angels to come down and cover you with he’s Holy spirit and fix your lungs and have it back working just like when you where a young boy. may the Lord JESUS protect each and every one of your family and last , GIVE you the streght that He is with you and that you will live for a long time and even see your grand child marrie and have children so I ask the Lord with all my heart to please take care of you and give you the power to continue on with your life with your wife and family God Bless………..dru

ps I to love motorcycles and I’ve just started my business and once business picks up I will indeed be buying product from your company. Much aloha and God bless from DRU Kekaualua owner of Krazy Hawaiian Custom Cycles of Hilo, Hi

John

I don’t know if you will even be the one who reads this, but wanted to respond. I am father of two girls one 5 and one 2. I have two obsessions. One is that I am in the transportation of gasoline with my father and I am a work aholic. The other is that I have an obsession with Harley Davidsons and ride very little do to work, but it is one of the only times I truly feel good. I am already an organ donor. For whatever reason I took the time to read your article and took the time to actually give it some thought. You are exactly right. I probably should actually put work a little farther down the list and spend more time with my family and my bike. My father has hung is helmet up and isn’t really excited about me riding, but has accepted that it is truly a love I cannot resist. I always have said that whereever I am no matter how large the crowd, Harley people always treat you as a family. Truly a common bond. It sometimes makes me think that if the whole world rode harleys it might make us all better people. People who don’t ride just don’t understand. I guess that I was responding to you to give back to another rider some of the generosity and friendship that has been given to me. Stay strong and you and your family will be in my prayers.

Sincerely

John Sylvester Jr.

John, I hope this letter finds you in good health All our prayers are with you and your family. My mother was a donor and am proud to say she lives on in a few people today I do agree with being a donor. May GOD Bless you always , We will pray for all in need . Joe Cutry

John I know you don’t know me at all but I want to wish you the very best and want you to know that you help create an outstanding company. The bucket list is a very interesting concept but the fact that you took a concept from scratch and create such a successful enterprise is like as many bucketts as any man can expect in one lifetime. I am a donor and God Bless you and your family.

sorry! about your illness.I hope you are doing well and your family.may god bless you.

This letter could not be more true. Thank you for sharing, as some of us need to be reminded of these things from time to time. My family wishes you all the best.

Rick

John, My wife & I will pray for you & your family while going thru this health crisis. I have a twin brother that has cancer of the vocal cords also several relatives with cancer battles. I also enjoy the simple things in life with family and friends. We enjoyed watching “The Bucket List ” Take Care, Gregg & Sonya Cribb Williston, S.C.

My thoughts and prayers are with you. I know how life changing illness’s can really get you thinking.
I had a Pulminary Embolism in 2000 that forced me into early retirement (at 37) from something I truly loved (truck driving). and then was diagnosed with diabetis and Diabetic Neuropathy in the last 2 yrs. and the 2 of those have rally limited the amount of time I feel like riding.
But when i do I make up for lost time and that makes me feel so much better
So do what you enjoy andlive for Today

Dear John,

I was happy to receive your letter concerning organ donation. I have been an organ donor since my oldest daughter contracted a rare kidney disease when she was 11. She is now 30. Last year, she also had a heart attack, adding to our already stressful life. Today, she has a pacemaker and defribulator, and is on dialysis awaiting a donor. My other daughter also has a rare auto-immune disease.
I have been an avid rider for over 37 years and understand your decision to post your letter. Life is short, help those who you can while you are alive. Enjoy your family, and praise God for them each and every day because we don’t know when He will call us home!
John, thank you for your unselfish attitude to share your story, in turn, helping others to realize what life is TRULY about! I also have a friend that has had the lung transplant about 4 years ago. With complications in the first, he had a 2nd as well. Today, he is doing very well and enjoying his family! You be sure to do the same.
God Bless, ride safe, and keep us in parts!

Dick Snyder
Lexington, TN

God Bless you and your family, John! You are an insparation in so many ways, thnaks for sharing this very personal story and know that you have thousands of friends and admirers that you have never met.

Ride Hard, Ride Strong, You Ride Forever in Our Hearts.

Rebel Chef

Dear John,

I’ve been a registered organ donor for years and don’t understand why more people don’t do it. I hope your letter will touch those people who haven’t registered and that they will share their reasons with friends & family.

Thank you for sharing your story. You are in my prayers!

Robin~

God Bless You John and thank for making it possible for all us common motorcyclist to ad to and customize our bike on a budget.

Dear John,
Thank you for reaching out to so many and creating a dream. You are loved! My wife and I will be buying new helmets from you real soon! …….You are a blessing. I was raised a metaphysician so with all my love ….a good read and mental healing state is found in this book…….Money, and the Law of Attraction (attracts health) by Esther and Jerry Hicks.
Yours always,
Raymond D.

I DID NOT KNOW YOU WERE FIGHTING ILLNESS WE “THE WEST BEND H.O.G CHAPTER WISC” ARE COMING DOWN THERE ON THE MILLION MILE RIDE FOR THE HARLEY EVENT WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THEN ON THE 28TH OF JUNE

STAY STRONG GET WELL

JOHN,

GOD BLESS YOU AND BIKERS ARE A STRONG BUNCH WE ALL PRAYING FOR YOU IS SURE TO BE HEARD BY THE ALMIGHTY. MY WIFE AND I HAVE BEEN DONERS FOR EVER SHE HAS JUST BECOME DISABLED AND I A DAV WE HAVE FACED SOME TOUGH TIMES . ALSO MARRIED 35 YEARS WITH 3 GREAT BOYS ONE IN IRAQ KEEPING US ALL SAFE WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FAITH AND HOPE YOU WILL BE KNOCKING DOWN THAT BUCKET LIST FOR YEARS WE WILL BE THINKING OF YOU OFTEN GOD BLESS

THE SLINGERLAND ‘S

John,
Just a little note to let you know that you will be in my prayers, & to let you know that you run one great business & everyone I have talked to there is very kind and helpful.
My Dad in 2005 caught Pneumonia and was on life support for 24 days and I don’t remember the total number days in ICU & the hospital & a rehab center. He was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis and now has 28 percent usage of his lungs. He is now 82 years old.

Rick

Your letter hit me in the heart John. In 2008 my oldest brother passed away from Legionaire’s Disease, which he contracted while in the hospital for another reason all together. My point is that we really never know when or time here on Earth is up. I have dedicated the remaining time I have to enjoying every minute of it. I have three wonderful adult children and as of now one beautiful little Grandaughter, all of whom I want to see grow old. I have long ago registered to be an organ donor, I wish everyone would do it. It leaves such a rewarding feeling in my heart knowing that someday I may save another’s life, or give them a better quality of life.
God Bless and best wishes

Dear John, just to let you know you are in my prayers, have been in ICU also after heart surgery, so I know what you mean. John my friend never give up the fight, hang in there, as you know you have a lot of people behind you, and please keep us up dated on how you’re doing, there’s a lot of people out here that love you John, keep punchin’
May God bless you and your family,
Paul&Patricia Mancuso

John – I couldn’t agree with you more. Slow down, take a moment to look up at the trees, sit down to a family dinner without the TV. Thank you for sharing your story. I hope it helps even just 1 other person to reevaluate priorities and put the American rat-race into perspective.
You are in our prayers.

John – you are in my thoughts and prayers! I felt the holy sprit shoot through my entire body as I read your story. The man above truely has his hands over you and your family through these trying times.

God bless;
Beth Bernal

John, We wish nothing but the best in life and hope and pray that you will be able to get your transplant. You and you fine crew have always been there for us and so from me and mine may God Bless you and hold you in his hands forever. I am a organ donar and have been all of my life.
Praying for you and yours.
Jerry Brown

Very sad news John, I hope you receive a good used lung and whip this. God Bless.

Aloha, John

We have been a part of JP cycles for the past 5 years and have got to know some of your great staff. We are saddened to have read your letter that was emailed to us on June 17, 2010
I live in Hawaii, but live part time in Cresco, Iowa. I try to make the drive from Cresco to Anamosa every year to buy parts for my 05 Sporty in Iowa and my 06 Fatboy in Hawaii.
My Ohana (Family) would like to just say, get well, take care and I am praying for you. We hope that you will be able to do the rest of your bucket list. If Hawaii is on your bucket list, please look us up and maybe we can show you around.

Again, please get well and take care, The Kapua Ohana

John,

Thank you for your courage. I also have a terminal lung disease called Primary Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. I was given 3-5 years to live – 7 years ago.

I don’t let it get me down either. My wife and I have 5 children, 15 grandchildren, 1 great-granddaughter, and a great-grandson on the way due on my birthday, October 16th.

I drove truck over the road for many years and never got much of a chance to make many friends; however, our family is close, which makes it much easier.

We instill in the family that we all have to go sometime, and any one of us could go at any time. We don’t have any guarantee that we will live “forever.” Faith, unconditional love, and support gets us closer than many families probably think of. We certainly have much more time together and enjoy life.

I have been riding Harley Davidson motorcycles for over 30 years and am currently building a custom 1976 Bicentennial Edition Sportster. We hope to be up and on the road again very soon. I have to take my oxygen tank with me everywhere and have not been able to drive over-the-road for the last 12 years.

I admire your courage and honesty and have been buying parts from you for the last few years.

I wish you many blessings, along with your blessings of family and faith. God bless you and your family.

Best regards,

William Hancock

God bless you John. Here’s hoping for the best result possible in your treatment. Love your business and will continue to support it.

John
You are spot on my freind. hope all goes well I will keep you in my prayers. and when i am done with this note to you will sign up as a organ donor.

Don Blaner

Grand Forks NDmenswearthem

Dear John Parham,
My heart goes out to you & your family, but I really believe that Jesus Christ can heal you. The bible says if pray to Him and mean it with your heart He will heal you if this is in His will. This is within His will. My God can do anything, so call upon Him. We will be praying for you.

Wayne Macks
105 Winfield Boulevard
Houma, Louisiana 70360

You should be very proud of what you wrote. It may well save someones’ life. My prayers are with you.

Will be praying for you and knowing GOD will hear our prayers. We will put you on the prayer list at our biker church. In His Service Pastor Vince A.K.A…The harley riding preacher.

Hey John,
Sorry to hear about your illness. I wish the very best for you.
I bought my 2009 Ultra Classic last year in May and love the bike. I have bought many things from you company. The sales staff on the phone is always very nice and professional. The parts arrive at my home fast and very well packed.
Take Care of yourself and only the very best for you.
Rich Woolf

Thank you for sharing your story. I understand how difficult your life has become. Last November I lost my father, he also suffered from Pulmonary Fibrosis. He was a fighter all his life. From the depths of poverty he held our family together and raised four children, attended college and finally achieved bringing us out of dark times. In high school after classes he worked in sawmills and during summer break he logged the deep woods of Oregon in order to provide for his little brother and sister while his parents sat in their shack and tried to drink away all my father’s earnings. But he prevailed and his kid sister, brother, and he finally escaped the misery of abuse. All through my father’s life he had to fight to stay ahead and his last years were the hardest. Through it all my father kept an attitude that he would live with his afflictions and not die from them.

His attitude is the beacon of strength I follow as I deal with my own affliction everyday. Since 1992 I have been living with Hepatitis C, and I know that without a liver transplant I will someday come to an end too. I know we have no grantee for longevity in life, but I do know for a fact that we all have a choice when it comes to our health issues. I choose to follow my fathers example. I choose to live with my affliction, not die from it. For me that simply means live everyday as if it is your last. I have alway said that one person stand up at my funeral and says that was the kindest man I ever knew, then my life will be successful.

Thanks, Chris

Hello John , we pray for you every day , you have been waiting on everyone all of these years, now let them wait on you , you take care of your self and hang in there . Look foward to seeing you at the open house. thanks for all that you do , to keep us riding . GOD BLESS you and your family. John Kenner La.

John;
You are a true biker and a courageous fighter. All the bikers I ride with will see your blog, and I know all our prayers will be with you. God bless.
Sincere regards; GRAMMA

John,
You make us take a second and think about the really important things…not our jobs,hobbies,income,…just our families…I’m sending all of my best wishes your way, and continued strength and good fortune for you and your family, and if anyone could possibly wonder…and amazing and incredibly well run company….Cheers…Jim

Hi John,

We have never met but I have seen you on television and have enjoyed the products and service from J&P for years.

I never had any knowledge of your health issues but will keep you and your family in prayer. Christ is the great healer. Keep that in mind and seek him.

Best wishes for your health and success.

Your freind Steve.

I hope they find an organ donor soon, wish you a speedy recovery, Thanks for your great company!!!

Mark

John I believe if you get the word out that you need a couple of good lungs real quick maybe even from someone about to be executed you will get them.So best of luck.I want you to know that my 1976 shovel runs and looks real good because of J&P.Thanks

I wish you the best in recovery and you are in my prayers.

God Bless you,

Rick “Salty” Soltvedt

Hello!

I`hope more power and ewerything good for you and your family.

Greetings from Turku Finland

Juha Tasanko

Thank you Mr. Parham, for the above info. Janet and I wish you, Jill, and family our prayers. I have been a organ donor thru my Texas Drivers License for some time now. Years back I also realized the inherent danger in our sport of Motorcycling. Riding since the very early 70′s I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to log many miles on two wheels. Serving in the Military for 21 years, I made the decision to become a donor, and maybe extend fellow rider’s life or child.
May God Bless you and we wish you the best of life.

Harry and Janet Hinton
Gecko and Red
2037 Desco Dr
Austin, Texas 78748

ps: if in central Texas stop by The CASA Del Gecko,
door is open……

I think your letter pretty much says it all.
Thank you for sharing your life.
Ed Ford
Motorcyclist

Dear Mr. Parham,
I know all too dearly what you and your wife are giong through. My wife had scleraderma ans pulmanary fibrosis. Diagnosed at about age 40.
As you have so beautifully written, folks too often lose sight of the good things in their lives.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. It is good that you never give up. Always keep setting new goals, that way you are never done. That’s what Cindy and I did for a lot longer than they said we could.
Love and best wishes to you and your family.
Sincerely,
Kevin Cleveland
PS:
Thanks for all the great parts and service, I am a continuing costomer

thanks for taking time to say things that need to be said. i have been an organ donor since i was in my twenties [ oh how long ago!]. i can see that you’re going to play out the hand you’ve been dealt with courage and dignity. and most of all you have family and friendships which are the two most valued things! good luck and keep your chin up!

I hope you got my letter? I dont what happend? Page went blank,when i hit submit….. Whisperz

God Bless & Good Luck, John………………..

Jonh
You are in my thoughts,I have a lung disease.The sacks in my lungs are drying up.I was put on oxygen.I used it for 6 mouths,but i love to ride.Its hard to take the bottles of oxygen on the Harley.Rolling bomb.so now i have a trac.Now my lungs are better.Still hard to do things,run out of breath.My best wishes..Thanks for helping me put my bike back on the road,after i was hit by a truck.Did 900.00 damage.I got most the parts from J&P and klock werks. Life is to short,So break all the rules,Forgive quickly,Kiss slowly,Love truly,Laugh uncontrollably,Never regret any thing that made you smile,Life my not be the party we hoped for,But while we are here,We should dance….. Whisperz

John,

I’m truly hurt to hear of your experience with P.F.
I do pray for your transplant and look forward to your success and recovery.
May God’s hand be on your sholder to help guide you through this differcult period.

I too have in the past few years had a bout of sudden illness which resulted in removal of a section of my large and small intestine. After a few months of seeing numerous specialists there was never a diagnosis made that could explain what happened. Having faith that god makes these decisions is what saved me from going on medications that may have ruined my life. I am now doing great and I caution everyone ” please allow yourself the time to think things through before you make a decision to go on a medication that you have to be on the rest of your life. Do as John says and live your life as though you may be in your last remaining days.
Frank

John,

Thank you for the insightful and inspirational letter.
You and your family will be in my prayers

John,
I wish to thank you for your years directly and indirectly.
I have directed many customer’s to your website
and just received a box of parts (from J&P of course)for my 77 Shovelhead from my brother Fred.
I can’t thank you enough for all you have done to help others like myself.
Take care Brother, stay as well as you can for as long as you can!
Sincerely,
Mark Bechtel

WE shall pray for you. My Mother also has pulmonary fibrosis and is on o2 It so pains me to see her in distress 24/7 she has beaten the odds over and over with pure will and Gods prayers.If there is anything we can do for you please just ask. Maybe we should put together a Bike run for this disease to bring awareness to the Biker folks in this country. As we both know Bikers are very generous and Love to ride for a good cause. Pease on the Blacktop…Ride Hard.

Your friend Jim T.

Hi John, what you have written are words to live by… as the old sailors say in Newfoundland: “long may your big jib draw” … live well and best of luck.

Sean
Mount Pearl, NL

May God bless you, heal you and keep you.

Sorry to hear about your illness. I hope you are able to find a lung and it works out for you. I have never had the chance to make it up there yet, but is on my list of rides to do.
Yes I’ve seen the Buckett List (movie) and they are right. You don’t always know how important live itself is until you’re faced with a life threatening illness.
I wish you the best and hope you can hang in there for another 5 or 10 years.

John
Just finished reading your letter, you are so right about how important your health is.

I truly believe that you must never give up, you need to get this mind set.

Seen years ago I was given three months to live because of kidney cancer, I am still here because I have made my mind up that I am not ready to leave my family. My brother had the same cancer ( we were sprayed in Vietman with Agent Orange ) he lived three months and I think he just gave up.

Now I now have a bad heart and I refuse to let this get down. (Also from Agent Orange)

Please take to heart what I have learned, never give up……………..You will make a difference.

It sounds like you are keeping your chin up. Your words here have touched a lot of hearts and spurred a whole lot of prayers. Hang in there and expect a miracle. They are a lot less rare than most people realize. We are always riding with your stuff. Now a whole army of us are riding for you until you’re able to get back astride.

i had the joy of meeting you once in daytone where i live i’m sorry to hear of your hard times,but i believe that you will be in thr heart’s of many for years to come for all you have given in your life, my prayers for you and your family, god bless and hope i see you riding with the big guy on clouds.j.m.

John, you are truly a fighter & an inspiration after all that you’ve been through! Am an organ & blood doner(over 8 gallons so far) hopefully things will work out for you! People need to realize that it doesn’t matter who you are, rich, poor or otherwise, illness can strike at anytime anywhere!
Hoping that you will be blessed!

We will keep you and yours in our thoughts and prayers.

With Love, the Sullivan’s of Shelbyville, Indiana

Praying for you . . . miracles still happen Thank you for all you do!

John, my thoughts are with you, but Praying is Begging…

God Bless You and All Your Family. We often don’t stop and smell the roses like we should but everyone needs too and I appreciate you sharing your life with all of us. Hope you get better and live your life the way you want too. We love shopping from your J&P Catalog for our Harley products. With All Our Love, Thoughts, Special Wishes and Prayers, Bill & Susan Gamester.

Dear John, thanks for writing this letter.
I was not aware of your situation, but going through some disabilities of my own, (none as serious as not being able to breath clearly) but serious enough for me.
Your a very lucky individual in that you are surrounded by family and friends, while I am basically alone with no one to care about me. Single and alone, I too am a fighter and an eternal optimist. Life won’t stop me from living my life to the best of my ability.
I have recently decided to not only, be an organ donor, but have also come to the conclusion because I’m poor, to leave my body to science afterward, and although I have not actually taken the steps so far, reading your post and the link will allow me to do so more quickly.
Thanks for posting this letter and sharing your issue with us. In my case it was very much appreciated. Thanks again, Demetrios.

May God be with you through your trying times. I hope you get your transplant and that you will get to live and enjoy life the way you never enjoyed it before. You will be in my prayers. (If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it). Just believe John..

God Bless You,

I enjoy shopping in your store in Daytona Beach. The people there are the greatest and treat people, no matter what level of motorcycle knowledge, in the same professional manner.
My family and I will keep you and your family in prayer!
God’s Peace and Blessings be with as you heal with the Great Physician (Jesus) at your side!

John, I appreciate your letter, so often people forget to share when they really have input to give. I just have 2 things to share.
1. My sister had, I believe, the same disease and she lived almost 20 Years with one quarter of her lung capacity, so I beleive you can make it to 100 years old.
2. Having Jesus in your heart as savior is always our strongest atvantage in these times, thank you for mentioning your faith.
God bless you and the church I pastor has several of us who ride and but from JP we will be praying for you daily.

from november of 2009 to march of 2010 i was hospitalized 4 times. first to have prostate cancer removed; second for a fever of 107 resulting in a heart attack,respiratory failure,kidney failure and a coma i was given only less than a 10% chance of waking up from, all due to a postop e-coli infection; third for a postop abscess which was a mrsa infection, fourth for severe dehydration due to all the high doseages of medication i was given during the last two visits to the hospital. iwoke up on the 6eh day of my coma and i have gotten progressively healthier over the last three months.i have been a biker for 30 years and ilove it ,especially purchasing all the personal goodies for my baby.having told you all this i must also tell you i am an atheist but a strong willed survivor. i am an organ donor. my life has and continues to go through some very dramatic changes,some good,some maybe not so good.i wholeheartedly wish you well and i never fail to shop or visit j&p exhibits at the malor rallies i attend. good luck to you!!

I am a customer. I also have had my brush with disease, other than pulmonary. My father did have trouble breathing and had “black lung” disease, although nobody knew where it came from. He was a barber and died 11 years ago, at 84. So I am aware of what you go through everyday. I am also married for 37 years. I have survived melanoma (skin cancer), burst gallbladder (peritonitis) and Viet Nam, so far. At 63, I do not know what is in for me in the future. I am also an organ donor. Although I am not a religious man, I do say my prayers. Specially for others. I pray for you and do really hope that you can find the best solution to your health very soon. Hang on brother. Tomorrow is just a few hours away!

Our Prayers are with you and may God heal you and use you in these troubled days and a testimony and a witness to His awesome goodness, grace and mercy. I declare you foriven and healed in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. Go forth and enjoy His creation in peace and love and tell them what He has done for you!
In His Awesome Love and Service,
Pastor Larry

I hope that you get well soon.

John, You and your family are in our prayers. Get well soon and thank you and Jill for all you have done for motorcyclists fromt ehpast few decades. I am already a donor and understand the need for donor support. Get well soon!

Bill Gade

John I just wanted to tell you that I will be praying for you .
Gold Bless

Dear John

You are a great man,thank you for taking the time to write a letter.My heart goes out to you and your family.God bless you and my prays go out to you.

Bless you, Feel like I know you guys buying all the raffle tickets and a few parts. All truth in what you say. Thanks for all you do for bike industry. Michael (uncle Mike)

John,

What an amazing person you are! I was really moved by your letter and am forwarding it to family and friends. God works in mysterious ways – you have become one of his “messengers”…. someone who is inspiring us all!
God Bless… and I hope to come see the museum SOON!

Blessings,
Jamie Panziera
Monterey County, California

A truly thought-provoking letter. I hope your recovery continues and a transplant is available soon. I will defiinitely sign up as an organ donor.

Hi john,

I am very sorry to learn that you were diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis. My mother died in 2001 from Pulmonary Fibrosis, we have since learned that 8 family members have died form this. My brother and I are part of an ongoing study at Duke Med center. You may want to contact Duke as they can provide you with a lot of information. You and your family will be in our prayers. I thank you for all you have done to help cycle lovers around the world get the most out of our sport.

God Bless,

Glenn Maile

God Bless brother, fight the good fight. It sounds to me like you know what the good stuff is already. Thanks for your letter, it has helped me make my decision rock solid about organ donation(s).
Semper Fidelis (Latin for always faithful-USMC motto)

Good luck, and best wishes! Here is hoping you get through this easily and with the whole bike world on your side. We all love you and what you and your Family have done for us over the years.
Kelly Henderson

Thank you for the reminder. Wishing you the best.

My father had the same thing as you, he was given 2 years when he was 52. He died at age 82,living a full life until the last year when cancer finally beat him.
He lived by “pace yourself” do things a little at a time,rest and go again. Like the turtle and the rabbit he won the race. So can you! Believe in yourself,your faith, and be stubborn as a mule in working to follow treatments and improve.

Good luck & God Bless

Just a little note to say we will be praying for you and your family.Miracles do happen but I however believe that prayer makes the words louder to GOD…I was so glad to hear that you continue to strive to live.Make those memories that will last for your family to carry on.I pray that God blesses you with a full recovery and you wake one day a cured man.But until then keep praying,keep living,and I hope you can keep riding as well.Thanks for opening my heart today to wake up….. ;o)

J&P Cycles® is the best for cycle parts for my Harley (2003 Super Glide). The customer service & tech help are the best. I look forward to getting the yearly catalog. I hope some day to attend an open house.

John,
I wish you & your family the best. I will pray for your good health.

Thanks!

We will be praying for you John, GOD works in mysterious ways. He will be the one to get you feeling better. Hevels

Thank you for sharing, and for helping ME focus again on the truly important things. I pray for you., your entire family, and your friends. Take care…we still need people like you.
Aloha
Terri

Good luck to you John! Nine years ago my daughter was born with a rare liver disease called biliary atresia. There is no known cause or cure. Only a newborn baby can get it. A stop gap operation has her thriving today, but a transplant is in her future. I appreciate your note and want you and your readers to know that all you have to do to be an organ donor is to tell your family your wishes now, while you can, because they will make the decison for you when you cannot speak for yourself. Tell them all so there is no misunderstanding when the time comes. No other action is necessary and regardless of your will or registration in a database, your family will still make the final decision. Imagine all the lives and money that could be saved if people could get organs when needed without becoming critically ill while waiting. If everyone were a donor, the benfit to our society in lives, saved pain and suffering and tax dollars would be impossible to measure. Thanks for speaking up!

John, Keep fighting and keep the lists growing.
You story hit home and as we all do when trying to give our children a good life we sometimes foget what is truly important in our lives.
Prayers sent from New Jersey!

John,
You are an inspiration to all who come in contact with you, as I do I see you never let things get you down. My heart goes out to you and yours.

P.S
I am listed as a donor

Bill

THANKYOU! Very.very touching and how so true. Live every day as if it were your last and take the time to do those things that were on your list to do but somehow you never got around to doing. I have been trying to do just that since my only sibling passed away in 2003. Wish i had statrted sooner but enjoying each day! All the best to you!

John,
You are an inspiration to all who come in contact with you, as I do I see you never let things get you down. My heart goes out to you and yours.

P.S.
I am listed as a donor

Dear John Parham: i am sorry to hear of your deteriorated health. I too have gone through near fatal circumstances. You are certainly right about changing priorities. In my time of need i was very fortunate to discover something that not only kept me alive, but gave me a happy ,healthy, and new life;as well as renewing my faith in God ,our creator! I desperately urge you to Discover the Life Renewing Gift of “Theta Healing” Research it on line ,or get in direct contact with Vianna Stibal,if you truely believe in God ,you will truely be healed! No gimmicks or tricks, or illusions,simply a healing from God.Please check it out …thank you for taking the time to read this. A Survivor,Kelly S. Harder

John : So sorry to here about your misfortune and you are in our prayers and being thought of. As like you in 2007 I had heart surgery and also had to have a defibulater-pacemker at age 56. This bump in life set me back a little and took away a job I truely enjoyed had to go on permenate disability. I have riden since I was 12 years old and they told me they didn’t know if I could ride again, another bump to deal with. My family’s love is my greatest asset , my second is friends and my third is my strong will. I can’t work or do things like I use to but I have my family,friends,and Ican ride. The first to are Gods blessing and the third is just a little prayer answer so I’m not in a bad mood when my number is up and called before the almighty. keep they faith my friend and make every day count for something. See you at the 31st anniversary celebration be to the last 10 except in 2007. Prayers and thoughts to you and your Family. A friend and customer Mike

John — a very good, and serious, letter. Thanks for reminding us all. And, as we know Christ, our prayers will include requests for your recovery, restoration, and peace.

With very best regards, Tom and Janet

(BMW long-haul rider)

Hello, I’m from San Juan Puerto Rico thanks for send this incredible message I know John you are a fighter and you will be OK and have a lot of years of fun happiness and health. The entire kingdom of God is aligning the universe for you to get better and better every day, God Bless youand your family.

John:
I am the Christian Motorcyclists Association State Prayer Leader for the State of Kansas. One of my prayer warriors emailed me about adding you to my prayer list concerning your health issues. I want you to know that there will be several of us holding you up in our prayers. Whatever God has planned for you here on earth, as a believer, your “Ride of a Lifetime” still awaits you in heaven. I pray that God will touch your body with His healing hand and heal you and if not directly then a lung will become available for you and you will have a successful surgery and fully recover. May God hold you and bless you and your family.

John Parham , what a bad poker hand, Pulmonary Fibrosis and colon issues wow! the Good news is you spend 10 plus weeks recovering . Wishing you all the best while praying for you and your family. Good Luck keep up the fight, Your are truely blessed. Live long Live Strong

RL.DeLaTorre
El Paso,Tx

John I wish you the very best and hope all turns out well it brought to mind that my cousin Jim(JJ) we did his last ride down to your place and the Museum
he told me it was the best time of his life he has a Purple Heart from Vien nam pulled two tours over there as a helo gunner, my daughter who rides also got most on a CD, Jim pasted on the next spring we will miss him—so I am– WISHING YOU THE BEST–Dave J.

John
Sorry to here the bad new of your heath, John we all are in Gods Hands, Pray each day he give us another day to enjoy, Hope all comes thru for you, GOD Bless

John,
I was moved to hear of the events of your last few years. I don’t know you and just thought of you as a wealthy guy who had it made, with a great company.
I went to theological school to become a minister but couldn’t stand church politics. I have been a lone wolf for a long time. God has brought me through many things but in the end, has always been there for me. I don’t consider myself to be religious but a realist. Life is just life, but what we experience here is just the tip of the iceburg.
I like to ride my 93 HD sporty with my wife. It helps me feel free and close to God, especially when you are riding towards the snow capped rockies around here. Thanks by the way for all the great parts. I love to work on my sporty myself and just completed a course on motorcycle maintenance. I am convinced God rides a Harley too.
I am not anxious to leave this place either, but some day it will happen to all of us. I must admit that I am curious how are love of motorcycles will manifest itself in the next stage of our lives.
Unfortunately, the wealth in our country and technology, have hit our values, how we relate to one another and our vision for God. I am sorry that you have had to experience such pain for you and your family in order to bring you to that fuller life. I really have no right to speak to you about such things; I have not gone throught what you have gone through. But isn’t it interesting that technology has brought us together. Brotherhood, the meeting of hearts, wonderful motorcycle parts, a life in Christ, God giving himself to us. God has to ride a Harley. He does when he rides with me and you anyway. There are things a zillion times bigger than what we can know, that’s for sure.
Keep up the good fight. Helmets off to you for all you’ve done and for what you are going to do.
Sincerely, john

Get well John, you’re in my prayers…Gary

dear john

after and while reading your letter,i and my family went thru something much worse when our dad,at age 48 was diagnosed with COPD a lung diesese.my dad carried around a little pocket book type oxygen tank,but was embarrassed to be seen with it.He couldn’t blow out the candels on his birthday cake,or walk to the mailbox without holding on to it and catching his breath to make the walk back down the driveway.Of course if you knew my dad,on the outside he looked as healthy as an ox,and then others would laugh and make fun of him when he would pull into a handicap spot,or even pay a visit to the VA hospital for treatments.My dad bless his soul died at 64 he was such a fighter,a marine,always faithful,even put his life on the operating table as a guinne pig for doctors to do a lung volume reduction operation over 11 years ago today…like you the operation was good they removed a lobe from each lung,and find out that the stitches and staples ripped and had to go back in and remove a second lobe from each lung,My dad also caught the pneumonia and latter died never leaving the hopital.
thank you for sharing your story and your faith in God and to live your life like your dying and to accomplish all those things on the bucket list,and most importantly to pass the baton to your children and grandchildren as to the purpose and hope you have in Christ Jesus..that legacy will live far beyond any motorcycle shop or museum.
if possible please send me an address to mail something to you about being an organ donor.
remember on every coin and dollar it states
IN GOD WE TRUST…he’s got the whole world in his hands.amen have a happy fathers day!
in his amazing Love
every day matters
RJBURNSIE [at] aol [dot] com

Prayers are with you and your family John. We appreciate your openness and honesty to what are in fact life’s most precious treasures.

Sorry to hear of your bad health, wish you a speedy recovery, and enough time to finish as many bucket lists as you can think of.

So sorry to here about your health condition,God has a plan for all of us, but sometimes we cant understand why things turn out the way they do.

Motorcycles are a great way of life,alot of parts over the years have been used on my old shovelhead that have come from J&P cycles….Thank you!

I will check into being an organ donor, but for now I will pray for you to get better and an donor that matches….God bless you!

Don Bowyer

Dear John – Thank you for your honest, heart-felt words. I’m a two-time colon cancer survivor myself and I know what you’re talking about when you say your priorities and outlook have changed.

My wife and I will pray for you – for that lung transplant you so desperately need. God is a God of miracles and a God of second chances! Keep trusting Him.

Something I’ve learned and I would guess you have learned as well…what a blessing it is to \live in the moment\. Enjoy and thank God for every breath. None of us has a guarantee that we’ll live to see tomorrow, so we must live thankfully for the day.

Blessings,
Richard Brown

JOHN WOULD LIKE TO WISH YOU ALL THE BEST NOW AND IN THE FURTURE.STAY STONG AND GOD BLESS. JOHN

We’ll include you in our prayers & hope for the best for you & your family.
You’re truly right is appreciating the simple things in life – love of family & country & the motorcycling world. May you receive a lung transplant & enjoy many more years with your family & friends. I have been a organ donor since I returned from ‘Nam in 1970 where I saw the vast needs for it. Thanks again for promoting the organ donor program & may God bless you & your family.

Morning John! I had no idea you were going through this challenge and as a 9 year prostate cancer survivor and fellow biker, I want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. Isn’t it a shame how we get so busy in our day to day lives and forget the “little things” that are really, when all things are considered, the “important things” in our lives? I wish you the best and I pray that you find a donor…

Al

What you’ve done here is excellent John. I believe you’ll complete 100′s of bucket lists before its time to explore the universe. Peace-n-Love to you and your family sir. Thank-you for publishing this article, it it home and I am proud to be on the same planet as you, breathing the same air.

Sincerely,
Pat

Thank you John for a very brave and meaningful letter. A friend of mine is needing a liver transplant and faces the same availability problems. Hopefully this will encourage more to become donors. We all potentially could need an organ at some point. We here at KC Cycle in Custer SD wish you the best of luck for a long and rewarding journey with your life and family. Sincerely, Kevin Cordill.

Thanks for the inspirational letter. I am an organ doner in Alabama, and should something happen to me today, I hope that someone would benefit from that. I’ll keep you in my prayers and hope that you recieve your transplant and make a full recovery. God bless . Ken Henslee

Dear john,
Thank you for such an insperational letter. My mom has pulminary fibrosis, so I know exactly what you’ve gone through with it and pnumonia. I wish you and yours the best. didn’t now about lung transplant, thank you for that bit, and I hope you get some. anyway, my heart goes out to you and yours, I know it isn’t easy sometimes, but sounds like you have a great support group, and are looking at and focusing on positive. good job. Take care, jason

John,

Are thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I stopped by J&P on the way back from Milwaukee two years ago. Nice place and I left some of my hard earned money with you! The staff was great also. I hope things work out and you are spot on in that we never know from day to day.

Regards,
Cliff Addison

John,
My thoughts are with you. To your point, we many times get so busy chasing our dreams we forget life is a journey, not a destination. We don’t realize we need to take time to enjoy the trip.
Best Wishes
Randy

John, you and your family are in my prayers. Thank so much for such an inspirational letter. You are smack on. God bless you…

Gary B.

John, I was so saddened by your E-mail, that I felt I had to drop you a line. You wouldn’t know me from any of the thousands of people you have inspired in the Biker world but ,you and Jill are and will always be, a true inspiration to to many. God Bless you and your family is my prayer. Thank you for letting your fans know your situation. Ron-N-Elissa Hellard
811 S Main St.
Mocksville, NC 27028

JOHN, I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY. I HAVE NEVER MET YOU PERSONALLY, BUT I HAVE BEEN AQUAINTED WITH YOUR COMPANY AND PURCHASED QUITE A FEW ITEMS FROM YOU FOR MY SOFT TAIL. ALL YOU CAN DO IS BE A FIGHTER AND RELY ON YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND YOUR FAITH IN GOD TO SUSTAIN YOU. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AND LOVED ONES. GOD BLESS YOU AND RIDE FREE MY FRIEND! GOD BLESS—MARK KIEFFER

God Bless you Mr. Parham. Get well.

We wish you and your family all the very best John.
Jack and Joyce.
Ontario.
Canada.

John,

Thank you very much for your courage in sharing this with all of us and your passion for life. I’ve never met you but your words ring loud with passion for life, your family and friends, motorcycles and the simple things in life we all take for granted. “For granted” that is until something causes us to take stock of our lives. I’m so sorry to hear the news of your ailment and how hard this has been for your and your family. Our wishes prayers are with you and our hope that you are able to get the lung transplant and continue to make the great positive impact you obviously have with your family, friends the motorcycling community and with the myriad simple things of life. Please keep us posted on your progress John. We care. All our best, Dan & the girls.

John is absolutely right. I lost my wife of 26 years to lung cancer in 2003 (she also had never smoked). It was only then that I realized that the things I had complained to her about, like parking too near the center of the garage and leaving a bunch of shoes inside the kitchen door or even not cooking dinner when “she just knew” that I would be hungry, are not important at all. I wish I had those years back to show her how much she really meant to me and how much better a husband I could be the second time around. AND, how much I appreciate the little things in life.

Don’t wait until it’s too late to realize what is truly important in life. Your faith, your family, and your health. All other things take a back seat. You can actually put them way back up in the balcony.

Hey John, wish you all the bset I will be praying for you. Thank you for all you have done. Greg Ness

John,
I was truely touched by your sincere letter sharing your personal health challanges. I have always admired your growth and success, as well as your methods of doing business. Your words ring so true, and all us human beings tend to take so much for granted. God bless you and your family, and know we are all praying for you.

Dear J.P., stay strong both for yourself and your family. As difficult as your current condition may be to you it is equally frightening to them. Be comforted by the fact that you are showing your Grandaughter the true measure of your character by continuing to fight.

God Bless You.

John,

You sir are in my prayers. I believe when you make Jesus Christ your personal Lord & Savior you will never die. You will have life and have it more aboundantly! Have a Great LIFE.

God Bless You and your family.

Dear John,

I happen to meet you in one of my trips to USA and I have been a customer of your great firm JP Cycles for a few years now, although I reside in Chile.
I must say on reading your letter I have been deeply moved by your words…
Indeed most of things we do not care for throughout our entire lives, acquire an inmense importance when we realize how short life is in itself.
I encourage you to keep on fighting the way you have done. Do no desmay. I am pretty sure most
of us -your friends in the distance- will be praying for you.
Blessings.

so sorry to hear of your illness yes you are a fighter or you would’nt have got this far . iknow i was diagnosted with ms in 2000 and for 2 years all i rode was a wheelchair but i got an 07 dyna recently
and i ride it like i stole it , it is amazing how priorities
change and you view the world differently ,take time
to smell the roses ,thank god you have a true and loyal wife and familly beside you , they are always
a mans greatest strength and joy, i am sure you will
get to see your grandson grow ,i wish you happiness and joy for all the days god grants you

j.p.thomson
perth . western australia

John,
I will keep you and your family in my prayers as you fight on. I appreciate you writing your letter, it was very moving. I hope to see you out on the road; remember – Rubber side down :)

- David

You are truly an inspiration. I am working on my “bucket list” right now. Sturgis here we come! Love my Harley Sportster (Custom 1200), “Crazy Horse”, and love to ride. HokaHey next.

Keep praying and you are talking to the right Man – God is with you.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

God Bless – Patti Sandow

will pray 4 u ! bikerbill

Thank you so much for the reminder of being cognizant of the the little things. A cup of coffee, a sunrise and a warm breeze…
I have been a donor for years, although no one has taken me up on it – yet.
My dear wife passed away 47 days ago and everything is in a different perspective.
My very best wishes and prayers for your transplant and a speedy recovery.
Hugs on you and your family.

I can only be hopeful that within a short time you can find the lungs you are in need of. If I wasn’t s old already one of mine might help you some. Hopefully I will still use mine for a long time yet but we all will never know whats in the future for us. My best to you and your family in this trying time. God Bless and he is the one to believe in for help.

john, jill, & family,
thank ya’ll for many years of great
service for all of the 2 wheeled community. you have
helped me keep several older scoots going. now i ne
-ed to keep me going till i get thru a few surgeries.
i plan to get back back on my rd glide, it may be 2
years from now. till then, i’ll be playing with the gra
-nd babies. i wish you and yours all the best. some
times the hardest battles bring the greatest rewards. sincerely, aaron cook

So sorry to hear of your illness, I was just recently diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis….I also have emphysema, copd and asthma….so I do what it’s like not to be able to breath!! I am an organ donor…although no one will benefit from the use of my lungs…hopefully I will have something else to leave behind when I go!!!

Thanks for the letter, and we will continue to order parts off of J & P Cycles!!

Thanks again,
Sylvia Maines

Best wishes. You are in my prayers.

Hey John, I am sorry to hear you are not feeling well. You have accomplished some great things in your life, but the most important is Your faith in God and commitment to your family. I have been and will cont. to be a faithful J+P supporter and never miss a chance to tell a friend about the great service I have received over the years !!! THANK YOU BROTHER !!! May God comfort you and yours !!!

Jeff Green.

I am 62 years young…I am fairly healthy….thanks to the grace of GOD and my wonderful wife…Please research how to strengthen your immune system… We have had similar issues in our family….I ask GOD on your behalf to rid your body of these issues…we lift up this lung problem to YOU, GOD…only YOU can take it away…Please GOD hear us…YOU tell us that if two or more pray in your name…YOU will hear us…OH LORD please hear us and take away these issues….

Man will let you down….GOD will never let you down or leave you…John and Jill turn this over to GOD….I won’t bother you with all the miracles GOD has performed in our life…We had a teribble motorcycle accident, but GOD in HIS wonderous power made us healed and we still ride…THANK YOU JESUS….My wife had to have 6 major surgerys….I only got a broken thumb…God used the accident to get our attention….Is HE trying to get your attention….
I know you don’t want our pity…just our love, so here is me and Carolyn’s love to you…ASK FOR GODS LOVE and wait for the miracles to come forth…

John,

Prayers and wishes on a full recovery, have enjoyed being a customer for many years and hope to be one for many more. Hope you have the opportunity to live your dreams and complete all the items on your list.

Ed Wijers

John there’s not much I can say that will mike you feel better but I can and will pray for you. As a 100% disabled vet I can under what you have to over come and what it takes to put your feet on the floor in the morning. I have a very hard time riding any more because my legs can barely hold up the bike anymore. In fact this may be my last summer as a rider. I have spent more time working on modifications to the bike in the last year and a half than sitting on it going down the road. In many ways it has helped retain my sanity, if you can understand that. I have been to your Daytona store too many times to count as well as ordering online. You have helped me create the best bike I have ever owned in my 45+ years on bikes. I have taken this machine as far as I can financially. I’m not sure if I will sell it or not. I’m leaning towards leaving it where I can wash and wax it and save up for a trike kit and try to get this body down the road for a few more years.
I would like to thank you and your wife for making my life more pleasant by stocking most of the things I needed to make a dream come true. Like you I have no complaints, much of whats wrong with me stems from my tours in Viet Nam as a young Marine. I was a volunteer and took a fellow Marines place going to Nam so he could have a few more years with his wife and kids and just maybe avoid the war altogether. I have never regreted that choice nor do I blame this great country for anything that has come from it.
I hope you can find a transplant and live to watch your grandchildren grow into adulthood. I know your history and what you and your wife have done for us riders to have the greatest machines in the world. I can tell you I have enjoyed my machines much more because of your dreams and willingness to make things happen. I know your drive will not allow you to give up, so continue to fight as so many of us will pray the Lord gives you the strength to go forward.
I’ll close now not knowing if you’ll ever read this because of the level of communications you will be recieving. May God watch over you and your family in all that is to happen on this journey.
Yours in Christ
Jerry

God Bless you and your family, Our prayers are with you John. Hope everything works out.

Hi John,
I first want to echo your comment about the importance of health this should be a priority for all of us to maintain in a positive manner. I also want to wish you the best in your personal battle against this illness, keep fighting Brother never give up. I wish you all the best in your fight and congrats on your 30th anniversay this alone speaks volumes, get well soon.

Jim Borsh

John, I wish you you and Jill the best. I went through the same type of situation with my kidnies.
I just wanted to say Thanks for J & P back in 92 when I was stationed in Japan you were one of the only Harley places that would ship parts to us over there, and you kept the Far East Knights rollin. Good Luck and God Speed.
Tom

I appreciate your article and agree wholeheartedly with your comments about the importance of organ donation. What I don’t understand is why the organizations responsible for organ donors do not do more advertisements regarding the need and the relative ease of organ donation. The public has many misconceptions about this process and even more misconceptions as to what happens to a non-organ donating person’s organs after death. I think many people think their organs are just kept in their bodies where they are after death and buried where they were. This is not always the case. If you think about what your organs can do for you after you are dead and then think about how they can help someone live, the choice seems clear to me. I’ve been an organ donor all my adult life. Thanks for spreading the message! And may you remain as healthy as possible. Live long and ride safely.

Words written so well .To see them hit very deep,
It is so funny how things can pass us by when we do not take the time to see. I have started to look
around instead of our mad RUSH.

I really beleive that things will get better.

Stephen Cohen

Good Luck , and Stay Strong John

Thanks for sharing your story. My husband & I (56 & 55 years old) are leaving on a trip to Sturgis, SD in the morning (6-19-10). The message that you send about enjoying life is very important. We live in South Georgia, one way to Sturgis is 1,689 miles. For me, this is a trip of a life time – not a destination but a journey. We ride a 1999 Harley Electra Glide. My office mates can not understand why I would do this. Right now I am as excited as a kid at Christmas. Definitely on the bucket list. I wish you the best on you journey as well. Katie

To John,

Even in the best of times, life is short. Your message is timely and heartfelt John.

My wife and I wish you better health. And to you, Jill and your family we share our prayers.

God Bless,
Mike & Lorrie Bump

I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. I hope that a donor becomes available for you.

I ride a motorcycle and see other riders do some stupid things on the road. I think about it and say “That sure was stupid” and hope that they don’t cause an accident or fatality.

I am a donor and have been for over 25 years. I have a will and it states that I am an organ donor and to help someone else. I know that when something happens to me they can use all of my organs that they need to GIVE LIFE to someone else. I believe in my heart that bikers are good people and they know that their days are numbered, because we ride.

Please be an organ donor. My Uncle had a liver transplant and I was very grateful for the donor and the family.

Thanks.

Hi John,
Sorry to hear about your health misfortunes!

I believe you have the right attitude about life, seeing the things that are important, and taking the time to experience and enjoy them. Your family comes first, then the other things.

Although I have not been able to make a lot of purchases thru JPCycle, you are the first place I turn to when I have the cash. You have an excellent selection and a great staff.

The staff of a company is always a direct reflection of the owners. So, even though I do not personally know you, I feel that I can make some pretty good judgments about you and your wife, thru the people I have done business with at JPCycle.

Good luck to you and may you have many more years to celebrate life with your wife,

ron brown

John,

Thank you for reminding me of what’s important. We sometimes get wrapped up in whats happening at the time and loose sight of our direction. I have been an organ donor for most of my adult life. I can only imagine what your going through as I have never had any sever health issues. Keep the faith that a donar becomes available. My wife and I have been married 34 years and ride as often as we can. One of our trips that we will take is to your facility in IA. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Terry

John, good luck to you, Thank you for the insperational words, I too am on a transplant list for kidney disease. My wife and I ride as much as possible because you never know when you wont be able to ride anymore. We are going to Nebraska from ohio in a couple of weeks and have planned to stop by your shop. Hope to see you there. Thanks again for reminding people of the importance of organ donation.
Steve Edwards

Get well as best you can. I too have a few deadly diseases. Its the fight that counts and the support of friends and family is the best.

Sorry to hear about you terrible health circumstance. I’m approximately your age living in Cambridge Ontario Canada with one grandchild like you and Jill and I know how important and valuable TIME is – Its like a snowstorm here, you don’t know how long its going to last or how intense its going to be. I personally has signed my organ donor card here. It has only been the last 3-4 years I have followed your company and recently ordered some custom stuff for my ride. Hoping to attend Redline Chopper School this coming Year and start a custom chopper projects with parts from your company.
Chin Up John, Enjoy each Day and remember there are lots less fortunate.
Ride a nice Day
Jakiboyz

John, Your comments are so spot on. I am 62 and ride as much as I can. I have good health, but have been registered as a donor for many years. I am an insurance agent and have seen many customers have accidents. It is easy to replace things, not so much people. Health, family, friends and God are the important aspects of life.
I wish you success in a speedy recovery.
Live to Ride.

Dear John,
My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
I hope your recovery goes well and fast. Your donor idea has touched a nerve and I will be be doing this post hast.
I did not see you mention riding in your letter, if this has been affected too, I hope you can get back to riding soon. It’s the best medicine of all

Regards
Tim

After reading your wonderful letter it’s apparent why your co. has been so successful – headed by great people as yourself – wife and family.
You are correct – we all need to stop and smell the roses.
Prayers are ordered & coming your way.
Looking forward to your continued presence at the helm & doing business with your great co.
God bless & the best of wishes !

Hi John I have been a customer of yours for sometime now. My prayers go out to you. With our best the Collette family.

Take care and be strong, John…as you have always been.
Prayers from Singapore – God Bless!

John,
And the Lord said, Ask and you shall receive.

You have asked and you WILL receive.
God Bless, my thought and prayers are with you.

Chris McClelland
Jacksonville, FL

Dear John
Charlie Simpson calling from Waterford City, Ireland. I would like to wish you the best of everything for the furure and to say it is very brave of you to share your story. I agree, life is for living so we shouldn’t waste it. Could I also say , in the short time I have been purchasing items from your company, it has always been a pleasure and first class service. Full credit to both you and your staff. Once again, wishing you well and may the luck of the Irish be with you.
Regards Charlie

Thank you for your support and passion for motorcycling . As a guy who prefers the old Harleys , J&P has always been there for me . You and Jill are in my prayers , I wish you both the best of all things always .Get well soon .

jim

Take care and be strong, John as you have always been.
Prayers from all the way in Singapore…God Bless!

Take care and be strong, John…as you always been.
All the way from Singapore…God Bless!

Honest and heart felt words. Already signed up as a donor but would be moved to do so if I wasn’t. You are correct about bikers and about FAMILY. I would trade 10 years of life for 1 year of healthy living with my loving family. Without family and prayer we do not have a chance and I applaud your willingness to state your beliefs.
I will pray for you a match donor and all those who are in need.

I believe that the economic events of the last 2 years was a big wake up call to all of us also. Yes, it’s important to plan for the future, but you can lose half of it in one very short period of time. Life is very short and we all need to try to find balance – and enjoy the simple things also. My husband and I purchased our Harley for just this reason. We can have short, little “escapes” or longer vacations – inexpensive and more enjoyable where we connect with the country again. God Bless you and keep you and your family.

John,

My prayers to you.

Best wishes and God Bless to you and yours.

Tom

GOD BE WITH YOU AND GET YOU WELL.
JIM

John,

I was at your open house last year. Thanks for the great time and thanks for telling your story. I will put you on our CMA chapter prayer list. I will pray that you will receive a donor lung. I pray you will be able to check off all your items on your buckets lists. God bless and remember it’s all about Jesus.

Charlie Johnson
President-Living Hope CMA #309
120 S Martin (Gas)
Iola, KS 66749
620.365.1774 cell

God bless you, John! Your fight is not done alone. I appreciate all you have done thusfar. Stick to that bucket list.
May your days be long and your spirit fly high.

John,
I had heard in recent weeks of you’re hospitalization,at our AMCA gatherings.

Glad you are back home now with family & are maintaining.

After reading you’re letter,I am aware of the gravity of you’re health issues & being & organ donor for many years,I hope you can find a match!

You have been a valubule source & friend to all of us old bikers for many years & it is hoped for many,many more!

Trust in God,Do the best you can,& NEVER GIVE UP!

Rick Stambaugh,
Lake Erie Chapter,AMCA
#2472

Was very soory to hear what happened to John, he seems like quite a very nice person when l have seen him on TV at auctions or American thunder. It really makes you think about your life and the future.

John,
I hope the all best for you and your family. From someone who thinks you have the best job in the world. I see you as the Hugh Hefner of the motorcycle world.
I’d just like to reiterate on the organ donor subject. My daughter will soon need a kidney transplant and I am the best match so far. But like I tell her, you gotta be strong. This doesn’t have to be a death sentence.
All the best
Take care,
Rob

I am 44 yrs old and have been a organ doner for 20yrs now. 21yrs ago a month before my wedding my bride to be was killed in a auto accident. All her organs were harvested. I later learned her eyes were sucessfully used. This is what she wanted. People do not understand when you look in the casket at a body you can not tell the differance, the differance is what the body leaves behind for others.

John,

Thanks for sharing your story! You will certainly be included in my prayers and on my mind. I wish you all the best and I hope a donor is found for you soon.

I was raised in a very Christian family in a small town here in Alabama but as a young adult I got
away from God and church. Now as a mid-fifty year
old I realize without God we are empty and searching for something we never find. I commend you for coming forward with your story and acknowleding God and the power of prayer.

You are exaclty right we take too many “little” things
for granted and your letter made me take a look at
myself!

May God bless you and heal you!!

Thanks!
Ronnie Cannon
Mobile, AL

I am a nurse, a biker, and a donor (organ, tissue, and bone marrow).
Thank you for your personal note. I have to believe that God will continue to bless you and your family.

Godspeed for a full recovery John. In Jan 2003, I went through triple bypass surgery, at the age of 37. Still here, still riding; and I know what you mean about finding out what is really important.

You can do this, just keep your faith and your family close.

Best wishes.

Tony

Thank you for the message and the best of luck to you. I have signed my drivers licence to be an donor.

Dave

Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Remember some of your faithful customers are atheists.

Hi John
I’m sure every day is a precious gift and the fact that you are thankful for the little things makes you the richest man in the world.

After reading your letter today I thought of you when I was riding my motorcycle. The sun and the wind on my face, the smell of the meadows and the trees as I cruised through beautiful winding valleys made the ride even more meaningful.

Whether you are a hard core biker or just a person with a mild demeanor, it’s a feeling that all bikers share.

We have never met but I wish you peace in your heart, knowing that you have a loving family and friends near and far that will always remember you.

Here’s wishing you and your family well brother.

Take care
Biker Dave
Dave Parry
Brantford Ontario Canada

Thanks for taking the time to write us. Your story makes me want to take better care of myself. The line I will remember most is when you say our health is the most important thing of all. And yes, I am an organ donor. Good Luck John. Rick

Jonh hope that you get well soon, sound like you have lots of work ahead of you. Your wish is granted. Your health will get better soon, I pray to GOD.
Regards.
George

John I wish you well. We have never met but I have purchased Items from your store. I also have a list. One goal I have is to ride to both the East coast and the West coast this year. I leave today 6/18/10 for the East coast trip and 8/13/10 for the west coast. my bike will have several parts and accessories from your great store. I hope you receive your transplant and continue to enjoy life. The small things in life ARE always the best.

Sincerely, Steve Weeks

I totally understand what you say. I had a heart attack 2 yrs. ago and it gave me a completely different outlook on things.
I have learned to take time to enjoy the little things that usuallyslip away without being noticed.
Take care and God bless and keep you.

John

I prayed for you just after reading the letter. I have a young man in our church that at 20 has had 2 heart transplants and have a friend that is dying from a similar lung disease. In your letter you said that some things are important and faith was one of them. I want to encourage you in your faith. I am a pastor and really love bikes. (I rode to work today) My faith in Jesus Christ is what I live for. I have found that it is not the number of years we live that makes up a life. It is how we live for Jesus that matters. Ephesians 2:10 says that we are His workmanship, created in Him for good works that He has already purposed for us to do, if we have faith to walk in the way of his directing. My Harley is a great machine and is great to ride, but it is not a good tractor. My life and yours is best when used as God has designed. I pray that this experience helps you find exactly what He wants for you and how to get there. I will continue to pray, especially as I thumb through the catalogue.

Jackie Carver
Pastor, Palestine Baptist Church
9244 Smith Mountain Lake Parkway
Huddleston, VA 24104

dear john, good luck, thanks for the good parts and great service.

Live life and enjoy it while you can. Praise the Lord.
You and your family will be in my prayers.
God Bless
Jeff Albanese

God Bless you John. I will be praying for your healing, peace and comfort. Your words are so true – it’s the little things in life we take most for granted…until we loose them. Thanks for sharing!

John, Sorry to hear about your trials, happy to see you are still here to celebrate another Father’s Day! Praise the Lord, he’s still got things for you to do on this earth! We will be praying for your continued recovery! David Decker and the Reason One Riders at Oakland Woods Baptist Church, MI. Ride to Live, Live for Christ!

Dear John, (no not a dear john letter, hahaha)
You do not know me from Adam but I am a pastor out in little Spokane, Washington. Your story I read via a friend sending it to me saying I should read this. She was right and I have read your story and find your courage and stamina to be second to none. I thank-you for publicly stating your faith and how important it is, just as much I honor you as a father and committed husband, God Bless.
I will be praying for you over the next months and you will receive your transplant and God will honor your dreams, remember to return the honor in praises to Him and tell everyone where you received your gift of life from, an Awesome GOD! Hurry and heal brother!
Blessings,
Chris Duffy

The day is new and yet I awake to find that world is changed. The distance of the dream forgotten. I see so clearly my tear filled eyes. But today is the new day and my world has changed, to live, laugh, cry…Most importantly to love. Not just family or myself but every little thing. A smell, The way the wind sways and dances through the trees….so much has been missed. But today is a new day and I will let nothing pass me by.

Jeremy Bobo

John: My thoughts & prayers are with you,my wife recently passed on from a rare form of cancer and I miss her more every day. When not riding, I teach health effects for asbestos removal, so I know what you are going through. God Bless.
Paul Reid

i have been a j&P customer for the past six years having been diagnosed with hyp-c i to like yourself learnd that life is short for some & shorter for those of us with a life threating medical issue what i found is not how i may die but how i choose to live [bucket list are fine] day by day hour by hour min by min i wish you well & thanks for being a part of my journey you & your passion for motorcycles has become a real part of mine thanks for what you do

John,so sorry to here that you are ill.You are quite right about family being the most important thing in life.My Father died at the age of 51 from brain cancer,and I greatly miss him even today.I wish you nothing but the best,and will say a prayer for your return to health.Take care.
Steve Dennis

Hi there, I am sorry for you and your situation but I am extremely glad that you have the guts to fight for your life!
Being an ex cancer patient myself helped me realise (fortunately) at a much younger age, the value of my health.
It has also given me the posibility to start and run a 100% charity event in my local town that has helped hundreds of others with cancer.
I am also extremely glad that you are not alone in your fight and I wish you and your family the best of luck.
Best regards,
Mark – Bergen, Norway
P.S. A visit to the beautiful West coast of Norway should be on your bucket list.

You will be in my prayers. May God bless you.
Jim

Well said, i met you for the first time at the 2010 bike week and you are truley a genuine person. i thought it was amazing that you took the time to talk to me when i had a problem with a sales rep in your store. ( which was resolved) i am sorry to hear about your illness, thats a tough one. i work for the fire dept in south ft myers and have met many with the same illness. you will be in my thoughts and prayers, and yes i am an organ doner. the gift of life is the greatest gift of all, god bless.

I have had the pleasure of being in your stores and purchasing excessories for my Honda Vtx. All of the extra,s on my ride have com from J&P, Thanks. MY thoughts and prayers are with you and your family praying for your recovery. Thank you for all you have done for riders.

John;
It touched me that you stepped forward to share a number of valuable lessons with the large audiance that you have through JP Cycles. I could not agree with anyone more. What was most comforting to hear was that you have chose to include God in your life who will help you and your family through these difficult time for you. I will be glad to keep both you and your family in my prayers.

Dear Mr. Parham:

I would like to thank you for your business, and your charisma over the years, Your appearances and knowledge of motorcyles on tv have really helped me out. I wish you and Jill the best of luck and health. May the heavens grant you serenity, and peace, and also to your family. May you live long and enjoy what you have sown. God Bless!!

Gene Rodriguez, LaPlace, LA

Thanks for the inspirational letter John. I’m sure that you are probably well set financially, so it really brings the message home when you say that what you missed most was sitting on your porch, smelling the grass and listenng to the birds sing. It doesn’t matter how many material things you collect in life if you are not in good health. I’m hoping and praying for a speedy recovery for you John. Best wishes and good luck.

Take care,
Eric Sundt
Anchorage, Alaska

Eric Sundt

This is a great letter and I hope that all people who read it will register to be a donor. We (my wife and I) have been signed up for many years. It’s a great thing to be able to help others when your gone.
I hope you are in line for a needed transplant.
Pay it forward. It’s the best thing we as Americans can do to help out other Americans.
Keep he rubber side down and the smiles up.

regards,

DRB

John,
Right on! You are saying what I have always felt as a healthcare provider (NP). Illness can become the all consuming issue in one’s life when it occurs. Unfortunately, all too often, my patients forget the goodness they still have. Family is number one, understanding is second, and commitment to themselves is the third.

The family can help support the patient to develop the last two items. Especially when the illness is not curable or critical. Having a loved one by your side is sometimes the best medicine in knowing that you are not alone.

Understanding the disease can help you cope and learn how of overcome the effects. At least to live within the constraints of the disease. There is no shame in being ill. It is what it is. If it is something you did to yourself, or something that occurred as a part of fate, it is here now and must be dealt with realistically. Understanding gives you the ammunition to fight for yourself. Understanding your own priorities is important as well. Is it important to live on at any cost or is it important to have quality to life? This is an individual choice and I will support the choice made by the patient.

Commitment is what develops as a result of the above two items. Being committed to oneself is what provides the drive to pursue their wishes. Once again, shame or guilt should not be a part of one’s commitment. With commitment you have a full tank of gas to travel the road of your choice.

I give my patients this information and allow them to choose. Any compassionate and feeling provider and person would respect these three things. Death is not a symbol of loss, it is just a part of nature.

I appreciate your attitude and drive. I am an organ donor because in my death, perhaps another can continue to live. After all, I won’t need the organ anymore.

Best wishes to you and the family. Your business is excellent and I enjoy your service and products. Carry on brother!

Ken Lyman
Milwaukee, WI

Sorry to hear of your health issues. Praying for your recovery and your family too. Being an organ donor should be done by everyone, you can save a life. God Bless.

May the force be with you

Hello John, wishing you all the best and pray that things work out for you and yours.
I have been you the donor list for years and hope that all will consider that life saving option. Thanks for a great letter. I was at your store in Daytona and the folks there were very friendly, professional and very helpful.
You take care pal and Semper Fi from an old Jarhead.
Tony Jenzer

John, I wish you all the best , I just lost my wife at the young age of 45. I know life is something we all take for granted until it taken away, Just know my heart goes out to you and your family. Kelly

God bless you John. Take the very best care of yourself. I’m not going to tell you that you can beat this, ’cause I don’t know. I do know God has plans for all of us. Yours so far has been to help so many of us enjoy life through riding MC. For that I thank you from the deepest part of my heart.
Take care of yourself, enjoy everyday, take nothing for grated, God will provide.

Thank you for shareing our God with us. It is wonderfull to know you are covered with his love.
We’re Christian bikers also, Married 30+ years, rideing,loving all God’s children.
I’ve been busted up, couple of times pretty bad, lost some good scooters under me, but God brought me through. Don’t know why yet, but he’ll show me when he gets ready.
Wife had cancer- he brought her through.
He WILL bring you through according to his will.
Keep rideing- keep Praying-keep on understanding his will for your life. Ed & Debbie Evans

John,
I have been a loyal customer to JP Cycles for many years. I am very sad to hear of your condition and will pray that GOD will be with you and your family in these difficult times. Keep fightin brother!

Bill Manlove

Good Luck John
I am praying for your recovery. You and Jill have done so much for Anamosa. I live one block away from te new museum and I am looking forward to seeing it when it opens. I also ride a motorcycle and have bought alot of parts from you. Again good luck and stay strong.
Steve Paulson

i hope you get to fill more bucket lists, sorry to here of your illnesses, sometimes life does not make sense, how people get diseases that are not related to their lifestyle, but you have to hang in, I was never good at this sort of thing, i hope i have not said anything to offend you, take care, john.

John, Good luck to you in the future with your recovery. My family will keep you and yours in our prayers. Pat

John, your story has touched my heart. MY family and I will be thinking of you through your journey.Stay strong,and positve

My wife and I send our thoughts and prayers out to you for a speedy recovery. God performs miracles every day!~ Hang in there…

My prayers will be going out to you and your lovely family, and my Hope is in Christ.
I know the LORD will make a way for you and all your dreams…Remain faithful my friend.
God Bless You
Woodie
Calif.

John
Thank you for the reminder of what is important. I will keep you in my prayers. After this note I am signing up to be a donor.
Good Luck
Andy
Brother in the wind

John, having worked for you in the past, we have so much respect for you and know you will beat this obstacle. Enjoy Kaiden and the rest of your family; life is a treasure to be savored every minute. You are in our prayers. Bill and Jane

You and your family are in my wife and my prayers. I had prostate cancer surgery last year. the only support I had was my wife and daughters.

God bless you and yours,
Mike

John,

My prayers are with you and I truly know what you are dealling with. My father passed away from the same terrible desease he was not eligible for a transplant as he was considered too old. I wanted to donate one of my lungs but he wouldn’t consider it.

I am a registered donor and carry a card in my wallet. Don’t give up hope and it sounds like you are doing all the right things. Near the end I took my dad golfing (he lived to golf) it was painful to watch him as we road around my Country Club; one of his favourite courses. Dad would get out of the card take his oxygen off and hit the ball and bearly make it back to the cart to get the oxygen back on. After nine holes I told him my back was too painful to continue – truth was I couldn’t bear to watch him suffer so much. Dad passed in peace shortly after that day and I am so glad I helped him have his last game.

My point in telling you all this is to let you know how much it means to your family and friends that they can do things with you and be near you. From them you can draw strenght and do so much good for them.

My prayers will be with you in the hopes that you find that lung and can enjoy many more years of helping riders all over the world get the best products.

God Bless,

Mike

Dear John
God bless you man. Every word that you spoke is true. We will pray for you continued recovery.
Take Care
Nik

John,

A truly heart felt letter to your friends and customers. Please, every one out there – sign up as an organ donor. I did 32 years ago.

John, our thoughts are with you and your family.
- You will ride on.

Ron Christenson
Sandy Doll

Dear John
I am very sorry to hear what has happened to you
everything you said is correct life is short and sometimes we do forget what is most important to us. I am 39 going on 40 and I watched the movie the bucket list and I started doing some items on my list. I recently purchased a neglected 1957 xl that has been in pieces since 1978 and I just wanted to tell you your catalog was recommended to me by everyone I talked to. I have not started to restore the bile yet but when I do it will cross off three lines on my bucket list.
Thank you for reminding me to stop and look around to enjoy what I have around me.
Sincerely,
Alexander Chung

John-

Nearly 10 years ago my wife suffered 2 nearly fatal strokes at the tender age of 46. She appeared to be very healthy, was extremely athletic, and was a dynamic mother to our kids. Today- her medications keep her “safe”, she is unable to hold a conversation (due to the apraxia and aphasia that continue to plague her) and she is paralyzed on her right. Yes- priorities DO change. Dona treats each day as a gift from God, revels in the friendship of her many devotees, and is a positive role model for all that she comes in contact with. Our grandchildren have been blessed with a strong and positive example typified by dedication, compromise and hard work.

John- be strong! Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Keep up the fight. May God bless you.

My best wishes to you. Nice write-up and well put. Just by reading it, I can tell it is truly one that comes from the heart and not just another story. May your wishes come true and your days be many. As I like to remember something Red Skelton always said at the end of every show…..”May God bless”

I hope that You and Jill have all your prayers come true. Thank you for such a great business you have. God bless you.

John, I will hold you up in my prayers, both for your comfort and a transplant. Thank you for promoting organ donation, I’ve been on the donor list for many years.

May God bless you and keep you in comfort.

May God bless you and your family. Keep up the good fight.

sorry to hear this. our prayers are with you. thank you for doing what you have done over the years. my bike is a 1980 super glide and parts for it are hard to find. love yall, lanny

I had a bad accident on my bike in 2005. Most of my friends and coworkers thought I would not be able to walk again let alone return to work.After 5 weeks in intensive care with 8 sugeries I spent 2 weeks inpatient rehab and 3 months outpatient rehab before returning to work. As soon as my settlement came in I bought a new bike! BUT! Most impotantly I signed for the organ donor program with my local DMV.
New York has made it so that if you DON’T want to donate you ust contact the DMV. Otherwise your body parts will be used to help others.
I think all of us should look at the world around us and see that this small sacrifice is greater than donating to your local charity (which may or may not use the funds to help people!).
I am glad that you are in good spirits as I am and hope more riders “Do The Right Thing!”. G-MAN

John and Jill, I too was diagnosed with a chronic lung disease in 2005, called BOOP. One flight of steps was a chore. Two long years later it is under control, today I am back to a normal lifestyle. I too contemplated what matttered most in life and set some goals. Family, friends and prayer is what I was surrounded by as well. In 2008 I bought a Vulcan 1600 Classic and began riding again. That is of course how I found out about J&P Cycles.
My Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family. I would absoutley Love to visit You, and your family at your Open House!
Regards,
Russ Pleva
Schuylkill Haven Pa

Your letter caught my attention and touched my heart. My Father has pulmonary fibrosis so I understand where your coming from. I’ve never met you but I hope you know the lord. If not give him a chance…..you’ll be glad you did! He loves you!

Alan

It is a pleasure doing business with you and I wish you the best of luck recovering. God is great, seek and you will receive. In his name I pray for your complete recovery.
William

Why crap always to good folks I’ll never know. My wife and I had the pleasure to visit with you behind the Ormond facility a couple of years ago and were impressed with your courtesy and willingness to spend a few moments with a customer just to chat. Best to you and your family, things WILL work out.

John
Your letter has touched me and made me realize how important organ donations are. I will be talking with my family today and in the days to come about my wish to be an organ donor should anything happen to me. It can be my “Fathers Day” wish to all. I hope you have all your dreams and wishes come true. We have never met but I have seen your generosity through the events you attend, host and media exposure. Good luck with your motorcycle museum and I plan to visit one day soon.
God bless
Ken

G’day John,. I had heard that you were a little ill but not to that extent. From sunny Australia I know that all my mates here and across the globe wish you ( and your family) our heart well best wishes for your future. And thank you for being brave enough to broadcast your situation and know that we care.
Here we have an Organ donation system that starts at new drivers age (18 years). so the nominations are done early. All the best, Mick N.

John- What a nice message to send on behalf of what you are experiencing. Having grown up in Webster City, Iowa and then living in large cities ever since leaving, I still make it back from Chicago and always travel route 64 through Anamosa. On one of those times back, 3 1/2 years ago, I collided with a herd of deer on my Gold Wing and totaled the bike and just about me as well. Since then, I am not able to do many of the things I took for granted that I would have expected to do well into my 70s. (I’m now 58). So I can very much relate to your message and priorities you suggest. I’ve been an organ donar for anything they can salvage for over 20 years now. I’m glad you used your forum to good use and I wish you the very best on a potential transplant and recovery. God bless.

I will pray for you John, and I became a donor in March. it was very simple when I renewed my driver license. I always wanted to do it.
You know we ride because we love to and if something ever happened. it would be a pleasure
to know that my organs could save someones life.
Now that would be the ride of a lifetime.
God bless you,
Mitch partridge

John-
We have never met, but I have seen you at the annual Las Vegas auction and have been inspired to give back by your charity to motorcycle related causes such as “Riders For Health”. As an avid collector/custodian of vintage motorcycles, we share a passion. Having spent my career bulding a business, just celebrating 33 years with my wife and still waiting anxiously for that first grandchild, we are contemporaries whose lives have parallels. Your letter is a sober reminder to truly appreciate, no revel in, the things that matter most in life. Thank you for sharing your feelings, you are again an inspiration for me. And, may God bless you with the transplant you so desperately need.
With prayers and best thoughts.

I lost my wife 5 years ago to IPF/UIP she was 48. we had 24 years together and two girls, you are in my prayers. god bless you.

Dear John. I just read your email and it broke my heart. and I know you did not write it to make people sad, but to make them think, and I have been doing a lot of that latley. I have lost a lot of friends and family in the past few months,so I know just what you are talking about. I have also been thinking about organ donation and now after reading this I will sign up this week. Life is truly too short. GOD BLESS YOU and I hope you pull thru soon soI can get a chance to meet you.
respectfully yours Daniel Shuchman coventry R.I.

Good luck!!! John Parhan

You have just been added to my prayer list. My father was a donor and it has been on my mind for several years. Yesterday I was going to renew my drivers license only to see they were closed by the time I got there. So today I will go again only after reading your letter, I will be signing up to be a donor at about 4:00PM today at our DMV.
Keith Dibb

Dear John,
You are facing a very serious situation with courage and candor. often, we realize what truly is important in life too late and never fully appreciate the gifts we have. I pray that your condition will improve, for God to provide you strength and to continue to provide strength and courage for your family. I wish you the very best.

John,
I feel your pain. After spending 24 years in the U.S. Army, from Viet Nam to Desert Storm. I was a bull of a man. I started out as Air Cavalry (i.e., We Were Soldiers), and ended up as Armored Cavalry on M1A2 Abrams tanks. I taught repelling at the Far East School on Che-Ju-Do (Island). I belonged to the sky-diving club at every military base I served at. Twice a Drill Sergeant, Jump Master, Command Sergeant Major, Marathon Bicyclist, Mountain Climber, Desert Survival Trainer, Escape and Evasion Instructor, Hand-to-Hand combat instructor, etc., etc., etc. After retiring upon the Desert Storm “Victory,” I drove over-the road tractor-trailer for 15 years. I started riding motorcycles in 1966 (First bike was a 1962 Honda CB150). Through Hondas, Yamahas, and Harleys I still ride today an average of 3,000 miles a month. The main difference between you and me is that for 46 years I smoked, and smoked heavily. After 2 heart surgeries, I still smoked, until……On May 5th, 2010, My breathing was so labored, I had to make a decision to breathe or smoke. I could not walk 10 yards without getting out of breath. The “Trek” to my 3rd floor walk-up apartment became an almost insurmountable challenge. On May 13th, 2010, at 8 a.m., the “Elephant” sat on my chest. After going to one E.R., and then an ambulance ride to another and having my (hopefully) last heart surgery, I an now 47 days cigarette and alcohol free. Although the temptation for that cigarette and whiskey gnaw at me every day, I can remember the days before my hospital stay and I don’t want to go back there. I am able to breathe and walk, and climb the stairs to my apartment effortlessly. Although my health problems have been primarily self-inflicted, where yours have not, hopefully the results will be the same. I am hoping for your recovery. You are the example many in the business world should strive to emulate. It is appreciated how you give back to our motorcycling community. We thank you for that and please believe you are blessed. I have been a regular customer of yours since “discovering” you in 2007. I will continue to support you and your business.

R.V. Maull

WOW !!!! Keep fight’en. Great message.

Dear John, I read your letter and it brought a tear to ,my ear, of course your 110% correct…let me wish you all the best and may you have a long and healthy future with your wife, family and friends

Kind regards and G’day, from Uncle Bill Australia

I pray for great health and well being for you. They say bad luck comes in threes, You have had yours and your journey can only be uphill from here.
Your letter is an inspiration to many. And although I work with a very limited budget, I still enjoy fingering through your catalog, because dreaming is always free. Your hard work and dedication has made it possible.
Thanks for everything.

I’ve been a loyal J&P customer for only a couple of years and had no idea John was so ill. I sincerely wish him the best and hope for a speedy recovery.

Godspeed on your recovery sir. Thank you for sharing your struggle.
I wish you and your family the best of luck. May you stay healthy long enough to see your grandchild get her master degree…

g

Thanks for the inspiration John. I like you know that the family and friends come first. Take the time to enjoy both. We are always quick to attend a funeral to save face, why not visit before they go? Thanks.

Praise the Lord. He is in control. Thank you for the uplifting letter.

Just wanted to let you know, you’re looking great in the photo and it sounds like you have “one hell of
a positive outlook on life” ……..that’s great…..

Hopin you find a lung for a transplant and get back
riding and enjoying life!!!

Keep on smilin !!!!!!

John, I also have limited lung capacities, I suffer from COPD and also am on Oxygen and I ride my bike as often as I can. Being a cancer survivor of 6 years I have learned to grab life by the horns and hold on and enjoy the ride. Good Luck and God be with you. Lawrence G.

Keep it up! Thanks for your letter. All of us need reminders from time to time, as to how lucky we are and how that can change in an instant. Enjoy that Granddaughter!

I am very touched with your words. In despite to live in a far country, Brazil, we share the same dreams and enthusiasm of bike life style. Last week I was looking for your plant at google earth and find a nice small town, beautiful countryside, and imagine how lucky your people can be to work in such a wonderful place. So, I wahed the movie you mentioned and is a lesson of life indeed.
So, your corage to face this situation and share with us only demonstrate how good person you are. Believe, you are and never will be alone. The iniciative to promote a campaign of organ donation will be spread and give results, including for yourself. God bless you and your family. I am just another biker, but consider me as a distant friend. Never give up is an american lesson that I learn in my life. Go ahead John!!

John,

God bless you and your family.

Greg… Fellow rider & Believer

John, I have lived with lung cancer from September 2009, I have 50% lung capacity. These things will make you think. Your life will change. So called friends will dissapear. But your motorcycle friends will be right by your side, just as if you were blood related. For this I am proud to call myself a biker. I am a full organ donor. I start a second round of treatment next week, an look forward to being back on the road. thanks for your comments

Hope you continue to improve by Gods grace and that sometime soon the transplant can take place.

Good Luck!

Hang tuff John! That’s another thing “we bikers” do ! Always rember this, you didnt build a business on parts, you built it on relationships/friendships. Relationships made, come from a real respect for” buyer and seller”…a mutual respect for what ‘the other guy is doing;.THAT’S WHY WE BUY FROM YOU ! Be strong and feel the the love and prayers that will soon follow from friends, both near and far. We got your back…ALWAYS! You need anything, get ahold of me…That’s also what brothers do! Stay strong and keep the rubber side down!! BFMC UP!!!

John, I just finished reading your letter. First, let me wish you a speedy recovery and a long and healthy life to follow. I have a pretty good idea of how you feel, as I have COPD myself. It can be very discouraging to not be able to do the simple things for yourself. I would like to take this opporunity to thank you, Jill, and your staff for the service that you all provide. I am very grateful for J & P Cycles, and all that they stand for. My experience with your customer service rep. Sherry Fillinger has been outstanding, and I look forward to many more years of doing business with ya’ll. Now that the formalities are out of the way, let me just say, stand tall brother, and fight!!! God has given you the opporunity to help so many people in the past, and I know that he will be with you through this venture. I will keep you and yours in my prayers, and hopefully one day we can meet and ride together. Keep your head high, and your eyes towards the heavens brother, God will see that all things work out the way they are supposed to.

That’s a very moving story, John. My wife and I will definitely pray for a donor for you, as well as your continued health.
I haven’t been riding very long (just got my first bike last August – after having my license for 15 years, where have I been????) In the short time I’ve had my bike, I’ve enjoyed it IMMENSELY. We’ve got a bike for my wife, she’s just got to learn to ride.
I’ve ordered from your company several times, and have been very impressed by your service. We’ll continue to do business with such a great company. Congrats on putting together such a great business! Maybe someday we’ll be able to make one of your open house events, even though it’ll be pretty tricky for us as we live in the Boston area….
Love and prayers:
Brian and Jerilyn Clark

Mr. Parham,

I could not agree with your article more. Congratulations to you and Jill for over 35 years.

I will implement your advice as best as I can. I will pray for you, your family and your doctors ability.

Best regards,
Scott
Riding a 2000 Sportster XLC1200 in Pateley Bridge, England

Sometimes it takes a little shove from God to remind us that no matter how bad things may seem, we still are blessed.
I too, experienced a life altering illness – a brain tumor. My outcome has been successful so far.
Although we are complete strangers, I found your open letter a reminder of how fortunate I am.
I will pray for you, as many did for me.
God bless,
Pam Gross
I have also filled out my organ donor card.

John, best wishes for the future. More than anything, never give up hope. I’ll include you in my prayers. Take care… Bill Hunt

God Bless and keep you strong, I know there is more to this life than what we are living here, and life does not end just because the body dies… Lot’s of things you probably hear all the time and if you don’t feel the same way they probably are just that, Things you hear. I have this feeling or belief in my heart and it is completely unshakable, No matter the problem there is always the other side, the salution if you will? Thank you for J&P! Carey

Hi John, Thank You for starting JP Cycles, I have bought a;lot of things from You over the years and been very pleased with your service. I wish You and your family the best of luck and pray for your recovery.
Ray Stephenson
weaver Tucson

John, I want to thank you for all the years you have put into J&P. You have a great business acumen, and your people are friendly, and knowledgeable. My wish for you, and for your wife is to be able to have a recovery, or at least, an abatement of your symptoms. God bless!

Hi, my family and i, want to tell, that
You are in our thoughts and in our prayers.
Keep fightin’ for the best!

Best luck

Francois Durivage and family
Terrasse-Vaudreuil, Quebec, Canada

This is the first I’ve heard of your situation. You are in my prayers for a swift recovery. I was away from bikes for almost as long as you have been involved with them and wish I hadn’t stayed away so long. But.\, I’m back and that is what counts. If you are ever in the Fayetteville, NC area please feel free to drop by our church ( web above ). It would be our pleasure to spend Sunday service with you. I have recently gone thru some health issues and surgery myself and I know God was guiding everything. I know he is looking out for you as well. God bless and get well.

Murf

Mr. Parham..

I feel for you sir….and i ride an 84 shovelhead…which as you know parts dont come readily available just anywhere….however,…when i was introduced to your website and catalog….i was amazed at how many items were so readily available for my bike….i really appreciate your buisiness and will always buy my parts from you…..i hope you get your transplant and regain your strenght and be there for you and yours…..I will and will always be a faithful customer….

thankyou sir
Rusty Cowart
Cleveland,texas
“TWISTED”

Good Morning John.
Thanks for sharing your story with us. Using your affliction to promote the organ doner program further proves to me what a good person you are. It is my belief that the Lord provides what is needed for good people so I’m sure you will be blessed.
As I am writing this I myself am on the eve of a surgery to repair a damaged left elbow. While not a life threatening problem like yours it is one that could prevent me from partaking in my favorite past time, riding. With this I realize what you say about appreciating the little things in life. All to often the fast pace of living makes us forget the things that really count.
May God Bless You, and keep living the American Dream.
I’ll mention you in my prayers.
David,
Biker and Registered Organ Doner

Often times, in the course of business, we forget there are real people behind the scenes. People with lives, concerns, and desires.
The bucket list is a great motivator and adds a zest for life.
Best wishes John and thanks for the years of service in the motorcycle industry.

Tim

John and Jill,
I hope and pray that things pick up for you. Crap happens, but family, friends and faith in God help us through it. I really appreciated your thoughts on the things that count. Tania and me have grandchildren; 3 boys, 2, 4 and 6. Hope you get your new lungs, and when you do put a road trip through Australia on your next bucket list, it’s a great place to ride.
Cheers,
Doug and Tania

Good Luck John, and thank you for all of your faith in us bikers!

Bruce

John, we will continue to Pray for You and Jill and the Family.
God Speed to good Health.

Sincerely,
Bill
PS donor for many years

John, i am shocked and upset to hear of your illness. I pray for your recovery. I hope for only the best for you and Jill.

John, you are in my prayers. And yes, I am an organ donor.

John,
My wife Kathleen and I wish you well, and will add you to our prayers as well as our prayer list at church. We have been customers of J&P since we bought our bikes in 2003, and have been very pleased with your company. What you started back in the day has evolved into a wonderful company. May God’s Blessings Shine Upon You and Your Family.

Johnny D & Kathleen

John,

We would just like say, you and your family are in our prayers. Your faith will get you all through this! Keep us up to date on your progress…

Sam & Lori Dove

i had no idea that john was sick and enjoyed his company at the meets amca looking at toys like big kids . knowing we were both searching for the coolest stuff of our hobby get well john soon see ya in davenport or wauseon . walt an kathy

May God grant him victory and be gracious and put in its way a donor you need.

I will be praying for you! Hang in there and keep strong in the Lord!

Hi John
God Bless you, not for being the President of J&P Cycles,
But for reminding me of something more important, OF DONATING MY ORGANS!!!!
God Bless you once again,
Ayres deSouza
Goa, India

John,

First and most importantly, thank you for having the courage to face your illness with grace and a positive outlook. God is using you to touch others in a way that will inspire some to perhaps adjust their lives in a more positive direction.

Two members of my family, Mom and a sister, suffered long term illnesses and have passed on as a result of their problems. At first I wondered why; then when I looked at my life and what I had been given with Mom and sister, I knew there were a life time of memories I would have of them – what a gift that no one can take away. When I get troubled I think of the great things I have been given, even my own surgeries and think about the greater things to come. With these thoughts, we move on and be thankful for what we have.

Guess I got a little wordy here, sorry about that. Please know thoughts and prayers are with you from Elyria, Ohio. And I am already signed up as an organ donor, hopefully your message will encourage others as you have requested.

God Bless,

Mike

Hi John: I too was diagnosed with COPD about 4 months ago, and different from you I smoked for 40 yers. I am now 68 and paying for all that fun I had smoking (pun). Like you, I also still work, as a Project Manager for a large construction company. I love riding motorcycles, in fact it’s a passion of mine. Been riding since I was 12 years old. I have been purchasing accessories from you on line store for several years and always receive my orders in excellent and timely condition. Enough about me, take care of yourself and good luck with your PD. I’m still living a fairly normal life and hope to last another 20 years at least, but man it sure is hard to breathe sometimes. Take care and best of luck, Lee Greenwood (not the singer, LOL).

Glad to hear you are on the road to recovery John. I pray you have many years ahead of you. God bless.

God bless you unknown friend. I will add your name and family to praying list. Your rigth we must learn to enjoy every moment. Stay positive And believe, there is a purpose for it.

Great blessings to you

John & Jill, Thanks for sharing your struggle and personal challanges you and your family have faced over the last several years. My heart felt prayers will go out to you and your family. You know, Sometime it’s hard to stop and look at life as a child. The simple things, And to also put down on paper what you would like to say to the person that might be reading it. To maybe send a message and to get a point across. But you did that! You made me stop and for a brief moment, on this friday morning, rushing around getting ready for work, sipping down coffee as I get ready and thinking about the day and where to begin. I thank you for your words as it made me stop,slow down, and think about what is important in life. I did go to work thinking of these things. I am not getting any younger so your right. I have a new plan today. May God Bless You and your Family!

Mike B

There comes a point in time when something significant happens that it rips at your soul. You find yourself standing on the threshold of destiny. With your heels pressing against your yesterdays, your soles firmly planted on your today, and your toes reaching out with a certain level of uncertainty and apprehension for all your tomorrows. You see, you stand in a coupled point of time – a time of what was, a time of what is, and a time of what is yet to be.

We can not change what was, and we can only deal with what is, and what is yet to be is a glorious ride in life. Where the sun shines brighter, the air smells fuller, and the love around you will nourish like never before.

Best of Luck John

John,
Thanks for the letter.I find it pretty cool how you have kept your faith thru tough times.I need to reevaluate my thinking.I have a 30 year old son who has been in and out of a herion addition and I have allowed it to wear down my faith.It is brutal watching your child destroy himself and his children.I practice thinking the way you suggest with success one moment and utter failure at other moments.So it is encouraging to read your letter and hearing you have not lost faith.Thanks for taking the time to express your feelings and thoughts.I will keep you and yours in my thoughts and prayers

Hi John,

Lately with the economy and other pressures, life has been tough but, not nearly as tough as you have had it. Thanks for writing this to us all. It has once again reminded me why my life is blessed.
I have my health, a job and friends and family. Never give up and keep smiling and you will win whatever happens.

Respectfully,
Kris

John,
Sorry to hear from your illness but glad to see you’re a warrior.
My prayers go with you, for a prompt recovery.
All the best from Brazil.
Wilson

As someone who rides (Harleys’) and working as a Respiratory Therapist at a trauma center in Wildomar, Calif., I work with patients with lung disease on a daily basis. As the regional trauma center for southern Riverside County (Ca.), I also see too frequently the damage a motorcycle wreck can inflict on the human body. I have helped many through these tough times, from working on them while on life support to the recovery process in other areas of the hospital. Far too often, I see brain damaged riders who make prime candidates for organ transplant (and California has helmet laws). However, because they have not let their loved ones know of their wishes, too many die without being able to help anyone. Imagine your loved one being in a terrible wreck. Then being told they are brain dead, oh and by the way, will you donate their organs. It’s a tough decision even if pre planned. Everyone should have, in writing, their wishes for organ donation, should the need arise. Don’t leave it up to the family. Often times, in-fighting between family members delay precious time. If the patient has not designated in writing a member of the family the power of attorney to make these decisions, time is wasted and many organs (lungs especially) deteriorate to the point they are not suitable for transplant. It is so important to decide if you want to give the gift of life in the event your are critically injured and will not survive. Put this in writing, with a power of attorney and through the local organ donation group.
I whole heartily agree with you and wish you the best. If you need any support, please feel free to contact me at the above email address.
Dru Rigney, RT

John,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Having been through some tough medical times myself I fully understand how much it means to have your family and friends at your side. I would not have made it without them (especially my wife). I hope and pray that you find a donor and make a speedy recovery. Thank you for all you have given to the biker community over the years. May God bless you and your family in this time of need.

Respecfully BD HAWG

Mr. Parham,
We will keep you and your family in our prayers. God Bless you and thank you for the business that you have created. All of us in the biker community enjoy your company.
Best regards,
Aaron Dhawan
Silver Springs, FL

I will be praying for all of you. Do not give up hope. God has a plan. Have faith in Him.
God Bless.
Bob

John, you have our thoughts and prayers. I hope the transplant becomes reality. I have some understanding of the difference in thinking when faced with such a dilema. I lost a wife about 14 years ago to melinoma. My outlook on life changed dramaticly as a realization of just how precarious life can be.
Another reason for writing is the National museum. I am an artist dealing primarily in vintage motorcycles. If there is anything I can do to help the museum please keep me in mind. Besides a painter I sculpt as well and love working on dioramas. Again my services are offered. Thanks, jeff

Its unfortunate that we work so hard all our lives and then be struck down with an illness.I’m not a very religous person but I do beleive we have to have faith and appreciate the good things in our lives.I’m glad that your not feeling sorry for your self and that your family is there with you as you go through another chapter in your life.With your success with your family business you have always seemed to share your good fortune with your employees and suppliers and I hope you will be able to get your transplant that you need so you can get back to doing the things youand your family enjoy.I am a donor and believe its a good choice but people need to make sure they have imformed family members as around here alot of donors get stopped after they pass because family were not imformed and they hold up the procedure untill its too late. Please imform your family of your wish’s to be a donor.My thought’s are with you and your family and may your recovery be fast.

John;
What you and your family has down for the aftermarket Bike parts has allowed us amatures to create our own personal rides, for that I thank you Sir. Sorry for what you are going through, you certainly are in my prayers and may God be with always.

Wray

John, My thoughts and prayers are with you. It’s a tough fight but one that is worth fighting. I’ve had a heart attack, broken my back and been diagnosed with colon cancer but keep going for my daughter and her children. Lost my only son in 06 and almost called it quits but seeing thosr 2 little faces and all the help and prayers from friends and family make it a fight worth winning. God Bless you and your family.

Sincerest greetings to you and you family John, and many thanks for these wise and candid words.

I pray you’ll get the lung donation you need as soon as possible, and that our Father God will bless you with the futher years you hope for to complete the objectives you and your wife have set yourselves.

But I pray this also so that the rest of us in the motorcyling community can continue to benefit from having a man like you, with your beliefs, your principles and your hard work, continue to occupy a prominant position in the industry.

God bless you and yours

Monty

John Keep strong my friend, Never quit praying 5 min before the miracle happens. Prayer changes things, I KNOW< IM a miracle. Thanks for a down to earth letter, from a down to earth guy. I've been a fan of j@P for many years, ALL the best, Russ.

A very moving story, thank you. I am a doner and have been for years. God bless you and your family now and forever.

John I’m looking forward to your open house and hope to meet you.
God bless you and your family.
God is good and he is our miracle maker and may he have a miracle for you.
I am an organ donor

Be Blessed
Ray

Good luck John.

Dear John, Thank you for ur letter to all of us. Life is to short not to live in good health. My brother at the age of 2 was healed of leukemia, he is now 54 and in great shape. We will be praying for your complete healing. the Bible says;That we were healed by his strips. We stand on God’s word. Claim your healing in the name of Jesus.. Amen.. Sincerely, ChopperDawg

Thankyou for your openess about your challenging situation and words of wisdom around life’s priorities and organ donation. You’re very courageous and it’s inspiring to see someone trading their “ashes for beauty” as the Scriptures say.

I’m a motorcyclist and have purchased items from J and P before. I’m also a member of the Vineyard Fellowship church in Massachusetts and wanted to let you know I’ll be praying for you. One of my favorite scripture verses is from the new testament where it says, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5) I wrote a poem for you it goes like this:

“In our loneliness and despair when life seems so unfair know that He is always there to carry all our cares as we bow to Him in prayer”

May God bless you and keep you!
Felix :)

Thankyou for your openess about your challenging situation and words of wisdom around life’s priorities and organ donation. You’re very courageous and it’s inspiring to see someone trading their \ashes for beauty\ as the Scriptures say.

I’m a motorcyclist and have purchased items from J and P before. I’m also a member of the Vineyard Fellowship church in Massachusetts and wanted to let you know I’ll be praying for you. One of my favorite scripture verses is from the new testament where it says, \I will never leave you nor forsake you\ (Hebrews 13:5) I wrote a poem for you it goes like this:

\In our loneliness and despair when life seems so unfair know that He is always there to carry all our cares as we bow to Him in prayer\

May God bless you and keep you!
Felix :)

Dear John
I will keep you in my prayers. I have signed my organ donor card and have for many years. It is wonderful to know that someone will extend their life by the generous gift of life. I lost my infant son years ago and donated his heart and lungs to another child that would not have survived without the donation. It was a difficult decision but knew in my heart it was the right thing to do. I am a nurse and understand your struggles and how trying days in ICU can be.
I have been in your store in Daytona and have shopped on line from your store.
Thank you for sharing your story and making your large business a little more personal.
I wish you well. Sheila

I pray and hope you will recover from this setback in life. You are a true fighter and gentleman and may the Lord watch over you and help you thru this time. I love your products and hope the J&P Cycles continue to help and serve the motorcyling public for years to come. Ride free, ride safe

Hey John I’m glad your well now and all the best to you mate kepp your knee’s in the breeze.

Your dream of having a motorcycle parts business has enabled your customers to realise their own dreams, in the way we want our bikes to look or to build our own. My family prays for you and yours.

My prayers best wishes are with you in this time of need.I can relate as I suffer with c.o.p.d. and know what it is like to feel you are drowning on dry land. Yours sincerely James.C.Williams.

John,

I am an Organ Donor.

You are a first class and four star guy!

Enjoy life and time.

Richie

Over the past 4yrs, J&P cycles has helped my husband Mike build his ‘dream come true’ bike – an ’07 Softail. He’s customised it in his own, unique way & he has only been able to do that thanks to you & your company. We’re now on the next stage, which is customising a new Ultra Classic Limited & I have to tell you, so many things in this house get ignored, as we’d rather sit – sometimes for hours – paging through the catalogue or looking at the online version.
We started our journey with J&P whilst living in the Middle East & we are now continuing that journey, having returned home to South Africa. I have to tell you that whenever we have other bikers looking at Mike’s Softail (drooling more like it!) we always get the same question: “where the hell did you get that (part)?” & we ALWAYS answer, with the greatest pride “J&P Cycles – it’s a brilliant company!”. Mike had to wait more than 30yrs for his bike, but I can honestly say, J&P has certainly made those years well worth waiting for!

Mr Parnham, you are an amazing inspiration to so many people. I’m devastated to hear of your illness & genuinely hope a match is found which enables you to have a lung transplant. Mike & myself have been married almost 34yrs & we too have a precious grandchild. Life without my family doesn’t bear thinking about. We don’t have an organ donor system in this country, but both Mike & myself know that should something happen to us, doctors are welcome to use our organs, if they’re any good :-)

I wish you & Jill much strength, continued love & happiness.

Best wishes from South Africa

Jayne Winstanley

I hope things go well for you. I have never been one to know what to say at times like this. All I can think to do is wish you the best! I’d love to offer any help I can. I just don’t know what I can offer. We’re all here for you if you need anything!

Dear John ; My prayers are with you , you have done so much for our hobby . Don`t give up the fight , you will get your new lungs . Possibly India might be an answer for a speedy transplant ? In the interim I would use DMG, di methyl glycine, available in liquid form dissolves in the mouth increasing 02 uptake, available at health food stores. All my best, Tas Tevel,chiropractor.

John,
I know exactly what your going through. One of my best friends had Pulmonary Fibrosis. He fought this horrible diesease for many years. He was on the list to get donor lungs but was put way to the back of the list because he was a smoker . He took many trips to Clevevland Hospital from NY state and they are in my opinion the best in the country. John you may want to check them out. I am an Organ donor and encourage everyone to also be an organ donor. It is a sin to let parts that could save someones life or make their quality of life better go to waste. I hope that all the Motorcycle people that read your article do not procrastinate and sign up for this wonderful program. I will be praying for for you to have a fast recovery and your family and friends to pull themselves and you through this. Being a non smoker will increase your chances of them giving you lungs and I pray that you are chosen to recieve some. This wouldnt even be an issue if everybody signed up to donate organs as there would be a sufficient supply of organs. You are so correct about appreciating the simple things in life when you think you may be oout of time on this earth. I have been in several accidents where the Dr.s said i would’nt make it and the only thing that mattered to me and still matter to me was friends, family, and the simple things in life.
Good luck with this challenge of beating this aweful disease. Even though I have never met you I am confident you will.
May GOD Bless You and your Family,
Gary Del Nero Sr

Dear Mr John Parham,

God Bless your and your Family. Please hang tough. Thank you for being such a great United States American citizen. You have done so much for your Country and our Freedom. Stay strong!

Sincerely, Tim
Captain Tim Mahan
Commanding Officer
USS VICKSBURG (CG 69)

John,
I am very sorry to learn about your illness. I hope the transplant is forthcoming shortly and all goes well.

Thank you for taking the time to remind us of what’s really important. I know that my life seems to have become more complicated lately, mainly with things that money can fix, so in reality – things that aren’t all that important in the grand scheme of things.

Thanks for reminding me of that!

Good luck – my thoughts and prayers are with you.