Biker Jon Stanley really wanted to hear the roar of a Harley Davidson before he died. His wish to hear the revving of a bike came months after he was diagnosed with brain and lung cancer in 2017.
Bikers have a bond that no one else can quite understand. This is why when one man had a dying wish, nearly 200 bikers came together to fulfill it. According to Epoch Times, biker Jon Stanley really wanted to hear the roar of a Harley Davidson before he died. His wish to hear the revving of a bike came months after he was diagnosed with brain and lung cancer in 2017. So, when a group of bikers heard of Jon's dying wish, they literally went the extra mile to make sure they could fulfill it. Jon was 61-years-old and was losing the battle to cancer when his brother-in-law decided to help fulfill his final wish.
Michael Smith, determined to help his brother-in-law, got in touch with local biker David Thompson who immediately put out a rallying cry to fellow bikers on social media. David immediately put it out on social media, calling all bikers to gather and help. Jon Stanley reportedly missed his Harley and since he could no longer ride a bike, he wanted to hear the music one last time before he departed.
“I was contacted this morning about 6:30 this morning by Mike Smith through Facebook—and he informed me about Jon, you know he’s terminal, and he’s not looking really good, and one of his wishes was to hear a bunch of motorcycles out his window,” Thompson told WBND. “A lot of people think motorcycles are loud and obnoxious, but you know, we’re a big brotherhood, and we take care of each other,” said Thompson.
David posted on Facebook: Sometimes a dying person's last wish is just to hear the sound of a Harley in their window. This is Jon Stanley he has terminal cancer. I personally met with his family this morning and learned Jon is a vet and was an abate member who has ridden for years. This is the new Harley he just got and only rode 3 times! I know this is short notice but bikers take care of bikers! We will meet at Walmart on Ireland Rd at 6 pm and kickstands up at 6:30 tonight 6/12/20017 to ride out to Jon's house to show him and his family some love and make some noise for him!
David shared a picture of an evidently sick Jon and also a shiny Harley that has only been used thrice. As soon as David's post went live, it got a lot of attention, and within six hours, there were 200 people and more than 100 motorbikes who were ready to ride over Jon's house and gather in front of Jon's house with their engines revving. It definitely would have been giving everyone out there goosebumps.
David's post went viral and was shared over 1,400 times. People were touched by the gesture and commented on the post. Tammy Reigle wrote: God bless all of you for being so true to this wonderful man, what ur doing for him is amazingly heartfelt, I never met this man but I feel like I have just by reading this post, prayers to all of you. Lavanga Wolfe Baker wrote: Thoughts are with the family and friends. Sorry for your loss. What a great way to give back to the community in the time of need. I would have been there if I would have seen this sooner. God bless. Fly high biker brother.
On June 12, 2017, Jon's final wish was fulfilled. His family got him outside and seated him in a sidecar, so he could feel the vibrations one last time. Bikers from different cities, regions, and districts showed up and witnessed the touching moment. While he would not have been able to take a ride on his own, this is as close as he gets to his biker glory and it was definitely a moment to witness when all these bikers came together.
“Knowing that all this happened for one man. All he ever wanted was him and his wife on that Harley,” said Jon’s granddaughter, Liliana Ramirez. “He got to get on a bike one last time, and that was great,” said Jon’s daughter, Kristy Stewart. “That’s the last thing he heard, the revving, the bikes. I know he’s happy,” said Jon’s wife, Brenda. He definitely heard the bikes and that would have given him some peace!