Fertitta helps take 'attend UFC' off cancer patient's bucket list


Yesterday ABC news ran a story about a teenager, who dying of cancer, created a 'bucket list' of things to do before he passed. The news story covered several of the items he had checked off the list, including visiting a topless bar and taking a helicopter ride.

Jake Stoneking's bucket list seems quite reasonable. A hunting trip, a tattoo and a trip to the local topless bar: all doable in the 19-year-old's hometown of West Linn, Ore.

"He put stuff on there that he knows can happen," said Jake's dad, Todd Stoneking. "We know the time's coming. We know it's coming. But he's doing pretty good and we can still do a lot of things."

Jake has medulloblastoma, a rare form of brain cancer. He was diagnosed at the age of 14 after a string of unbearable headaches.

"He had a tumor removed about the size of a golf ball," Todd Stoneking said, recalling the 12-hour surgery in 2009 followed by months of radiation and chemo. "It pretty much took him down to nothing."

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In the video you can see the second item on his list was 'go to a UFC fight'. The always astute Ariel Helwani tweeted out to see if the MMA community could help.

A 19-year-old who's battling brain cancer put "go to a UFC fight" as #2 on his bucket list. Let's get him to UFC 171! http://abcnews.go.com/Health/topless-bar-tops-bucket-list-teen-brain-cancer/story?id=22863094 …

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The response was great, and co-owner of the UFC Lorenzo Fertitta responded and said that he was 'in' to help the boy cross the item off his list:

@arielhelwani @katiemoisse I'm in!

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It really is a heart warming story and shows just how powerful social media can be. MMAFighting.com reported today that the UFC has reached out the teenager and offered to bring him to Dallas for this weekend's UFC 171.



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Fedorthedrummer site profile image  

10/18/14 3:36 AM by Fedorthedrummer

I'm not trying to get all whiny, but it's pretty bad ass how all these people made this kids wishes come true. Good reminder that not all people are shitty.But most people are still shitty :)

rkm456 site profile image  

10/17/14 10:43 PM by rkm456

Hopefully, he enjoyed his last bit of time on earth, and hopefully his family was able to find some solace in his happiness. Rest in peace.

DisgracieJJ site profile image  

10/17/14 10:36 PM by DisgracieJJ


TexasBadAss site profile image  

10/17/14 10:32 PM by TexasBadAss

Amazing to read thread again from start to finish. Rip

esque site profile image  

10/17/14 5:50 PM by esque


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10/17/14 5:49 PM by RowdyBec


I_AM_THE_CAWKSUCKER site profile image  

10/17/14 5:45 PM by I_AM_THE_CAWKSUCKER

Gutted when I seen this thread pop up knew it would be bad news. :-( first time I actually saw the photos glad he had his UFC experience

NickDiazsSpinningBackfist site profile image  

10/17/14 5:43 PM by NickDiazsSpinningBackfist

Rip man :(

District 22 site profile image  

10/17/14 5:32 PM by District 22

Spearmint Rhino, dinner, fights, Spearmint Rhino, 1000 dollar escort......make it fucking happen.

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10/17/14 5:29 PM by chaplinshouse

RIP Jake if true :( (I can't find an official news story online just mma sites/reddit)