EUGENE, Ore. (KMTR) –A local comedian has died, more than two years after he was diagnosed with cancer. Aaron Jamison was diagnosed with an aggressive form of colon cancer at the age of 35. He was originally given just six months to live, but fought for more than two years.
Aaron’s wife says he stayed true to his "choose joy" mantra right up until the very end. Jamison was a comic and used humor as a way to cope with his pain. He chose to make jokes about his terminal condition, rather than feeling angry about it.
Aaron gained international attention for selling ad space on his cremation urn to help pay for funeral costs. Readers of Aaron's blog page donated enough money so that Aaron was able to pay for his cremation and use some leftover money to cover a few medical bills.
Always putting others first, Aaron recently convinced his parents to move to New York so his cousin there could take care of them as they age. Due to finances, his parents did not think they'd be able to fly back for his service. The airlines got wind of the situation and offered to help. Aaron's mom, dad, and cousin will fly on Southwest airlines free of charge, from Albany New York to Eugene for his memorial service.
Aaron's memorial is set for Saturday, October 8th at the Springfield high school theater, at in the afternoon. Donations for Aaron’s family can be made to an account in their name at First Tech. There will also be a fundraiser on October 24th at all three Papa's Pizza locations.