Jon Stanley was a biker through and through. After a lifetime of riding a Harley, the loud purr of its motor was a sound he sorely missed once he was diagnosed with lung and brain cancer in 2017. As he neared the end of his battle, his one wish was to hear that sound one last time, and around 200 bikers showed up to make that wish come true.
The 61-year-old’s brother-in-law, Michael Smith, was determined to make this happen for Jon, so he contacted local biker David Thompson. Thompson immediately took up the cause and began rallying the biking community to take it up as well.
David posted a picture of Jon alongside a picture of the brand-new Harley he had only gotten to ride about 3 times before being diagnosed. He asked that fellow bikers would meet at Jon’s house in South Bend, Indiana, to provide him with his last wish – to hear the engines roar.
In his post, David wrote:
“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 rode for years. This is his 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 6pm and kick stands 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!”
Only six hours had passed by the time 200 people were at Jon’s house with over 100 motorbikes on June 12, 2017 as he lay on his bed inside.
Amongst engines revving and men cheering, Jon’s family carried him outside and sat him in one of the sidecars so that he could not only hear the engines but also feel the vibrations. Bikers from all over the county had showed up for this moment of support.
They had come right on time as Jon passed away only a couple hours later in his wife’s arms. Though his death was tragic, his family was happy and touched that such a movement had been made to fulfil his last wish.
Rest in peace, Jon