After the loss of a husband and father of two, a Minot family is thanking their community for its continuous support.
Over the course of just a few weeks, Jeremey Thiel was diagnosed with a quickly-spreading cancer and died, and it wasn’t the first time cancer hit the Thiel family.
When Jeremy Thiel learned of his Adenocarcinoma diagnosis, his wife Ashley said his biggest concern was how he would continue to take care of his family.
A call for help through an online fundraising page has proven that the family is not alone during this hard time.
Less than two weeks ago, Thiel family members were by their dad’s side at the Mayo Clinic as he fought cancer. It was a familiar fight for the family of four.
“Our eight-year-old went through cancer as well when he was three,” Jeremey’s wife, Ashley, said. “So he was a survivor.”
Mattix, his brother Channing, and their dad, Jeremey, took to a Go Fund Me page to share their story and ask for help.
“His biggest worry throughout this whole process was making sure that we didn’t have to worry,” she said.
Just 10 days after the page was posted, “It was a matter of two weeks.”
Jeremey Thiel passed away.
Ashley said, “I don’t think I’m ever going to take anything for granted anymore.”
The family lived in Minot while his wife, Ashley went to nursing school.
Since his death, they moved to Arizona where she and Jeremy had planned to live someday.
Although far from home, they’re making the most of his memory.
“Every day, our thing is is we get together as a family and we try to figure out what daddy would want us to do,” said Ashley. “So we try to honor him in that way. April fools was a good one to do because daddy was such a jokester, Chan’s sitting here just smiling next to me.”
And she thanks the people they’ve met in Minot for lending a hand during a hard time.
“Minot is more of a family than ever,” Ashley said. “Just moving there, the employees that Jeremey and I worked with, truly amazing people.”
During Jeremey’s treatment, he gave updates of his treatment on the Go Fund Me page.
Now, Ashley continues to update the page with ways she and her sons are honoring their dad.