View Full Version : Dying Man Pre-Selling Urn Advertising To Pay For Cremation

04-21-2010, 03:31 PM
Sad but inventive

What would you do to help your loved ones after you die? A Springfield man, diagnosed with terminal cancer, is selling advertising space on his urn so his wife won't have to worry about cremation costs.

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Given just months to live, Aaron Jamison has set his mind on two missions.

The first is to spread a message of hope. Jamison, who has terminal cancer, hands out purple bracelets that read "Cancer Sucks... Life is Good...Choose Joy" to people he meets.

The other mission is harder. Jamison wants to pay for his cremation and urn costs before he dies so his wife Kristin won't have to worry about it.

His plan is to sell advertising space on two urns that will hold his ashes - one for his wife and one for his parents.

"I'm on different chemo now," said Jamison, who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of colon cancer. It has spread to his liver and lymph nodes. " If it works, I've got about nine months. If it doesn't work, I've got three. So I'm trying to get on the ball with the ad sales."

The plan and his sense of humor are typical Aaron, say his wife and friends.

When others might cry, the musician and comedian finds a way to laugh.

"He had so much concern for his wife and how she was going to be able to handle this," said Dustin Remington, Jamison's longtime friend and owner of Terese's Place. "It was just an opportunity I was happy to be a part of."

Remington handed over a 100 dollar check and signed a contract Monday.

Greg Byerly, who owns Cry Baby Ink, also plans to buy ad space.

Jamison plans to hand paint the ads on the two urns. He hopes to raise 800 dollars to pay for the cremation and the urns.http://www.kval.com/news/local/91557434.html