The Richmond Register

Local News

July 5, 2012

The story of Jason Newby: ‘Miracles Through Music’ to benefit Hospice

BEREA — On Saturday, friends and family of Jason Newby will celebrate the life of a man whose many battles to stay alive seemed nothing short of a miracle.

Saturday's benefit in his memory is being called “Miracles Through Music,” said Amber Miles, Newby’s sister.

The program, beginning at 1 p.m in Memorial Park, will feature a long line-up of local musicians. It will continue until dark. There also will be face painting, a cake walk, a cornhole tournament, inflatables and a silent auction.

Several organizations and businesses have donated food, T-shirts, furniture, electronics and amusement park tickets to sale.

Proceeds from “Miracles Through Music” will be donated to families of cancer patients at the University of Kentucky's Markey Cancer Center and the Hospice Compassionate Care Center, where Newby lived the last months of his life.

A 1996 Madison Southern High graduate, a member of Crestview Holy Sanctuary church and the Berea Masonic Lodge, Newby would have “gotten a kick out of having a (newspaper) story written about him,” his sister said.

In October 2008, the then 30-year-old Newby was standing in line, waiting to get a title for his dirt bike. He blacked out and was quickly rushed to the hospital in Berea where doctors discovered an elevated white blood cell count.

The diagnosis was chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), which starts inside bone marrow, but is usually treatable.

 Newby was told he could live a relatively normal life, his sister said, because this type of leukemia can be treated with a daily pill.

Amber remembered when her brother called her with the news.

She was living in Hawaii with her husband David, who was stationed there as a Marine Corps helicopter mechanic.

Amber was nine months pregnant and on the phone with an umbilical cord blood bank when Newby beeped in to tell her. Not realizing the gravity of her brother’s phone call, she ignored it.

She and David were interested in banking their newborn’s umbilical cord blood and stem cells, the body’s master cells that can be used to treat certain cancers, blood disorders, metabolic disorders and immune diseases.  

However, the procedure was going to be costly and the Miles family decided not to follow through.

Later, when Amber learned of her brother’s condition, she called the bank back and asked them one question: Can this cord blood help my brother?

Possibly, they said.

“That’s all I needed to know,” said Amber. “I saw this as a sign.”

Newby told his doctors, “My nephew is coming out of the womb to help his uncle.”

Later, doctors said Newby wouldn’t need a bone marrow transplant because medication would be sufficient.

Newby thrived on the medicine and even helped Amber move back into her Hawaii home. Amber had temporarily moved back to Berea to be with her brother during the seven months David was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Her brother, seven years older than she, had always been by her side, she said. He supported her when her father died, escorted her during her high school homecoming and walked her down the aisle at her wedding.

Text Only
Local News
  • 4-18 PackTrack1a.jpg Walkers, runners of every age ‘Pack the Track’

    Waco Elementary and Model Laboratory schools students raised more than $8,000 (and counting) for the annual Pack the Track event at Eastern Kentucky University’s Tom Samuels Track Thursday, said Kim DeCoste of the Madison County Diabetes Coalition.

    April 18, 2014 14 Photos

  • 4-18 George WilliamsWEB.jpg Suicide attempt fatal for inmate

    A Todd County man died Tuesday at a Lexington hospital following a suicide attempt at the Madison County Detention Center, according to Madison and Fayette county officials.
    George Kenneth Williams, 50, of Allensville, was transported Monday afternoon by Madison County EMS to Baptist Health Richmond, according to EMS Director Jimmy Cornelison. He was then transferred to Baptist Health in Lexington where he died Tuesday, according to the Fayette County Coroner’s Office.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • CCDW instructor indicted on charges of failing to provide training

    A Madison County grand jury has indicted a carry-concealed weapons permit instructor on charges he falsely claimed to have provided instruction to one person for a CCDW permit and provided incomplete training to three others.
    Christopher D. Fins was indicted April 9 on one count of CCDW instructor not providing firearms training and three counts of providing incomplete firearms training.
    Fins faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of all four felony charges.

    April 17, 2014

  • EKU dorm sprinklers may have been activated maliciously

    Fire-suppression sprinklers went off about 2:30 a.m. Thursday in Eastern Kentucky University’s Martin Hall dormitory, prompting its evacuation.
    Fluctuating pressure then caused a campus water main to break, according to EKU spokesperson Mark Whitt.
    The cause is uncertain, but university officials are investigating to determine if the sprinklers were activated maliciously, Whitt said.
    The residence hall houses 260 students who were placed in other university housing or stayed with friends. All were able to move back in later in the day, he said.

    April 17, 2014

  • Sixth person charged in motel meth bust

    A sixth person has been charged in connection with a methamphetamine-making operation discovered last week at the Bel Air Motel in Richmond.
    Roger M. Million, 24, Moberly Road, was charged Wednesday with manufacturing methamphetamine.

    April 17, 2014

  • 4-18 George WilliamsWEB.jpg Madison County inmate dies in Lexington hospital

    An inmate at the Madison County Detention Center died Tuesday at a Lexington hospital, according to officials with the Fayette County Coroner’s Office and Madison County EMS.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sprinkler goes off; dorm evacuated

    Fire-suppression sprinklers went off at about 2:30 a.m. Thursday in Eastern Kentucky University’s Martin Hall dormitory, prompting its evacuation.

    April 17, 2014

  • 4-17 4Hfieldday1.jpg 4-H Environmental Field Day

    Madison County fourth-graders participated in several hands-on activities Tuesday and Wednesday during the annual 4-H Environmental Field Day at the county fairgrounds.

    April 16, 2014 8 Photos

  • Hearing delayed on West Main zone change

    Signs giving notice of a public hearing on a proposed zone change at the corner of West Main Street and Tates Creek Avenue were not posted in time for the Richmond Planning Commission to scheduled a public hearing for its April 24 business session.

    April 16, 2014

  • Berea mulls break with Kentucky Utilities

    The city of Berea is considering whether to extend its contract with Kentucky Utilities or to shop around for another electricity provider.

    April 16, 2014

AP Video
Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dead at 87 Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

Should the Richmond City Commission stop rezoning property to allow construction of apartments?

Yes.
No
     View Results