Update: It is with the heaviest of hearts that we inform our brothers and friends that James “Tonka” Warren has passed away as of February 18th, 2016. May he forever rest in peace.
Update 2: We have stopped the fundraising campaign, after raising over $1,500 for our dearly departed friend. We thank everyone who has participated and supported our friend, every donation is greatly appreciated. This page will stand as a memorial for James Warren.
In 2006 Delta Chi selected a national philanthropic endeavor, to support the Jimmy V Foundation in their efforts in the field of cancer research.
More recently, the Behrend Chapter of Delta Chi has been impacted directly by the scourge that is cancer. Our brother, James Ryan “Tonka” Warren (Alpha Lambda, Spring 2007), has battled cancer, but recently posted on Facebook that he knows, sadly, it is a battle he is losing. His message follows:
What’s up everyone? This is your friend neighborhood Tonka. “With great power…comes great responsibility.” and I feel I have a responsibility to let you all know.
So as you all know I have been dealing with some health issues and time is short. I feel it. I know no one knows exactly the time they go but I would feel lucky to make it to next week. My body is but a shell of its former self and isn’t getting better. But my mind is still strong and I know I wouldn’t have made it this far without my incredible support system…all of you. And there are no words I can offer up but thank you and I love you.
For those of you worried about my soul, I have made my peace with Jesus. For those of you who never thought you would hear me say that, stranger things have happened. I pray you all find Jesus. Don’t let ridiculous people calling themselves Christians ruin Jesus for you.
So now back to me. Please support my family when the time comes. I know it will be tough for you but they watched me waste away and that can’t be easy. Be there for each as I would have been there for you. If I counted you as a friend then you know what a friend of Tonka means. I love you all.
The power is yours!
May the force be with you.
And never give up! Never surrender!
Although the Behrend Chapter will obviously participate in future fundraisers for the Jimmy V Foundation to continue battling cancer at large, the undergraduate brothers and alumni of the Behrend chapter feel strongly that our friend, our brother, and his family deserve our help. We wish to collect donations to assist with final expenses, medical bills, and any other expenses or debts that may have accrued during this battle.
You can donate via PayPal, using a credit card, even if you do not already have a PayPal account (see bottom left of donation page).
To encourage any and all donations possible, the amount donated will remain anonymous, but Tonka and his family will be given a list of names in the end. Your donation, whether $5, $50, or $500 WILL help, there is no doubt whatsoever. Donations will be collected by the Behrend Chapter of Delta Chi and the family will be presented with a check when all is finished. If you prefer, you can discuss with James’ brother Terrance making a donation directly to the family. But James touched so many lives in our Behrend community of Greek-lettered organizations, we felt it fitting to honor him in this way. The duration of this fund raiser has not yet been specified, and there is no “goal” amount – we want to encourage anyone to give anything they can, without the pressures of meeting a certain limit.