Make a Ding in the Universe in Steve's Honor

"No one wants to die.

Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there.

And yet death is the destination we all share.

Death is very likely the single best invention of Life.

...

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.
"

- Steve Jobs 1955 - 2011

Steve Jobs

Stories Submitted: 36
Total Donated to Pancreatic Cancer Research: $180

Original email sent October 7, 2011:

“No one wants to die. 
Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. 
And yet death is the destination we all share. 
Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. 
...
Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.”

 In a time when individualism is a cult and people seem to be scrambling to call attention to themselves, Steve Jobs did not have a Twitter account and wore the same clothes every day. 

 In an age when productivity and profit trump character and contentment, Steve floated an unprofitable company for 10 years before it gave us Ratatouille and Buzz Lightyear because, in his own words, he spiritually bought into the dream.

 Though not the traditional humanitarian that Gandhi or Martin Luther King Jr. were, we all got to feel firsthand the impact a visionary can have on the world in our lifetimes – not through a history book. 

 Just as it would be absurd for Gandhi or Buddha or Malcolm X to tote money bags and support fund raisers to heal the wounds of divisiveness, it was equally as absurd for Steve Jobs to have his vision be diluted by focus groups. 

 True to that from, when he returned to a floundering Apple in 1996, Jobs sent the message that Apple needs to focus on being Apple.

 In the coming weeks and months there will be a lot of speculation about the future fate of Apple, but I have a wish for both you and Apple.

 My wish for Apple is that they not try to assure stockholders that they will be fine without Steve Jobs.

My wish is that they not play WWSJD?.

My wish for Apple is that they not try to reassure anyone that they are still cutting edge visionaries. 

My wish for Apple is that they be their own Apple -- to follow Steve’s advice and not live anyone else’s life – not Steve’s, not Wall Streets’, and not the bloggers and thousands of people who will speculate about Apple’s future.

 My wish for you is the same. 

 Steve Jobs had the impact of many lifetimes during his short 56 year life.

 In the age of retweets, Steve Jobs did not care about shameless self-promotion but he did care deeply about making a contribution – a “ding in the universe” as he put it, and we were all the beneficiaries of that.

 Please visit http://www.nhwellnesscenters.com/stevejobs/ and write a simple sentence or two about a particular moment that a Steve Jobs product (or product inspired by Steve Jobs, Android users) impacted your life – whether that’s an app that helped you lose weight or your family’s inside joke from Finding Nemo.

 For every ‘moment’ shared, $5 (up to $250) will be donated by Natural Horizons Wellness Center  to pancreatic cancer treatment research (The Lustgarter Foundation, The National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, and The Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research).   

All you have to do is share a story how a Steve Job's inspired product impacted your life!  We want to collect these stories to hopefully inspire others to make their ding as well as honor Job's life. 

I am not sure if there are enough recipients on this email that if everyone participated we would spend out our allotted budget so please feel free to share this website with your friends and family. 

Thank you Steve and may God bless your soul in your next adventure.

( If you would like to donate money to encourage the continuation of this campaign beyond the current budget of $250, please reply to this e-mail. 100% of all funds raised will be go toward pancreatic cancer treatment research.)

Edit: Please fill out the form above with your contact information if you are interested in making a donation.

The Natural Horizons Wellness Center Team

 

Stories

Story #36
Total donated pncreatic cancer treatment reseearch: $180

My mom was diagnosed with Neuroendocrine (Islet Cell) Pancreatic Cancer after having her pancreas and spleen removed on September 19th, 2011 for a pancreatic tumor. I had never heard of this type of pancreatic cancer until I googled it and Steve Jobs came up. Although my heart goes out to Mr. Jobs family and friends, I hope they know that because he was in the public eye, he has brought attention to a disease that many knew nothing about, including myself. Hopefully that attention will help others like my family understand more about the disease and be able to fight it! Thank you!!

 

Story #35
Total donated pncreatic cancer treatment reseearch: $175

My mom was overall healthy, still working part-time, exercising every night but was diagnosed and died within 2 months. It was a surprise to us all. When she was diagnosed, it was like a death sentence, as all the people we knew with this diagnosis, had died (and fairly quickly). Thank God, she was lucky in that she did not suffer long, and had no prolonged hospitalizations. All I know is research is definitely needed to find a cure, and also a screening for earlier diagnosis. Many are diagnosed late, like my mom's, and not much can be done. I have had a few more acquaintances diagnosed since my mother and just shake my head as I know the ultimate result. I hope that someday I can be more optimistic when someone receives this news.

 

Story #34
Total donated pncreatic cancer treatment reseearch: $170

Shirley Eileen (Rinkle) Blanton 6/23/1958 to 8/29/2009

The last time i saw my mother was July of 09. My husband is active duty navy so we are many miles from our home. She came up with my father to enjoy some summer weeks before we were to once again transfer. My mother's name is Shirley Eileen Blanton. She was an amazing and strong women. She was so crafty, could literally make or bake anything. She was my best friend! Married to my father for 32 years. I am the youngest of the 3 daughters they had. My mother passed of pancreatic cancer on 8/29/2009 at the young age of 51. Her death was so fast and unexpected. She was rushed to the hospital 1 month prior to her passing. She was taken to the hospital due to stomach pain. Unable to keep any food or liquid down. She was treated with a whipple procedure surgery. unfortunately they then found the cancer and she continued to bleed out and never properly recovered. She was delusional when she passed. This caner is by far one of the scariest and questionful. I am not the same wi thout my mother. She is missed by so many! Thanks for reading, Jamie Husband

 

Story #33
Total donated pncreatic cancer treatment reseearch: $165

WOW, Steve, you made such an impact on the world. I am an apple user and will never go back. Thank you for sharing your dream.

 

Story #32
Total donated pncreatic cancer treatment reseearch: $160

My Dad passed away 7-9-2011 from PC. He only lived 23 weeks. He fought with all he had but the moster (PC) took over his body. When he was diagnosed we started a charity golf tournament in his honor and we raised over $11,000 just in 6 months for PC. We are still raising money for research every little bit helps. So when you read this donate to PC or be a volunteer to make a difference it will bring a special joy to your heart. Thank you Steve Jobs for making the iPad. When they came out my Dad went on line early that morning an ordered 3 iPads for his girls and had them inscribed for us and told us that maybe the last gift we get from him and it was. All of us use them even the grandchildren. My Dad and Steve you were a blessing in so many lives. I love you and miss you. :)

 

Story #31
Total donated pncreatic cancer treatment reseearch: $155

And still...we are infinite and immortal. See you in your next incarnation, Steve. Much Love <3

 

Story #30
Total donated pncreatic cancer treatment reseearch: $150

The world is a better place because we were graced with Steve Job's presence. My MAC allowed me to stay in timely contact with family around the globe. My friends who don't have MAC's have struggled with viruses and replaced their machines frequently, while I can replace my computer when I want to. My iPod made my job bearable when inconsiderate co-workers talked loudly about their personal lives. The iPhone completed changed how cell phones are used. My iPad is simply very cool. The world will miss his genius, but I can't imagine the loss his family feels.

 

Story #29
Total donated pncreatic cancer treatment reseearch: $145

I always thought...I don't need a new fancy phone just one that makes calls...Ha! Until I broke down due to peer pressure and bought the iphone in February. This phone is now my best friend...It does everything for me. If I could just get it to sleep for me that would be awesome! Thanks to Steve Jobs the world can communicate in ways we never would have thought of. RIP Steve <3

Story #28
Total donated pncreatic cancer treatment reseearch: $140

The world is a better place because we were graced with Steve Job's presence. My MAC allowed me to stay in timely contact with family around the globe. My friends who don't have MAC's have struggled with viruses and replaced their machines frequently, while I can replace my computer when I want to. My iPod made my job bearable when inconsiderate co-workers talked loudly about their personal lives. The iPhone completed changed how cell phones are used. My iPad is simply very cool. The world will miss his genius, but I can't imagine the loss his family feels.

Story #27
Total donated pncreatic cancer treatment reseearch: $135

I have watched Steve Jobs change my generation. Everything he accomplished during his lifetime will be lasting and memorable. I got my first ipod (a mini) when I was in middle school, I am now 20-years-old and have now owned 4 ipods and love everything about them. Music is my life and Steve Jobs helped me find a way to always bring my music with me.

Story #26
Total donated pncreatic cancer treatment reseearch: $130

Although I never liked the apple technology, I recently changed from a blackberry to an iPhone.....I must say, Steve Jobs is awesome. Pancreatic cancer is awful and has taken away too many precious lives. RIP Steve Jobs <3

Story #25
Total donated pncreatic cancer treatment reseearch: $125

Steve Jobs came to a conference for California Association for the Gifted. He spoke to us about the importance of training teachers to recognize creative thinking and the value of questioning what is. How many of our truly gifted young people are trapped in classrooms where neither of these two behaviors are valued.

My husband Russell died May 2, 2011 from his cruel and sneaky disease. We miss him and the world will miss Steve Jobs and his extraordinary mind and his willingness to ask "What if?"

Story #24
Total donated pncreatic cancer treatment reseearch: $120

A life well lived is a simple life. While I'm sure the techy guts of my MacbookPro is anything but simple, the ease of use and the fluid designs of all things Apple evoke a welcome mat of simplicity. Thanks Steve for your vision and the balls to swim upstream with it.

Story #23
Total donated pncreatic cancer treatment reseearch: $115

If not for the iPhone, I most likely would have never met my husband. You see, before most phones could really support social networking sites, the iPhone could. My husband saw my profile on one of those sites, noticed we went to the same college and had lots in common. From his iPhone, he sent me a message. From that iPhone, we emailed, texter, called and eventually arranged to meet. He walked into my life 3 months before my mom, my best friend, was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic pancreatic cancer at 46 years old. I was 21, my little brother 15. We didn't know how we were going to make it without her. Mr. Jobs, pancreatic cancer took your life and by taking my mom, it almost took mine along with it... But thanks to your genius invention and the grace of God, I was given the gift of a man who carried me and my family through the darkest times we had ever faced. 3 years later, almost to the day of our meeting, my husband and I h ave gotten married and like your parents, adopted a little boy! Thank you for giving me a reason to live, Mr. Jobs.

 

Story #22
Total donated pncreatic cancer treatment reseearch: $110

Steve didn't make much of a ding in my life until I found out he had pancreatic cancer. To me, this mean him real. Not some company owner who is a millionaire. He was as human as my neighbor who lost his battle to pancreatic cancer last year and everyone else who has a terminal illness. Then I realized how much he really pushed to change technology as we knew it.

 

Story #21
Total donated pncreatic cancer treatment reseearch: $105

I was very sad to hear the news of Steve Jobs passing. My father passed away from Pancreatic Cancer almost two years ago and hearing Steve's passing really hit home, he was so young and had a family and a wonderful life. His words were very inspiring to me. .

 

Story #20
Total donated pncreatic cancer treatment reseearch: $100

AppleTV has changed the way we do family movie night and been a big benefit for me and my children. What Apple sees as a "hobby" has ended DVDs and given my children a remote control they can manage.

 

Story #19
Total donated pncreatic cancer treatment reseearch: $95

I never got very excited about computers or electronics until I experienced my first Apple product. Thanks Steve!

 

Story #18
Total donated pncreatic cancer treatment reseearch: $90

Listening to a docked iPod with iTunes playlists uploaded from an iMac. Thanks Steve.

 

Story #17
Total donated pancreatic cancer treatment reseearch: $85

I held out against the iPhone for a long time, because it was just TOO trendy and I don't like to follow the crowd. Finally I gave in - and I love it! It's freed me from my desk; my clients, who are all over the world, can still contact me instantly if they need me. It's enabled me to finally live my dream lifestyle. I really DO work from the beach now! Thank you Steve for believing it before you saw it :)

 

Story #16
Total donated pncreatic cancer treatment reseearch: $80

I love my Ipod shuffle it has served me well the last 7 years and will probably have many more years to come with it;) Dig you apple;)

 

Story #15
Total donated pncreatic cancer treatment reseearch: $75

Steve Jobs was and is a wonderful inventor. I don't really have a Ding in My Life about the computer world, but I do have a Ding in My Life about pancreatic cancer, my beloved mother died of this disease, and now that a Steve Jobs died of it hopefully they will find a cure faster.

It seems to me that when a famous person dies of a disease it is all over the news, but when a wonderful person like my mother dies of this disease she is only remember by her family and friends.

I hope that a cure is found so that no other person has to go thru what my mother and my family had to go thru.

I feel that if more and more are aware of pancreatic disease that more funds will go into finding a cure.

 

Story #14
Total donated pncreatic cancer treatment reseearch: $70

Steve Jobs changed my life. My iPhone has been one of the best pieces of tech

 

Story #13 - The real Nature Boy, Keith, the K-train takes the bull by the horn
Total donated to pancreatic cancer treatment research: $65

This is the original K-train here. I was a late bloomer when it comes to all things dealing with technology. Actually, in a lot of things, but this isn't the place to share those stories. My first job as an adult was with an internet tech support company. Most of the calls I could handle, but when someone called with an apple-I was clueless. "Have you restarted your computer?". That's about all I knew to ask. It was frustrating, but only because I had never been exposed to an apple computer. Like all things that frustrate me, I decided to CONQUER this-so, I took an apple course, yada yada yada, and got promoted to Supervisor! Of course, I quit right after that, but nevertheless. I admire Mr. Jobs for everything he accomplished, and hope to one day leave this world knowing I left an impression on many, many people. Let's beat this disease, so no one else has to die from it "too soon". GODSPEED, Mr. Jobs.

 

Story #12 - Chad Starnes breaking it down for us
Total donated to pancreatic cancer treatment research: $60

Nostalgically, my first computer (in Elementary School) was an Apple II E.
Practically, I hold entire libraries in the convenience of my hand.
Inspirationally, Jobs was a genius mix of hippie and corporate culture.

 

Story #11 - ""just like Star Trek!!" (Keeping a father and daughter close)
Total donated to pancreatic cancer treatment research: $55

My Daddy, who is in his 60s and not the smartest at new technologies, got an iPhone (his employer provided it to him). Using FaceTime to chat with him (I live in a different city) has proven to be a heartwarming and entertaining venture. The first time we used it, he could not believe it. In his words, it was "just like Star Trek!!" Even now, countless conversations later, he still starts each one off by saying "I cannot get over this technology!!"

His amazement aside, having iPhones has allowed me and my Daddy to keep in close touch, in a way more personal than just chatting on the phone. So thanks for that, Steve Jobs! Rest in peace!

 

Story #10 - Mary K. multi-tasking consultant checks in from London on her iPhone
Total donated to pancreatic cancer treatment research: $50

The fact that I can be talking on a conference call and reading email at the same time is truly incredible. It has allowed me to use my phone as more than just a vehicle for talking with colleagues, it has now become a critical part of the way that I do my job.

 

Story #9 - Who could forget Oregon Trail?
Total donated to pancreatic cancer treatment research: $45

How could I ever forget my first encounter on a computer, let alone playing Oregon Trail in 3rd grade on an Apple? I was sure the Apple symbol was simply a sticker my teacher placed there.

 

Story #8 - Anonymous gratitude!
Total donated to pancreatic cancer treatment research: $40

Thank you for your creations...just think of all the jobs you have created for those who are working diligently on mobile apps for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad. May you RIP, Mr. Jobs.

 

Story #7 - Anonymous gratitude!
Total donated to pancreatic cancer treatment research: $35

A man with such a creative mind, always humble. God Bless your family, you'll be missed!

 

Story #6 - Just bringing digital music to the people is all - no big deal.
Total donated to pancreatic cancer treatment research: $30

When I was a tween (in the days before the word tween existed), I would spend hours every Saturday night listening to John Garabedian's Open House Party. My ear was inches away from my battery-operated, double cassette tape boom box, and my index finger was poised just above the record button. I needed to get those songs recorded on my blank tapes so I would have the perfect mix to play on my Walkman when I roller skated around the driveway! Inevitably, I would tire of a mix and spend additional hours dubbing songs from cassette deck A to cassette deck B. I often thought someone needed to invent something so I wouldn't have to do that anymore. And years later...hello, itunes. And goodbye Walkman (by then a Discman) and hello ipod. I couldn't get through a night at the gym or a long road trip without the endless mixes you play.

 

Story #5 - Keeping newlyweds close
Total donated to pancreatic cancer treatment research: $25

My iPhone allows me to stay connected with my husband as he travels very frequently for his job. Thanks for making this possible, Steve.

 

Story #4 - Thanks Chris!
Total donated to pancreatic cancer treatment research: $20

I was never big on cell phones, they always seemed too pricey, too bulky, and too much hassle until my wife introduced me to the Iphone a couple years back and although I have the opportunity to go with competitors I won't because it just seems so much easier to use and the reception and quality is impeccable. It also makes things much more accessible with the loads of free apps you can download and not to mention the user friendliness of the phone itself. Thanks again Steve and again God bless.

 

Story #3 - Anonymous gratitude
Total donated to pancreatic cancer treatment research: $15

From the very first apple computer I used in elementary school to the iPhone I am using to type this message, everything Steve Jobs touched was more than a machine it was a device that revolutionized the world as we know it. He will truly be missed.

 

Story #2 - Chris the professional photographer
Total donated to pancreatic cancer treatment research: $10

Greetings, I was never big on Apple products until a few years back when I really got into photography, and purchased my first Apple Computer, it was amazing how simple it was to set up vs. Dell and other home computers, and the software was just as equally user friendly. Thank you Steve for your passion, inventions, and for making my life easier and my dream more obtainable. God bless.

 

Story #1 - First!
Total donated to pancreatic cancer treatment research: $5

Funny your email should mention weight loss. I joined Weight Watchers and don't know how anyone stuck with weight watcher before the Weight Watchers app. Now I can simply record the foods I eat whereever I am. All the restaurants are listed and I know exactly how many "points" I have left in my alloted budget for the day. I mean, I also use an app that uses the accelerometor and you place the app under your sheet at the corner of your bed and it automatically wakes you up when you're near the top of your sleep cycle so I don't wake up groggy during the middle of a deep sleep phase. How cool is that? Wish I had a more touching story about bringing me close together with my family or something, but my iphone really has made an impact on my life. Thank you Steve!