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Jon Fenlon Foundation

Waterfall Jewelers II, in White Lake is collecting donations for the Jon Fenlon Foundation for the month of September.  Instead of paying us for your watch battery, we ask that you donate the money to our charity of the month.  

The Jon Fenlon Foundation was started in memory of our dear friend, Jon Fenlon. He passed away suddenly after the 2009 Detroit Free Press Half Marathon. The Jon Fenlon Foundation continues his legacy as a loving, caring and wonderful son, brother and friend by raising money each year to donate to local Michigan causes.  Waterfall Jewelers II is proud to be a sponsor of the Jon Fenlon Foundation, and with your help we have been able to donate over $1700.

I'll never forget the first day Andy & I met Jon. He drove up in his Subaru and joined our group of friends down by the bonfire. As we drank our Michigan brews and got lost in velvety swirl of stars in the sky, I remember thinking to myself that this kid had a genuine spirit about him. Maybe it was the way he carried himself, his elusive smile, or the way he walked; but he was just one of those people that you know you could trust within seconds of meeting them. Jon instantly became a good friend of ours and we fell in love with his heart of gold.

In 2009 and at just 26 years old, he passed away at the Detroit Free Press Marathon due to heart failure. On his Facebook page, Jon said about himself, “I fear that I want to do too many things for one lifetime”. Jon was here for much too short of time, but he lived life to the fullest while he was here. The annual golf outing put on by his loved ones goes to support the Beaumont Children's Hospital Student Heart Check Program in partnership with 97.1 the Ticket as well as the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit. This foundation is dedicated to carrying on the memory of a truly wonderful and very special young man.

- Christi Brown 

Jonathan Michael Fenlon was born on January 6,1983. He was the first grandchild on both sides of the family. He was spoiled quite a bit but loved a lot. He lived in Lake Orion, MI for 2 ½ years before moving to Waterford in 1985. He grew up in Waterford with his parents and 2 younger sisters, Jenny & Jessica. Jon graduated from Waterford Kettering High School in 2001, and attended Eastern Michigan University, where he graduated with his degree in Graphic Arts in 2007.

Following graduation from Eastern Michigan, Jon went to work as a graphic artist for a local company and also worked weekends at a local clothing chain. Jon also worked on several side projects, including a cookbook that shows some of his illustrating abilities.

Jon was always a big fan of sports, playing on various teams in soccer, baseball and hockey from youth leagues into adulthood. He started playing baseball & soccer at the young age of 7. His soccer team at Waterford Kettering, his junior year won the district championship. Besides soccer, Jon ran in marathons, played roller hockey, hiked, played disc golf and was always active doing something. He was very supportive of many local teams, including the Detroit Red Wings, Michigan Wolverines and the Detroit Tigers.

This love of sports led to one of the most exciting times in Jon’s life. While attending the fourth and deciding game of the American League Championship Series with his friends, Jon caught the walk-off homerun ball that was hit by Magglio Ordonez to propel the Detroit Tigers to the 2006 World Series. Jon was a local celebrity for a few days, appearing on the local news many times recounting this historic event.

Unfortunately, just 3 years later, Jon was on the local news again. On October 18, 2009, Jon completed the 13.1 mile run at the Detroit Free Press Marathon, but collapsed and died shortly after completion of his event. At age 26, he was the youngest of three people that died that day on the course.

For more information on the Jon Fenlon Foundation, click here.  





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