Memorial event raises $14K for Wellmont Hospice

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Wellmont Hospice will receive $ 14,210 from a motorcycle ride recently held in memory of Jackie Stump — a former Virginia delegate and community servant.

The ride was named “Riding the Storm Out” after the hit song from rock band REO Speedwagon. The money will be distributed through the patient assistance fund for those who do not have insurance, or who need help paying for medications, hospital beds and other equipment, according to a news release from Wellmont Health System. Some funds will also help patients’ families pay rent, buy food and pay utility bills.

“We called it ‘Riding the Storm Out’ because that’s what Jackie did when he received bad news from the doctor,” said Linda Stump, Jackie Stump’s widow. “He’d get on his 1987 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Classic, play that REO Speedwagon song and just ride.”

Stump died on June 2, 2016, after a nearly 11-year fight against cancer. He was known as a champion for those who were less fortunate and always considered them a priority, according to the news release.

“Jackie was a fighter, and he fought cancer like no one I’ve ever seen,” said Linda Stump. “He was never going to give up. He would go about every year and have radiation or chemo, but he always kept working to help people. Serving others kept Jackie alive. As long as he could, his mind was focused on doing what was right, and surviving.”

Stump shared an example of her husband’s commitment to helping others: helping fight a fire when he arrived as a legislator for the first time in Richmond, Virginia.

“We were walking back from the Capitol that evening and a fire truck stopped at a hotel,” she said. “As the firefighters got out, Jackie just ran over, grabbed a hose and ran with them into the building without any protection. I was worried, but his aide told me to calm down — that Jackie was trained. He came out a few minutes later with ash and soot all over him and his suit.”

Stump served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1989-2005. He served on state boards and commissions, including the Virginia Parole Board and the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. Stump was also a U.S. Air Force veteran who fought in the Vietnam War.

The event was organized by Linda Stump and Black Wolf Harley-Davidson. Black Wolf had Stump’s Harley on display for several months, and held a raffle to sell it to help fund the ride.

Wellmont Hospice leaders said the money raised will have a profound effect on the patients they serve.

“Even though Jackie Stump is no longer with us, his legacy and spirit of service to others continues to manifest itself through the generosity demonstrated in this event,” said Jackie Everett, system director of hospice services.

Wellmont Hospice provides care for individuals at the hospice house, their homes, and in nursing homes, hospitals, or assisted-living facilities. Medical services, pain management, skilled nursing, emotional and spiritual support, medical supplies and equipment, social work, counseling and up to 13 months of free follow-up bereavement care for families is offered through hospice. Volunteer services include light housekeeping, grocery shopping, transportation, and sitting with patients so caregivers can take a break.

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